Alma is a wooden-hulled scow schooner built in 1891 to carry bulk cargo.
The flat-bottomed hull was designed to navigate the shallow waters of the Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta and to rest on the bottom at low tide.With few bridges and connecting roads, scow schooners delivered goods all over the Bay and Delta much as trucks do today.
By 1880 there were 250 sailing scows on San Francisco Bay.
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The resources of San Francisco Maritime NHP include six National Historic Landmark vessels. 1886 square-rigger Balclutha, 1890 steam ferryboat Eureka, 1891 scow schooner Alma, 1895 schooner C.A. Thayer, 1907 steam tug Hercules and 1915 steam schooner Wapama. More...