San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park is a place that will allow the visitor seeking the enjoyment of Maritime exposure a place to remember for a lifetime.
The park is composed of over 100 small crafts that have historical Maritime history values. A tourist that views these vessels will not be able to forget the experience. There are also the grand fleet consisting of the following vessels:
Balclutha, was built in 1886 as a square rigged sailing ship. Built in the year 1886 by Charles Connell & Co. Ltd this ship has been renamed many times and has had the name Star of Alaska as her name during her 1930s voyage and service the Alaskan Salmon Fleet. In 1933 she was once again renamed the Pacific Queen. The pacific Queen is famous for its star role in the movie with Clark Gable as the movie,” Mutiny On The Bounty”. This ship is a large masted sailing ship that will give the visitor a real feeling of what it is like to be aboard a ship of this era.
C.. Thayer, was built in 1895 as a schooner. At 213 feet in length displacing 453 tons of water this ship is no small ship. Launched in 1895 and serving for 55 years up till her decommission of service in 1950. This ship served as a vessel that transported timber and other trade goods as far away as Hawaii. This ship is three masted and is considered state of the art in its day of conception. Walking o this vessel is an experience that will leave the tourist wanting more.
Eureka, Built in 1890 this steam ferryboat was one of the first steam powered vessels to transport people and goods with the use of a steam powered engine. Her primary cargo was tourist in the day and rail cars at night. This ferry was well capable of moving some freight even in these modern times the cargo hold was well capable of delivering volume goods.
Alma, She was a built scow schooner. From the year 1891 and built by Fred Sieme the Alma was 80 feet long displacing 40 thousand tons of water. The Alma was two masted and constructed locally in a shipyard at Hunters Point, California. The Alma has served many needs she was once even a Oyster dredger. In 1957 she was given a new heart with the addition of a gasoline engine. This vessel is well preserved at the ripe age of only 113 years old. She still is capable of sailing the seas.
Hercules, She was constructed in 1907 as a steam tug. The Hercules is 153 feet in length and powered by three cylinder steam power plant. The Hercules displaces 409 gross tons. She has seen service as a barge hauler transporting goods as far as Hawaii. She is now a historic landmark. The ship is a fabulous e educational experience for the maritime enthusiast who wishes to see the modern age adapted to sailing and ship building.
Eppleton Hall, Constructed in 1944 a few years after Pearl Harbour Attack this vessel saw great use as a paddle wheel tug. This tug was destroyed and left on a mud bank to decay. After a number of years the Maritime museum purchased and refurbished this majestic tug. The ship was refitted with diesel engines and made the voyage across the Atlantic sea. In 1970 the Eppleton Hall crossed under the Golden Gate Bridge. Today she sits at the Hyde Street Pier waiting to enjoy the curiosity of the maritime enthusiast.
Along with all these wonderful, educational, and jaw dropping historic vessels there is the museum offering up its maritime treasures.
A gift store offers every type of Maritime souvenir available. Even restaurants are close by for the tourist who needs a bite to eat. Prices are very reasonable for this all day adventure in maritime history. A trip to this destination will be remembered by children, family and ,friends for life. Nothing is a pleasurable as seeing the vessels of the age docked in a setting that lets them be viewed timelessly. Best San Francisco Destination for the whole family.
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