A sailboat on San Francisco Bay.

Scow schooner ALMA, sailing on San Francisco Bay.

NPS/Jason Rucker

ALMA Statistics
Overall Length
80 feet
Registered Length
59 feet

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.
To learn more, see the annotated bibliography of our Park's Research Center's resources related to Alma.

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