USCG Certification

Passenger Vessel (Subchapter T)


The last of approximately 400 scow schooners that carried cargo in the San Francisco Bay area at the turn of the century, Alma was built at Hunter’s Point in San Francisco Bay in 1891. Today she is owned and operated by San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, and docked at Hyde Street Pier near Fisherman’s Wharf. From March to November, Alma sails with two professionals and a crew of volunteers, representing and interpreting a time when commerce moved by boat around the Bay. The volunteer program enables trainees to learn about traditional sailing and wooden boat maintenance. No fees are required as all crew volunteer to sail and maintain Alma and other park vessels. The park offers visitors a ranger-led interpretive program (under sail), a grade school history program and special events at ports around the bay.


Flag: United States of America
Rig: Schooner
Homeport: San Francisco, CA
Sparred Length: 88'
LOA: 62'
LOD: 61' 4
LWL: 59' 5
Draft: 3' 6
Beam: 23' 6
Rig height: 76'
Freeboard: 4'
Sail Area: 2684 square feet
Tons: 47
Hull: Wood


Who Sails? Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College
Program Type: Passenger Daysails, Dockside Interpretation, Maritime History, Nautical Science & Seamanship, Museum Education, ranger led interpretive program under sail
Normal cruising waters: San Francisco Bay
Built: 1891
Crew: 4
Contact: Carter Cassel, Captain
Tel: 415.447.5000
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