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Tuesday, September 6, 2016


Faithful replica of the 16th century galleon of Spanish explorer Juan Cabrillo, who was the first European to sail into San Diego Bay, is shown here in the same bay 474 years later.
Over the Labor Day weekend, the Maritime Museum of San Diego debuted public tours of the newly completed $6.2 million replica of the ship, San Salvador. The vessel brought explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo to local shores in 1542. The replica was built over the course of five years at Spanish Landing Park.

Maiden Voyage Celebration began with a tour of the San Salvador berthed at the
Maritime Museum along San Diego’s waterfront.  Yesterday’s event, which included festivities and exhibits, is the start of a two-month maiden voyage celebration that will features stops at three additional ports along the West Coast and a variety of onshore exhibits and seagoing adventures for all ages.

“The new San Salvador is a faithful, seaworthy recreation of explorer Juan Cabrillo’s flagship galleon. She is the result of 20 years of planning and five years of construction by skilled shipwrights and dedicated volunteers,” said Dr. Ray Ashley, Maritime Museum of San Diego President and CEO. “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. Her maiden voyage and Pacific Heritage Tour is an opportunity for many others to share the experience and be part of our rich maritime history.”

Sea worthy replica of the 16th century "San Salvador," the flag ship of Spanish Explorer Juan Cabrillo, is offering tours to various California destination.  Sail, sleep, explore, and dine aboard.
Cabrillo’s San Salvador: The Pacific Heritage Tour, which is sponsored by KPBS, includes these three more West Coast venues. Each will offer different planned events and immersive exhibits.

September 15-18: Oxnard, Channel Islands Maritime Museum
September 23 -25: Monterey, Monterey State Historic Park CA Parks
September 30-October 9: Morro Bay, Central Coastal Maritime Museum Association

The tour (for ages 12 and older) also includes the opportunity to take one of three ocean-going excursions:
Leg I: Morro Bay to Channel Islands to Oxnard (October 10-14)
Leg II: Circumnavigate Catalina – Avalon to Avalon (October 17-21)
Leg III: Avalon to San Diego (October 23-26)

Tours are open to a limited number of passengers, ages 12 and up. Priced at $995 per person or $3,500 for a party of 4, the adventure also includes onboard accommodations and meals while aboard.  Schedule subject to change.

Tourgoers are responsible for their own travel arrangements to and from each port for the leg they purchase.

To learn more about sailing aboard the San Salvador or visiting her during her ports of call, click:
About the Maritime Museum of San Diego
Or call, Marine Operations: 619-234-9153 x116.
Adventure Sailing legs on the Pacific Heritage Tour 2016 inaugural sails are for people who love history, sailing and want to be a part of history. Very few people have sailed on Galleons of the 16th century and our first San Salvador sailing legs will be the first time the public will get a chance to see California through the eyes and hands of explorers.

For the novice or the experienced sailor, each leg allows passengers the opportunity to join the crew with sail training lessons and shipboard activities including hands-on demonstrations and practical experience of traditional and celestial navigation, cartography, sail handling, including knots.

Evening programs on Channel Islands archeology and natural resources, Cabrillo’s journey and California’s origin story, and first people’s encounters with the unknown are sure to entertain and educate all aboard.

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