Maritime Museum, San Diego

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    The world's oldest active sailing ship
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    HMS Surprise at the Maritime Museum
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    Sylvain spying on the San Diego harbor
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    Maritime Museum

    by lmkluque Updated Sep 2, 2012

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    The Maritime Museum consists of the following ships:

    San Salvador, Star of India, HMS Surprise, Californian, Steam Ferry Berkeley, Steam Yacht Medea, B-39 Submarine, USS Dolphin Submarine, SD Harbor Pilot Boat and the America.

    On my Parade of Sail Travelogue Also in Local Customs tip titled, Festival of Sail there are more photos of the Tallships that spark the imagination.

    These ships are open for tours and the cost of admission is quite reasonable.

    Admission:(Includes all ships and exhibits, but not sailing options.)
    Adults - $14.00
    Senior (62 yrs +) and Active Military(w/ID) - $11.00
    Students (17 yrs to 13 yrs) - $11.00
    Children (12 yrs to 6 yrs) - $8.00
    Children (5 and under) - Free

    While taking a walk along the Harbor it is impossible to miss the Star of India and a tour of it alone is worth the price. It is fun for young children to explore and especially to get behind the big wheel and pretend to sail away! (A great photo opt.)

    On most weekends, the, "Adventure Sail aboard Californian" is offered for an added fee and it is really quite an exciting thing to participate in sailing this schooner, which is the Official Tall Ship of the State of California.

    On special occasions the Star Of India is taken out for a sail on the bay.

    Check their website for details on "Battle Days:" A day of sailing which includes a cannon fight between the Lynx and the Californian. I've been on the bay while these battle rage. It is loud and looks exciting and fun.

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    Star of India Sailing Ship

    by travelgirl3 Written Oct 21, 2004

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    Star of India, San Diego, CA

    This magnificent vessel was first launched in 1863 as the Euterpe, and she is currently the world's oldest active ship. She arrived in San Diego in 1927, and was eventually fully restored, sailing again in 1976 for the first time in almost 50 years.

    Unfortunately, this beautiful ship is sailed only once or twice each year, but is open for visitors daily. She is maintained by volunteers, and tours are operated by the Maritime Museum of San Diego.

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    Maritime Museum

    by Ken_Weaver Updated Jul 1, 2005

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    This is a collection of several ships including the Star of India, the worlds oldest sailing ship; the Berkeley which was a ferry boat that shuttled survivors across SF Bay following the Great 1906 Earthquake; the HMS Rose, which was used in the movie "Master and Commander, The Far Side of the World;" several smaller steam driven yachts and now most recently, a former Russian Submarine, the B-39.

    The Star of India is the star of the museum having sailed around the world 21 times. It has been restored totally and is totally functional as a sailing ship.

    The HMS Rose is a replica of an 18th Century sailing ship. It was used for sail training from 1985 to 2001. It was then purchased to be used in the film. As you walk below you will see the gun placements just as they were in the movie. Also, the captains cabin is just as it was in the film also.

    I was there the weekend before Memorial Day which was the first day of showing for the B-39 Submarine, so I will have to view that at another time.

    The museum is open 365 days a year from 9am to 8 pm.

    Entrance Fee:
    Adults $10
    Juniors, Seniors and Military $8
    Children $7

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    Maritime Museum of San Diego

    by Jefie Written Oct 29, 2013

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    I mostly put San Diego's Maritime Museum on my list of things to do because I thought Sylvain would enjoy it being the avid sailing enthusiast that he is. But you know what? I enjoyed it just as much as he did! The Maritime Museum is not your typical museum - it gives visitors a chance to explore several historic boats, sailboats and submarines at their own pace. You don't need to follow a guided tour and unless there's a restricted access sign, you're free to go wherever you want and touch whatever you want. This hands-on approach is what I enjoyed the most, and having the unique opportunity to explore real-life submarines (you might want to skip them if you're claustrophobic) was rather fantastic! Make sure to plan sufficient time to tour around all the boats - you'll need at least 90 minutes to complete your visit.

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    San Diego Maritime Museum

    by ranger49 Updated Jun 1, 2007

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    This harbour side museum visit was really something for my husband. His prime interest, as a fan of the Jack Aubrey books, was HMS Surprise there is so much more to see and I enjoyed the visit just as much as he did.

