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10-10-2000, 05:01 PM
"Buttheaders" in Texas, "square-toed frigates" in Maine. Seems scows had many names according to the part of the country they were in. Here are a couple of websites that turned up for you scow fans. Some good reads--both are about ALMA.
www.cr.nps.gov/maritime/nhl/alma.htm (http://www.cr.nps.gov/maritime/nhl/alma.htm)
www.nps.gov/safr/local/alma.html (http://www.nps.gov/safr/local/alma.html)

And one about the R.H. Becker:
www.execpc.com/~bbaillod/sheboygan/becker.htm (http://www.execpc.com/~bbaillod/sheboygan/becker.htm)

[This message has been edited by Kermit (edited 10-10-2000).]

Bob Cleek
10-11-2000, 02:11 AM
Check out "Scow Schooners of San Francisco Bay" by Roger Olmstead, California History Center, (1988) 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino, CA, 95014 ISSN 0276-4105. May be available through the bookstore at the SF National Maritime Museum (WB ads) The last word on the subject... heck, the ONLY word on the subject. I'm biased, though. The editor was a friend of mine and she gave me a nice "thank you" in the acknowledgements for some help I was able to give her! LOL Really a great read if you like scows and great old photos. Lots of lines, too.

BTW, ALMA is the last of her kind (well, there is one original scow sloop still afloat, but I'm keeping her whereabouts a secret until I can wrest her away from her present owner) but as a sailer, ALMA was never much to crow about. She's planked athwartships, unusual for a SF Bay scow. Very boxy and flat bottomed. Not your epitome of a scow at all. If any of you are hot to build a scow, check out ALBERTINE, whose lines are available from the National Historic Merchant Marine Survey collection in the Smithsonian. She was practically a sister to NETTIE, which was the fastest and best sailing scow ever. Very nice looking, too. Venerable and as much of a national treasure as ALMA is, she couldn't hold a candle to something like ALBERTINE or NETTIE.

10-11-2000, 10:06 AM
A few years ago some scow sloops could still be seen in the lagoons of the Tamaulipas coast. Maybe some still exist.
In the late 1940's some friends and I found a San Francisco scow tied up in the Richmond Channel. She still had her name boards, "Herman Blum." She had been converted to an oil barge with huge tanks on the weather deck.
We had the idea of re-converting her to a schooner, but limited funds prevented. I presume she is long gone by now.