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San Francisco Maritime NHP

balclutha sailing ship
Ships and the sea are very much a part of the history of San Francisco. SF Maritime National Historical Park along the waterfront has a visitor center, historic ships at Hyde Street Pier, sandy beach and grass at Aquatic Park.
Maritime NHP Photo Album
  Visitor Center
      In the visitor center, check out ships models of schooners, whaling boats, schooners, ferries, tugs and clippers ships, sparkling Fresnel lens from Farallon Island lighthouse, and wreck of a full-size fishing boat that washed up on the rocks, plus a map of shipwrecks outside the Golden Gate.
      An exhibit "A Walk Along the Waterfront" re-creates scenes of the San Francisco waterfront – from the first Native Americans in tule boats, to fur traders, Gold Rush ships (including artifacts from a buried ship), fisherman in Italian feluccas, and great steamships of the early 20th century.
 

Hyde Street Pier – Explore historic ships:

    Balclutha – Take the helm of an 1886 big square-rigged sailing vessel that sailed around Cape Horn. Kids can take a turn the helm, go down to see captain's quarters (very comfy) and cargo hold.
      C.A. Thayer – A sailing schooner that carried lumber from Pacific Northwest, and was later a fishing vessel for salmon and codfish.
      Eureka – A passenger and rail car ferry that operated between San Francisco and Tiburon. By day it carried passengers, at night it transported rail cars. Don't miss the beautifully restored 1920's cars, and the Ghirardelli Chocolate Wagon on the Eureka.
      Hercules – A 1907 ocean-going tug that towed sailing vessels out through the Golden Gate to the open sea and hauled log rafts to the lumber mills.
      Feluccas – From the pier, see a replica of 1850's brightly painted Italian fishing boats, felucca Nuovo Mundo.
      On the pier, check out a steam "donkey" engine, used to load and unload cargoes, and stern wheel from the Petaluma riverboat that chugged up the Delta.
      Kids can go inside an 1890's houseboat (very homey, with lace curtains and a small organ) and practice tying knots (double half hitch, rolling hitch, bowline etc.).
    Aquatic Park
      The Aquatic Park has a sand beach and calm water. It's the perfect place for kids to dig in the sand, or wade (but water's always cold, even in summer). There's a small green park too, with park benches where parents can sit back and relax, while the kids run around.
      Go out to the end of the Municipal Pier for a spot to watch the boats go by.
   

 

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