A panorama of the cargo hold of the Balcutha, one of the historic ships in the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. As the panorama shows, the cargo hold has been mocked up to show some of the goods the Balcutha would have carried in her trading and sailing days. It seems that Colman's mustard was quite a popular item.
Balclutha Cargo Hold - San Francisco visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Balclutha Cargo Hold' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from California.
Circumnavigating the whole world once a year meant that Balclutha could carry vital supplies to colonies and trade produce to support emerging economies in exotic and far-flung locations. While timber, grain, wool and tallow were staple and critical cargoes, merchants on tall ships such as these could carry any number of exotic and unusual supplies, including mustard! Scotch Whiskey was brought from Glasgow and Liverpool to San Francisco on her maiden voyage - and frequently thereafter. Pottery, cutlery, household items and everyday essentials were in demand - items which many not be commonly found or manufactured in the 'new world' as well as home comforts for expatriates.
This living museum faithfully replicated the immersive experience of life aboard an ocean-going merchant ship from the late 19th century. Balclutha is a ward of the National Park Service at the Maritime National Historical Park and is a highlight on a visit to Fisherman's Wharf.
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)