Betty Jo

Customized to survey in hazardous locations, such as near breakwaters, jettys, harbor entrances, or surf zones. Features a 3-degree transducer mounted in a well through the center of the vessel. A 10' A-frame at the stern of the BETTY JO allows deployment and recovery of oceanographic equipment and sediment sampling devices.


San Francisco's most prominent tall ship, permanently berthed at the Hyde Street pier. Originally built for the Britain-California grain trade, Balclutha switched to salmon fishing in 1902 and was renamed Star of Alaska in 1906. While she hasn't sailed in decades, at least she's still afloat–the only sailing ship of her size remaining on San … Read more


Originally built as a luxury combination passenger-cargo ship, named the Del Orleans, for trips from New Orleans to Buenos Aires Argentina. She was requisitioned by the U.S. Government in 1941, stripped her for duty, and commissioned her as the U.S.S. Crescent City. She served during World War II in most of the major campaigns in … Read more


The schooner Alumna was built for Captain Simpson at North Bend, Oregon in 1901. In 1924 she was converted to a floating brewery off Alaska where locals referred to her as a 'Schooner of Beer.' This glass-plate photo is from Steve Priske's Tall Ships of San Francisco collection.


Despite her ungainly square bow, Alma holds a unique place as the grand dame of the San Francisco sailboat fleet. She was the last scow schooner afloat when her restoration began in 1959. She is the oldest documented vessel on the west coast still certified to carry passengers.