The Central Coast Maritime Museum Association preserves and interprets the maritime history of California and beyond. Our mission is to provide an easily accessible educational venue for maritime history, science and technology.
Restoration of the Alma is Near Completion Find out how you can help
Alma many years back
Thanks to a generous grant from the Hind Foundation and our dedicated volunteers the Alma is nearly ready for display. We are excited about bringing this important piece of Morro Bay history to the community. Local volunteers have donated hundreds of hours of work to restore the Alma. Take a look at some of the photos below to see the progress. Our next step will be to move the tug to a display location for everyone to see. As you can imagine, it is a complicated undertaking to move a boat of this size and we anticipate the cost to be around $4000. If you would like to help, please make a donation below or for volunteer opportunities contact us.
The Alma is an important part of California’s maritime history and we are very fortunate to be able restore her for future display in Morro Bay. Consultation with experts indicates that the Alma is eligible for listing on the US Department of Interior's National Register of Historic Places. Built at San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf in 1927, the Alma gained notoriety on the morning of December 23, 1941, when under the command of the late Merle Molinari of Cayucos, she headed north toward Piedras Blancas and rescued crewmembers of the Union Oil Tanker Montebello which had been torpedoed and sunk earlier that morning by a Japanese Submarine.
We have replaced and repaired decks, bulwarks, the wheelhouse exterior and some interior structural members, repaired cracks in the ferro cement hull coating, painted the exterior.