Maritime Museum of San Diego Innovative, Engaging and Educational San Salvador Exhibit and Pacific Heritage Tour Continues Across Southern California

Be part of history as the full-scale replica of explorer Juan
Rodriguez Cabrillo’s San Salvador, the first European vessel to explore
California’s coast, makes her next voyage to Santa Barbara and Newport
Beach, California

SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sail across the centuries and be part of history when the full-scale
replica of the first European vessel to explore the California coast
takes her next Pacific Heritage Tour departing Maritime Museum of San
Diego May 15. Featured stops at two additional ports will be along the
West Coast and include a variety of onshore exhibits, day sail and
seagoing adventures.

  • May 18-23: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, Santa Barbara
    (Day Sail
    May 23)
  • June 9-11: Newport Beach Wooden Boat Festival, Balboa Yacht Club,
    Newport Beach
    (Day Sail June 11)

“San Salvador is the newest of the Maritime Museum of San Diego’s
world-class collection of historic vessels, and one that provides a
unique educational platform. This multi-year Pacific Heritage Tour and
the San Salvador vessel serve as seafaring symbols of
California’s origin story and the history of America from a West Coast
perspective. This truly is a rare opportunity for others to share the
experience and be part of our rich maritime history,” said Dr. Ray
Ashley, Maritime Museum of San Diego President and CEO.

The 2017 Pacific Heritage Tour also includes an ocean-going
excursion from Santa Barbara to the Channel Islands to San Diego (May
23-29). The sailing adventure includes seven days, six nights, meals and
onboard accommodations. It is open to a limited number of passengers,
ages 12 and up. While aboard, guests will see California through
explorers’ eyes, and join the crew for sailing lessons, shipboard
activities including hands-on demonstrations of celestial navigation,
cartography, and sail handling. This unique nautical experience is
$1,542 per person. Group discounts are also available.

About San Salvador

The design and construction of the replica involved some of the world’s
leading historians and marine archeologists. The original galleon, later
nicknamed “the Mayflower of the West,” first sailed in 1542. Juan
Rodriguez Cabrillo, a Spanish explorer who was searching for new trade
routes from Mexico to Asia and Europe, sailed her along the California
coastline. Among his discoveries was San Diego Bay, where the replica
would be built more than 450 years later by hundreds of Maritime Museum
of San Diego volunteers. The replica vessel weighs 150 tons and is 92
feet long and 24 feet wide.

Last year, record turnouts were recorded across California for Maritime
Museum of San Diego’s launch of the Pacific Heritage Tour.
Collaborating with key institutions and organizations, the full-scale
galleon replica San Salvador visited Oxnard, Monterey, Morro Bay,
and the Channel Islands.

The 2016 Pacific Heritage Tour, sponsored by KPBS, included four
West Coast venues. Each offered different planned events and immersive
exhibits along with select fundraising and development opportunities for
Channel Islands Maritime Museum, Monterey State Historic Park, and
Central Coastal Maritime Museum Association.

General admission to the Maritime Museum of San Diego includes San
dockside tours and for the explorer at heart, on select
Saturdays, visitors 12 and up can step aboard San Salvador for a
spectacular newly introduced 4-hour adventure day sail Saturday,
March 25 and April 29. More day sails in San Diego will be available
starting in June when San Salvador returns to her home port at
the Maritime Museum of San Diego. Visit for tickets and
information or call 619.234.9153.

About the Maritime Museum of San Diego

The Maritime Museum of San Diego enjoys a worldwide reputation for
excellence in restoring, maintaining and operating historic vessels. The
Museum has one of the world’s finest collections of historic ships,
including the world’s oldest active ship, the Star of India.
Maritime Museum of San Diego is a 501 c3 non-profit organization, tax
identification number 95-2130325. The museum is located at Star of
Wharf in downtown San Diego at 1492 North Harbor Drive, San
Diego, CA 92101. The telephone number for general inquiries is
619-234-9153. Additional information can be found on the Museum’s
website at


Maritime Museum of San Diego
Theresa Smullen
ext. 123