    The historical ships were of special interest. I was fascinated by The Star of India and found it hard to imagine how so many 19th century emigrants from Europe to the New World survived the conditions below decks for voyages often lasting months.
    The small, perfect luxury yacht, Medea, has an interesting history too. Built for rich people's pleasure, not long before the outbreak of WW1 she went on to serve as a vessel of the French Navy and was equipped as a gun boat.
    In the inter war years she returned to social cruising but returned to active service with the Royal Navy in World War II, as a barrage balloon vessel at the mouth of the River Thames. Later she went back to Scotland and was used by the Norwegian Navy, accommodating Norwegian commando officers.
    Still seaworthy she undertakes promotional/charter cruising.

    The large steam ferry boat, Berkeley, operated in San Francisco harbour for over 60 years and in the 1906 earthquake ferried hundreds of people to safety. It now houses important archives and teaching programmes and hosts very large social functions. During our visit preparations were in hand for a dinner dance in the massive dining/dance hall.

    For anyone interested in maritime history the San Diego Maritime Museum is well worth a look - and has better pictures than mine.

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    Maritime Museum

    by Tom_Fields Updated Oct 14, 2007

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    San Diego has a fine maritime museum, comparable to that in San Francisco. Here is a view from a tour boat in the harbor.

    The museum includes the Star of India, a 19th century clipper ship, very much like the Cutty Sark. Built on the Isle of Man in 1863, she stills sets sail annually, making her the world's oldest active ship.

    The Surprise, used in the movie Master and Commander: the Far Side of the World, is a new addition to the museum. She is a replica of an 18th century Royal Navy frigate.

    Another recent addition is the B-39, a Soviet-built, Cold War-era Foxtrot-class submarine, like the one on display in Long Beach.

    The Californian is a replica of the Revenue Cutter C.W. Lawrence, built in 1847. The Revenue Cutter Service patrolled our coastal waters in the 19th century; it was the predecessor of the US Coast Guard. The Californian, built in 1984, is the official Tall Ship of the state of California. She is available for tours and at-sea excursions (visit the website for details).

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    Down by the sea

    by bugalugs Written Jan 25, 2005

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    Obviously San Diego has much to offer but our time there was very limited, and spending a whole day in Sea World meant we didnt have a lot of time left. However, make time to stroll along the Embarcadero. The Maritime Museum on the embarcadero is worth a visit if you are interested in ships. .

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    Maritime History

    by bugalugs Written Jan 25, 2005

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    This is the 'Star of India' whose masts are over 100 feet high. It was built on the Isle of Man (an island of the North West Coast of England). It was launched in 1863 and worked the England/India trade routes, also in the Alaskan salmon fisheries and carried immigrants to New Zealand.
    The Museum is open 9-8pm daily

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    San Diego Maritime Museum

    by razorbacker Written Oct 2, 2007

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    The Maritime Museum is one of the great attractions of San Diego. There are severral historic ships moored at the museum, including the Star of India, world's oldest active ship, the Surprise, which was the ship used in the filming of "Master and Commander," the Californian, the state's official tall ship, the Berkeley, a historic steam ferry, the Medea, a steam yacht, the Pilot San Diego Harbor's official pilot ship for over 80 years, and (I'm not sure when this one's being added) a Russian submarine.
    The museum, offices, and a cool bookshop are all located aboard the Berkeley.
    This is a "don't miss" attraction!

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    Star of India, Don't get Scurvy

    by heitzenrater Updated Aug 31, 2005

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    Don't get Scurvy

    The Star of India is the world's oldest active ship. In 1863 she was built in at on the stocks at Ramsey Shipyard in the Isle of Man. During this time Iron ships were experiments. The majority of ships were still being built out of wood. Once she launched she bore the name Euterpe, after the Greek goddess of music.

    ADDRESS
    Maritime Museum of San Diego
    1492 North Harbor Drive
    San Diego, CA 92101

    HOURS OF OPERATION
    Open every day of the year
    9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    (open until 9:00 p.m. Memorial Day - Labor Day)

    General Admission Prices
    Adults $10
    Juniors (13-17) $8
    Seniors (62 and over) $8
    Active Military (with valid military ID) $8
    Children (6-12) $7

