Maritime Museum of San Diego
1492 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA, USA
Maritime Museum of San Diego Reviews
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Maritime Museum of San Diego established in 1948, preserves one of the largest collections of historic sea vessels in the United States.
San Salvador is set to launch Sunday, April 19, 2015
Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo’s ship, the San Salvador, arrived at the port we now call San Diego on September 28, 1542. She was the first recorded European vessel to sail along Southern California, surveying its coastline. The San Salvador functions as an "origin symbol" for San Diego in much the same way as the Mayflower is the origin symbol of New England.
In the past few years the Maritime Museum of San Diego has embarked on the construction of a historically accurate replica. This construction is now underway at Spanish Landing, located along the San Diego Bay near the San Diego International Airport.
STAR OF INDIA (1863) The oldest merchant sailing ship in the world. Her first voyags took her to India as she helped supply England with much needed cotton. Several years later , with her ownership changed , she begun to transport emigrants to New Zealand as part of England's bid to maintain her superiority over the world's ocenas.
PILOT (1914)- the oldest wooden pilot boat in the country spends her days at the Maritime Museum taking school children on ecology fields trips and visitors on historic cruises on San Diego Bay. Occasionally, she still ferries harbor pilots to and from historic ships entering and leaving San Diego Bay.
B-39 (1974) decent into the world of the Soviet Navy submariner on this diesel-electric powered Soviet attack submarine. She patrolled the oceans of the world with her 78 men crew and often spent time at depths as deep as 985'.
She was the first steel-hulled . double-ended, propeller-driven ferryboat to operate on San Francisco Bay. One of her most well-known efforts was to help evacuate the burning city of San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake. Her main occupation was ferrying folks between Oakland and San Francisco.
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Pretty cool May 16, 2014
Pretty close to the USS Midway carrier museum but we chose to drive because we had a five year old with us. We used the meter parking right in front of the ships but you can only put 2 hours of coins at a time. We had to get some change and go back to refill. The ships are pretty cool and give you a prospective of how people travelled not too long ago. The submarines are pretty cool also but be prepared to use steep stairs up and down and also crawl through holes on the Russian sub from each chamber. They have a testing loop before you go in so you can get an idea if you can fit thru it or not. Our 5 year old LOVED it, the staff was super friendly and I would definitely recommend it.
Maritim Museum San Diego Jan 08, 2009
The Maritim Museum is composed by several ships. This is some of those :
- The Star Of India, the older ship that still sails (and I think the most beautiful)
- The HMS Surprise, a replica of a 18th century Royal Navy frigate. Maybe some of you will recognize the boat used in the movie Master and Commanders.
- A russian submarine, the B-39.
- The Berkeley, a steam ferry from the end of the 19th century
- The Medea a seam yacht from 1904.
There is also Pilot, a pilot boat for commercial ships entering and leaving the harbor and the sailboat Californian. This last one was not there when I have visited the museum
All the people who love boats and the sea must visit this place. Not only for the boat, but also for all the informations and the models that you could find on every ship.
The entrance is not expensive (14$ for an adult, 11$ for students and seniors) and if you love the place you can upgrade your ticket for a free general admission for one year for only 5$. A lot of different exhibits take place here all year long.
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