Seen The Historic Ships On Hyde Street Pier

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"There is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats."
Kenneth Grahame, Scottish novelist

One of the tourist hotspots in my city is
Fisherman's Wharf. I've been to a lot of the wonderful places in this area like Pier 39 (I used to work there), Ghirardelli Square, the Cannery, the ferry to Alcatraz and my personal favorite the Musee Mechanique.

One place I had not been, however, is the
San Francisco Maritime Museum. There are many old time ships on Hyde Street Pier, most from the 1890's or early 1900's.

One really cool thing about Hyde Street Pier that I did not know was that before the Golden Gate Bridge was constructed in 1937, it was part of Highway 101. Because there was no road to Marin, the ferries were "part of the highway". That's kind of cool!

The Balcutha is "a three-masted, steel-hulled, square-rigged ship built to carry a variety of cargo all over the world." It was launched from Glasgow, Scotland in 1886.
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The CA Thayer is "a wooden-hulled, three-masted schooner, designed for carrying lumber." It was built in 1895 in Northern California.

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Alma is a wooden-hulled scow schooner built in 1891 to carry bulk cargo.
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Hercules is a steam powered tug built for ocean towing. It was built on the East Coast in 1907.
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The Eppleton Hall is a steel tugboat built in 1914 in England powered by two steam engines.
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The Eureka is a huge, wooden-hulled, sidewheel paddle steamboat built in 1890.
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There were a few smaller ships here as well too, but these are the main historic ships on the pier. This is a pretty nice display and walking the pier is totally free of charge. If you want to board the ships and see what they're like, it's very affordable ($5). I may do this next time when I have more time allocated for it.

I really enjoyed this and can see why people come here. They have cool information on how boats are repaired, how they catch fish, and how steam engines and those giant paddle wheels work. It doesn't take long to walk down this pier, and it's totally worth it.

Despite being a relatively young American city, San Francisco has an incredible history. Hyde Street Pier and the ships that live in it are a reminder of that fact, and it's things like this that bring visitors from all over the world to the place I call home.

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