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    San Diego Maritime Museum, Page 2

    by razorbacker Updated Oct 2, 2007

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    See Page 1! The Star of India was built and launched from the Isle of Man in 1863, originally christened the "Euterpe." She is the oldest active ship in the world and still makes a cruise at least once a year. The Berkeley is an 1898 steam ferry that served 60 years on San Francisco Bay. She was continually active in evacuating victims after the Great Earthquake of 1906. The Californian is the state's official tall ship. She is a replica of the 1847 revenue cutter, C.W. Lawrence, that patrolled the coast during the years of the Gold Rush. The Medea is a 1904 steam yacht built for a wealthy Scotsman and military officer. She served on active military duty during both World Wars. The Pilot, built in 1914, was official pilot boat for San Diego Bay for 82 years. HMS Surprise is a replica of a 24-gun Royal Navy frigate from the era of Admiral Lord Nelson. It was the ship used in the Academy Award-winning film, "Master and Commander." The B-39 Soviet Attack sub was commissioned in the early 1970s and served in the Soviet Navy for over 20 years, including during the Cold War.

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    Maritime Museum of San Diego

    by acemj Updated Jan 17, 2006

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    The Maritime Museum of San Diego has an incredible collection of historic ships. The most famous, pictured here, is the Star of India, the world's oldest ship. The other ships include the Berkeley, a 1898 steam ferry and there's even a B-39 submarine.

    Check out the website below for details on each of the ships.

    Open every day 9am to 8pm.

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    H.M.S. Suprise - Tall Ship

    by janders Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    H.M.S. Suprise

    If you are visting San Diego, you must see the H.M.S. Suprise.
    This ship was in the Master and Commander movie.
    She is a very beautiful ship, and is a replica of the H.M.S. Rose.
    You are able to board the ship and walk around on the deck, quater deck, and down below to the cannons, galley/sleeping quaters, Surgens Quaters, and the Captians Cabin.
    They have restored this ship as accurate as possible, with some extras that Fox studios wanted to add. They have on board, clothes and props from the movie that you can view.
    When down below deck, you can hear the people walking around on top and it makes you feel like you are on a working ship.
    Please check out my H.M.S. Suprise page in my Album to see pictures and descripitions of this ship.
    The Museum has 2 other historic tall ships which are the, Star of India and the Californian.
    If you like to sail on the Californian, you can for 30.00 dollars each person. The price gets you into all of the museum exhibts and is worth it. But call first or vist there website for days of the half day sails.

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    San Diego Maritime MuseumThe...

    by Juliet67 Written Sep 2, 2002

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    San Diego Maritime Museum

    The San Diego Maritime Museum was founded in 1948. Prior to this official beginning, committee members had been involved with the Maritime Research Society, a branch of the Zoological Society. By 1958 the group broke away and became completely responsible for managing the Star.

    The museum expanded in 1973 with the acquisition of the ferryboat Berkeley and the steam yacht Medea. After six decades of carrying passengers across San Francisco Bay, the Berkeley came to rest at the San Diego waterfront acting as headquarters for the museum, housing workshops, offices, the maritime library and the gift shop.
    The Star is the oldest active ship in the world ('active' meaning she's ready for sail in a short time - unlike some older ships that might have to take a very long time to get ready to 'sail' in gentle breezes only).

    In 1927 the Star of India was donated to a group of San Diego historians who had a dream of restoring the sailing ship. Despite their good intentions, they lacked the money to adequately maintain the Star. It was not until 1957, when Captain Alan Villiers, a famous skipper and author, came to San Diego on a tour and saw the dilapidation of the old ship, that things began to change. Villiers so reprimanded the city for their lack of responsibility that people began to donate money, even if only to relieve the burden on their consciences. By 1976 the ship's restoration was complete and she was sailing off the coast near San Diego.

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    One of my favorite things I...

    by brdwtchr Written Aug 25, 2002

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    One of my favorite things I did in San Diego was visit the, 1863 Bark, The Star of India and the other ships at the Maritime Museum. There is also a 1904 yacht and an 1898 ferryboat.
    On board the ships there is a floating museum. One exhibit contained works of art and tiny ships built in miniature. Another exhibit was about the tuna fishery that had exhisted in San Diego. My favorite part was the pirate museum in the hull of the Star of India.

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    Jan 4, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Sweethearts Sail on the Bay with the Ones You Love. The best place to celebrate Valentines Day with your loved one is on beautiful San Diego Bay. Guests will board the official tall ship of California, for a four hour scenic tour of the bay, marine wildlife and local attractions. Ticket prices include keepsake photos, champagne, chocolate covered strawberries and other delicacies. Event takes place on Saturday, February 9 and Sunday, February 10 from 12:30pm-4:30pm. Tickets are $60 for adults and $35 for children and can be purchased online through the museum’s website at www.sdmaritime.org.

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