Monday, October 22, 2012

Historic Alma returns to Shipyard

Alma on SF Bay circa 1900. 
Courtesy: SF Maritime National Historic Park
The historic Alma, a scow schooner built in 1891 at what was then a very different Hunters Point Shipyard, will sail back to her birthplace on Thursday, November 1st at about 10:30 am.

Along with the Americas Cup and the opening of the new span of the Bay Bridge, the Alma's voyage is part of the opening of The Year of the Bay.

Alma will land at the historic boatyard at 900 Innes in India Basin. Her crew of naturalists, cartographers, artists, writers, historians and students will walk to the nearby EcoCenter at Heron's Head Park for lunch, conversations about the history of the bay and its communities.

Natural history walks along the shore, and an early evening toast to San Francisco Bay are also planned.

Now based at SF Maritime National Historical Park, Alma was the last scow schooner afloat when her restoration began in 1959, and is the oldest documented vessel on the west coast that is still certified to carry passengers.

Learn more about this National Historic Landmark.

To RSVP or for more information email Sudeep Motupalli Rao or call him at 822.8410

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