San Francisco in San Francisco City and County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The deckhouse first started to appear as a feature of merchant ships about fifty years before the Balclutha was built. It replaced a tiny portable structure just large enough of the cook and his stove, called the caboose. This was lashed down wherever convenient on the deck, and occasionally in heavy weather was lost overboard with its contents, including the cook.
Even a steel deckhouse like this, marking Balclutha as an up-to-date windjammer for 1886, (until that time this house was usually built of paneled teak), was not impregnable. During the unusually heavy gales off the Horn in 1905 the full rigged ship Beacon Rock took a sea aboard that smashed in the port side of her steel deckhouse, swept the galley clean of everything, and destroyed three of the ships' four boats.
Location. 37° 48.585′ 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 Half-Deck (here, next to this marker); Balclutha (a few steps from this marker); Workin' on the Railroad (a few steps from this marker); Towing in the Open Ocean (a few steps from this marker); Steam Tug Hercules (a few steps from this marker); The Forecastle... (a few steps from this marker); The Cathead... (a few steps from this marker); The Main Fiferail... (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
More about this marker. The Deckhouse marker is found onboard the Balclutha, near the deckhouse, mid-ship, port side.
Categories. • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on March 10, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 10, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 181 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 10, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.