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The Balaclutha/Hyde Street Pier

Pros: A history lesson aboard a vintage sailing ship
Cons: Avoid typical high tourist times
Best For: Learning about the seafaring life of yesteryear

The Balaclutha is a square-rigged merchant ship built in Scotland in 1886, acquired by the San Francisco Maritime Museum in 1954. She is permanently docked at the Hyde Street Pier and every day at 2:15pm a tour of the ship is given by a park ranger.

Her seafaring vogages were extensive and impressive, as she carried goods around Cape Horn, at the tip of South Africa, 17 times. The Balaclutha is a U.S. National Historic Landmark and for film buffs, check out her appearance in Mutiny on the Bounty, starring Clark Gable (1935).

Noteworthy: On the first Saturday of each month there is a Chantey Sing at the Hyde St. Pier from 8pm-midnight. Admission is free, however, reservations are necessary. Call 415.561.7171. Bundle up and bring a mug for hot cider.

The Balaclutha
At The Foot of Hyde Street Pier
San Francisco, 94109
Pier is open from 9:30am to about 5pm year-round
Stop in at the Visitor Center for info before walking the pier