This panorama shows the view over San Francisco Bay from the stern of the Balclutha, one of the historic ships moored in San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. In the panorama, Alcatraz, which lies due north, is partly obscured rigging of another ship in the historic park, but there is an uninterrupted view all the way to the Golden Gate Bridge. Stand here, behind the ships wheel, and imagine what the Balclutha must have been like on the open ocean near the beginning of the 20th Century.
Balclutha Stern - San Francisco visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Balclutha Stern' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from California.
Stride along the decks of Balclutha gazing out across the harbour to the Golden Gate Bridge and it would be so easy to imagine yourself as her captain preparing to embark upon another voyage. So faithfully has she been restored and preserved by the National Parks Authority that one's imagination can come alive.
Certainly, the view from her aft deck is equally impressive for its panoramic vista of the San Fransisco city skyline and the attractions here in Fisherman's Wharf. Nearby is the Eureka, another ship under the care of the Maritime National Historical Museum. At the next pier, the Jeremiah O'Brien and USS Pampanito submarine are moored as museums and National Landmarks. On the head of the pier, the Musee Mechanique and the Maritime Park Visitor Center offer indoor attractions and activities for foul weather, meanwhile the fine sands of the Aquatic Park beach right next door offer views back to Balclutha and her illustrious companion ships at these western piers. Yet for a panoramic perspective of the harbour area and the shoreline of Fisherman's Wharf, a short walk out along the Municipal Pier is very rewarding in fine weather.
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
2905 Hyde Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
Bus: North Point St & Hyde St (10, 20, 30, 47, 91)
Cable Car: Fisherman's Wharf
Light Train: Jones St & Beach St (F)