San Francisco in San Francisco City and County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Scow Schooner Alma
Alma is the last of some 400 locally built scow schooners. Designed to haul hay, salt , bricks, and other bulk products, scows were well suited for the shallow reaches of the bay and delta.
Alma was one of five scows owned by James Peterson. She was used in a number of local trades, but most often carried salt from Alviso to San Francisco.
In 1917 Alma was rigged down for use as an unpowered barge, and later was converted to a dredge. She came to this museum in 1939 and has been restored to active sailing condition.
Built: 1891 Hunters Point, San Francisco
Builder: Fred Seimer
Length on Deck - 59 feet
Beam - 22 feet, 6 inches
Gross Tonnage - 41
Draft - 3 feet, 6 inches
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1891.
Location. 37° 48.614′ N, 122° 25.371′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker can be reached from Hyde Street near Jefferson Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2950 Hyde Street, San Francisco CA 94109, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hicks Engine (a few steps from this marker); Steering the Ship... (within shouting distance of this marker); The Main Fiferail... (within shouting distance of this marker); The Carpenter Shop... (within shouting distance of this marker); Balclutha (within shouting distance of this marker); The Deckhouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Workin' on the Railroad (within shouting distance of this marker); Towing in the Open Ocean (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
More about this marker. The scow schooner Alma, part of the San Francisco Maritime Nation Historical Park, is located on the Hyde Street Pier at the bottom of Hyde Street.
Also see . . .
1. Alam (1891) - Wikipedia. Able to navigate the shallow creeks and sloughs of the Sacramento and San Joaquin River Delta, the scows' strong, sturdy hulls could rest safely and securely on the bottom and provided a flat, stable platform for loading and unloading. While principally designed as sailing vessels, scow (Submitted on March 8, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
2. Alma - National Park Service. This site contains links to the history of the Alama and scow schooners on San Francisco Bay. In addition there is a link to a video of the Alma under sail. (Submitted on March 8, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
Credits. This page was last revised on March 10, 2017. It was originally submitted on March 8, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 164 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on March 8, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. 7. submitted on March 10, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.