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Balclutha

 
 
<i>Balclutha</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 4, 2017
1. Balclutha Marker
Inscription. was built in Scotland for the San Francisco grain trade. From the time of her launching, in 1886, until 1890 she was employed in transporting the grain harvests of California's interior valleys to the ports of Europe.

"Although the building and use of steamships increased on both sides of the ocean during this period the sailing ship par excellence, the great square rigger, did not disappear from the longer routes of commerce. The development of the Pacific coast of the United States opened a new traffic for the noble white-winged three masters. The grain of the Pacific slope could not bear the railway charge to the East, but it could bear the ocean rate around Cape Horn.
To San Francisco and Portland now flocked the largest and best sailing vessels of all the maritime nations of the world. Grain was a treacherous cargo liable to shift if loaded in bulk, and alway imposing a severe strain on the hull that conveyed it. Only the strongest and most powerful ships and experienced seamen were fit for the 14000 mile voyage around the stormy Cape.
It was a contest of truly Olympian dignity, - of the best ships of many flags with each other and the elements. Out through the Golden Gate they rode every year southward bound, the long lean iron models of Liverpool and Glasgow, the broader waist wooden New Englanders,
<i>Balclutha</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 4, 2017
2. Balclutha Marker
The marker is located near the starboard railing.
the sturdy, careful Norwegian and German ships and here and there a graceful Frenchman or Italian. The British were the most numerous, next came the Americans. The other flags were small by comparison. In this splendid grain trade there sailed from San Francisco for Europe in 1881-85, 761 British iron ships and 418 American ships." -- from "The American Merchant Marine" by Winthrop Marvin
 
Location. 37° 48.585′ N, 122° 25.354′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker can be reached from Hyde Street near Jefferson Street, on the left when traveling north. 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 Deckhouse (a few steps from this marker); The Half-Deck (a few steps from this marker); The Main Fiferail... (a few steps from this marker); Workin' on the Railroad (within shouting distance of this marker); Towing in the Open Ocean (within shouting distance of this marker); The Forecastle... (within shouting distance of this marker); Steam Tug Hercules (within shouting distance of this marker); The Cathead... (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
 
More about this marker.
<i>Balclutha</i> Figurehead image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 4, 2017
3. Balclutha Figurehead
The Balclutha is docked at the Hyde Street Pier. The markers is located mid-ship on the starboard side.
 
Also see . . .  Balclutha Ship Documentary (History Project) - YouTube. The title says it all. (Submitted on March 12, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
Cargo Deck image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 4, 2017
4. Cargo Deck
Poop Deck image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 4, 2017
5. Poop Deck
Mizzen Mast image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 4, 2017
6. Mizzen Mast
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 12, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 11, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 163 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 11, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.   3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on March 12, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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