The 452 gross ton wooden three-masted schooner CA Thayer, built in California in 1895, was towed across to the Bay Shipyard in Alameda last winter for a major refit before returning to San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.
For the first time since 1912, this 219ft schooner will have 108ft high masts. Her original builder, Hans D Bendixsen, gave her this rig when she was launched at Fairhaven, California to trade with lumber from Grays Harbor, Washington down to South California.
In the United States of America, a number of former British sailing ships are under long term preservation. The 3,116 gross ton 4-masted barque Moshulu, built at Port Glasgow in 1910, has struggled to survive at Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia while the 1809 gross ton 4-masted ship Falls of Clyde is in a bad way at Honolulu.
The 1318 gross ton full rigged ship Star of India, built at Ramsey, Isle of Man in 1863, also goes out sailing from San Diego, California.
The 1,862 gross ton steel ship Balclutha, built at Dunbarton in 1886, became an attraction on the waterfront at San Francisco when she finished in the Alaska salmon canneries in the 1930s and Karl Kortum got her basically rigged out again in 1957 in the National Historic Park.