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

Beam 22.6 feet
Depth 4 feet

Gross Tonnage
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.


Did You Know?

The scow schooner ALMA, with white sails raised, sailing on SF Bay.

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...