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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Tomate Farcie said...

Great shot! (I'm blushing)

Marvin said...

As I prematurely said yesterday, I really like this photo, especially the contrast between the old mast/rigging and the new of the SF skyline.

I think I'd prefer crossing the Pacific in the Balcutha rather than the Princess Taiping -- but a jumbo jet would probably be best for this landlubber.

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