Alma scow schooner
Alma sailing on the San Francisco Bay

The last of her kind, Alma is an 1891 National Historic Landmark scow schooner. 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.

Go Sailing on San Francisco Bay!

From June 9 - November 17, 2018, we invite you to haul lines and raise sails, or sit back and relax, as you explore San Francisco Bay aboard the 60-foot scow schooner. During this unique and educational National Park Service sailing program, Rangers will share stories about Spanish explorers, the Gold Rush, Fisherman’s Wharf, and more!
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Group Sailing Options

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Overall Length 80 feet
Registered Length 59 feet
Beam 22.6 feet
Depth 4 feet
Gross Tonnage 41.76
Height of Foremast 67 feet

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Research & More

See the annotated bibliography of our Park's Research Center's resources related to Alma.

Last updated: May 24, 2018

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