Experience a piece of California history and enjoy the thrill of sailing on the Bay. Board the scow schooner Alma to go back in time. Built in 1891, Alma carried cargo all around the Bay and up the Sacramento Delta. Uniquely designed to navigate the shallow waters of the delta, scows like this were essential to local commerce and by 1880, two hundred fifty scows could be seen sailing in the Bay.
Alma is now part of the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park’s fleet of historic vessels at Hyde Street Pier and will be sailing the bay through November 17, 2012. Visit the pier or their website for more historical information and to find out how you too can sail the Bay: http://www.nps.gov/safr/historyculture/almaschedule2012.htm Or, call the Visitor Center Information Desk at 415-447-5000, between 9:30am - 5pm, for information.
But if the Bay winds aren’t your style and you’d rather experience the history of schooners from the comfort of your own chair, one of these books from your local library should take you where you want to go: http://bit.ly/tKxv2O