This painting by W.A. Coulter depicts a full rigged ship of the Alaska Packers fleet, out bound for the north. She is passing the Farallon Islands off San Francisco Bay. The Alaska Packers fleet was one of Coulter's favorite subjects as they were one of the last sailing fleets of square riggers in the United Sates. They would leave for the Gulf of Alaska in the late spring and return with a cargo of salmon in the fall. Beautiful as these ships were, they were usually sailed on these voyages with a very small crew which made the voyage difficult for all on board.