Wapama (steam schooner)

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Steam Schooner Wapama in Richmond Shipyard, February 2006
WAPAMA (Steam Schooner)
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
U.S. National Historic Landmark
WAPAMA (Steam Schooner)
Location: Richmond, California
Coordinates: 37°54′21.07″N 122°22′00.26″W / 37.9058528°N 122.3667389°W / 37.9058528; -122.3667389Coordinates: 37°54′21.07″N 122°22′00.26″W / 37.9058528°N 122.3667389°W / 37.9058528; -122.3667389
Built/Founded: 1915[1]
Architect: James H. Price; St. Helens Shipbuilding Co.
Governing body: National Park Service
Added to NRHP: April 24, 1973[2]
Designated NHL: April 20, 1984[3]
NRHP Reference#: 73000228

WAPAMA (Steam Schooner), also known as Tongass, is a vessel now located in Richmond, California. She is the last surviving example of some 225 steam schooners that served the lumber trade and other coastal services along the Pacific Coast of the United States[4] She is managed by the National Park Service at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, but is currently located across the bay awaiting possible renovation.

Wapama was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1984.[3][4]


She is a 204 foot wooden schooner, 40 feet across with 2 masts. She has a triple expansion steam engine with 825 hp. She could carry 1 million board feet of lumber.[5]

Currently, she has severe dry rot which has threatened the structural integrity of the hull. She has been pulled out of the water onto a barge, but will need extensive renovation.[3]


  1. NHL Writeup
  2. "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. http://www.nr.nps.gov/. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "WAPAMA (Steam Schooner)". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. http://tps.cr.nps.gov/nhl/detail.cfm?ResourceId=1311&ResourceType=Structure. Retrieved 2007-11-18. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 James P. Delgado (December 17, 1982). National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Steam Schooner Wapama (Tongass)PDF (536 KB). National Park Service. 
  5. NPS Red Book

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