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Smooth Sailing Family Fun Aboard 1891 Scow Schooner Alma

Scow schooner ALMA with her sails raised on San Francisco Bay with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background.
ALMA sailing on San Francisco Bay.
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News Release Date: May 1, 2014
Contact: Lynn Cullivan, 415-561-7006

 What: Public sailing on San Francisco Bay aboard the restored 1891scow schooner Alma.

When: Selected Thursdays and Saturdays, 1:00-4:00, boarding at 12:30, June 5 through November 22. 2014. June dates: 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26.

Where: Boat leaves from Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco, at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. 

Fees: Adults, $40. Ages 62 and over, $30. Ages 6 – 15, $20. Ages 5 and under, free (accompanied by an adult).

Tickets: Beginning Wednesday, May 21, reserve at http://www.recreation.gov and enter San Francisco Maritime in the search box, or call 1-877-444-6777. Limited spaces may be available at the Hyde Street Pier ticket booth on sailing days, 9:30am-Noon.

More information on Alma: 415-447-5000, or http://www.nps.gov/safr/historyculture/alma.htm

Shanghai the kids to Hyde Street Pier for sailing adventures on San Francisco Bay aboard the 1891 scow schooner Alma! Haul lines to raise sail, or relax and enjoy the dazzling views of the Bay in this unique national park experience. As you sail on this 3-hour tour, a Park Ranger spins tales of San Francisco’s riveting history: Native Americans, Spanish explorers, bridges, the Gold Rush, Alcatraz and Angel Islands, the infamous Barbary Coast where sailors were shanghaied from the San Francisco waterfront for long ocean voyages, and more! Before highways and bridges, hundreds of scow schooners like the Alma plied San Francisco Bay, hauling goods as the “flatbed trucks” of their day. The last of her kind, Alma will transport you to a long ago era on this unique, hands-on sailing program with the National Park Service.

Boarding is at 12:30, departing Hyde Street pier at 1:00. Be prepared for cold, wind, spray, and bright sun. Life jackets and flotation devices are provided. 

Bring water (no alcohol permitted), snacks, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, layers of clothing, closed toe “active’ footwear (no high heels), camera, binoculars, and a sense of adventure! Trip may be cancelled due to weather, or other safety concerns, at discretion of the captain.

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park includes a magnificent fleet of historic ships, Visitor Center, museum, Library, and Aquatic Park Historic District. For more information, call 415-447-5000 or visit the park’s website at http://www.nps.gov/safr/

 

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Did You Know?

Balclutha at Hyde Street Pier.

The 19th Century sailing ship Balclutha, moored at San Francisco Maritime NHP, carried tons of coal during her career. Coal from Wales and Australia provided fuel for the West Coast's railroads, steamships, factories, businesses and homes.