|FIELD TRIP: Hyde Street Pier offers the sights, sounds, smells and stories of Pacific Coast maritime history. There are many historic vessels to explore.|
The Balclutha is a three-masted, steel-hulled, square-rigged ship built to carry a variety of cargo all over the world.
Launched in 1886 by the Charles Connell and Company shipyard near Glasgow, Scotland, the ship carried goods around Cape Horn 17 times.
The CA Thayer is a wooden-hulled, three-masted schooner, designed for carrying lumber. She was built in 1895 in Northern California at Hans D. Bendixsen’s shipyard in Fairhaven, CA.
The Eureka, built in 1890, is a wooden-hulled, sidewheel paddle steamboat. From the passenger deck up, she is nearly identical fore and aft. Her "double-end" design made disembarking quicker and easier.
Eureka's large "walking beam" steam engine remains intact.
The Alma is a wooden-hulled scow schooner built in 1891 to carry bulk cargo. The flat-bottomed hull was designed to navigate the shallow waters of the Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta and to rest on the bottom at low tide.
With few bridges and connecting roads, scow schooners delivered goods all over the Bay and Delta much as trucks do today. By 1880 there were 250 sailing scows on San Francisco Bay.
The Hercules is a steam powered tug built for ocean towing. The 151-foot ship, of riveted steel construction, still contains her original triple expansion steam engine. Built on the East Coast in 1907, she towed her sister ship from Camden, New Jersey around South America to San Francisco.
The Eppleton Hall is a steam-powered sidewheeler built in 1914 in England designed to tow ocean-going colliers on the River Tyne.
The Wapama was constructed in 1915 almost entirely of Douglas fir in St. Helens, Oregon. A wooden steamship, it is the last survivor of the approximately 235 steam schooners that were built on the West Coast. (Vessel information courtesy of the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park).