October 18, 2008
San Francisco from SS Balcutha
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photo by Donald Kinney
This is the Balcutha, a wind-powered metal-hulled shipping schooner now docked at the Hyde Street Pier. In the mid-1800's, although steam engines had arrived on the scene, many shipping companies still relied on wind-power as a way to save money.
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