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Ship Balclutha

 
 
Ship <i>Balclutha</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 4, 2017
1. Ship Balclutha Marker
Captions: (main photo) The Star of Alaska, formerly Balclutha, under sail off San Francisco in the 1920s; (map, bottom right) Routes of the European grain trade and the Alaska salmon trade.
Inscription. "No one who has not been there can imagine the strain on the captain in trying to get around Cape Horn. This passage in the Balclutha was about my hardest time. - Captain Alfred Durkee, Master 1894-1899

Balclutha was a cargo ship, one of thousands of iron and steel sailing vessels built in Great Britain and Europe beginning in the 1860s.
During thirteen years under the British flag, Balclutha called at San Francisco five times, bringing coal and general cargo from Europe and returning with California grain.
From 1903 to 1930 the ship made yearly voyages between San Francisco and Alaska. Renamed Star of Alaska, she sailed for the Alaska Packers Association, carrying men and supplies to the canneries and bring back packed salmon.

BASIC FACTS:
Built: 1886, Glasgow, Scotland
Builder: Charles Connel & Co.
Length on Deck - 256 feet
Beam - 38 feet
Draft - 22 feet
Gross Tonnage - 1689
 
Erected by U.S. Department of the Interior. National Park Service, San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park.
 
Location. 37° 48.575′ N, 122° 25.322′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County
Ship <i>Balclutha</i> and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 4, 2017
2. Ship Balclutha and Marker
. Marker is on Hyde Street near Jefferson Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2950 Hyde Street, San Francisco CA 94109, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Cathead... (a few steps from this marker); Paddle Tug Eppleton Hall (a few steps from this marker); The Forecastle... (a few steps from this marker); Steam Tug Hercules (within shouting distance of this marker); Towing in the Open Ocean (within shouting distance of this marker); Workin' on the Railroad (within shouting distance of this marker); The Half-Deck (within shouting distance of this marker); The Deckhouse (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
 
More about this marker. The Ship Balclutha, part of the San Francisco Maritime Nation Historical Park, is berthed at the Hyde Street Pier, located at the bottom of Hyde Street.
 
Also see . . .  Star of Alaska (formerly Balclutha, later Pacific Queen and Balclutha) - Texas Tech University. After the last voyage for the Alaska Packers Association in 1930, Star of Alaska lay idle for two years. In 1932, the ship was purchased by Frank Kissinger. Kissinger was a showman who had worked carnivals
Ship <i>Balclutha</i> image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 4, 2017
3. Ship Balclutha
and other venues. He renamed Star of Alaska, Pacific Queen, and thus began a somewhat gaudy career of showboating up and down the California coast. Pacific Queen was chartered to a movie company in 1934-35 to make several sea films, including Mutiny on the Bounty with Charles Laughton and Clark Gable.
(Submitted on March 7, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
Ship <i>Balclutha</i> image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 4, 2017
4. Ship Balclutha
Main and mizzen masts of the Ship <i>Balclutha</i> image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 4, 2017
5. Main and mizzen masts of the Ship Balclutha
Ship <i>Star of Alaska,</i> aka <i>Balclutha</i> image. Click for full size.
By Texas Tech University
6. Ship Star of Alaska, aka Balclutha
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 7, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 7, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 231 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on March 7, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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