Balclutha is a three-masted full-rigged sailing ship. The steel-hulled ship is 92 m long and used to have a crew of about 26. She is located at the Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, which is situated n the edge of San Francisco Bay in the Fisherman's Wharf neighbourhood. Tickets for entrance to the historic ships on Hyde Street Pier can be obtained from a booth on the pier.
Balclutha was built by Charles Connell & Co. Ltd., Glasgow, Scotland in 1866. She was used as a general trading ship, and travelled many of the world's trade routes, rounding Cape Horn numerous times, she carried cargo from Europe and brought back nitrate from Chile, wool from Australia, rice from the Far East, Timber from America. In 1899 she sailed trading route between America and Australia.
In 1904 she was bought by the Alaska Packers' Association (APA) and renamed Star of Alaska where she supported the salmon fishing trade. She was retired in 1930 and subsequently bought by Frank Kissinger who renamed her the Pacific Queen, and was used as an exhibition ship, and made an appearance in the movie "mutiny on the Bounty". In 1994, she was acquired by the San Francisco Maritime Museum who restored the ship and changed her name back to Balclutha. The ship became a U.S. National Historic Landmark. in 1985. The ship is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
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