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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ALMA was built in 1891 in a little boatyard on the southernmost bay front of San Francisco, just north of Hunters Point Navy Yard. She mostly worked in the South Bay carrying salt from the southern salt ponds. She has been rebuilt several times and now sails on the Bay often, carrying passengers. More...