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    San Francisco Maritime

    National Historical Park California

Alma

The scow schooner Alma sailing on San Francisco Bay.
The scow schooner ALMA, sailing on San Francisco Bay.
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ALMA Statistics
Overall Length
80 feet
Registered Length
59 feet

Beam 22.6 feet
Depth 4 feet

Gross Tonnage
41.76
Height of Foremast
67 feet

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.

Click here to read more about ALMA's history, and the history of scow schooners on San Francisco Bay.

 
 
 

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