ALMA (Scow Schooner)

2905 Hyde St. (Hyde St. Pier), San Francisco, California

Photos 

Scow Schooner ALMA

1. PROFILE VIEW OF STARBOARD, SCOW SCHOONER ALMA, WITH PORT PROFILE OF STEAM SCHOONER WAPAMA BEYOND

Photo from the Historic American Engineering Record

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Map 

Street View 

Description 

ALMA is the only extant San Francisco Bay scow schooner. More than four hundred of these craft were built for service on San Francisco Bay and its tributaries between 1850 and 1906. The scow schooners carried cargo and served to connect the many communities of the San Francisco Bay area before the construction of major bridges and the advent of widespread commercial trucking. The waterborne link provided by the scow schooners was a key to the region's economic growth. -- Historic American Engineering Record (HAER CA-60)

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 10, 1975
Reference number
75000179
Architectural style
Other architectural type; Scow schooner
Areas of significance
Commerce; Transportation; Architecture
Levels of significance
National; State
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Structure
Historic functions
Water-related; Business
Current functions
Museum; Park
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1875-1899
Significant year
1891

Update Log 

  • April 28, 2018: New photo from Richard Doody
  • January 12, 2017: New Street View added by Bill Eichelberger

Sources 

Comments 

ALMA (Scow Schooner)
Posted June 7, 2018, by Gary Keep (gckeep [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Regarding the comment, yes the Wapama is on the barge at the Bay Model but Alma is docked against the barge. For a number of years in the late 1980s Alma was kept at the Bay Model in Sausalito during the spring and summer when she was rigged for sailing. There was no small boat dock at Hyde St Pier so she was moored offshore at Hyde St nest to the Eppleton Hall.

I spent a number of years in the mid 80s working as a ranger and deck hand at Hyde St Pier supervising volunteer work parties on both Alma and Wapama. If you Google photos of Alma there is a color photo of myself and Erik Olsen (who still works at the Museum) overhauling blocks on Alma with Wapamas hull alongside.

Gary Keep

ALMA (Scow Schooner)
Posted May 6, 2011, by David J.Moore (jeromebaja [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The vessel pictured under this entry is not the "Alma". The picture shows the Steam Lumber Ship "Wapama" as it appeared for many years on the shores of Richardson Bay, Sausalito, California, where it sat on a barge near the U.S.Army Corps of Engineers' Bay Model Facility.