Maritime Museum of San Diego

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Maritime Museum of San Diego
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Established 1948
Location San Diego, California, United States
Coordinates 32°43′14″N 117°10′24″W / 32.720639°N 117.173417°W / 32.720639; -117.173417
Type Maritime museum
Key holdings Star of India
Visitors 220,000[1]
President Raymond Ashley
Public transit access County Center/Little Italy
Nearest car park Street

The Maritime Museum of San Diego, established in 1948, preserves one of the largest collections of historic sea vessels in the United States. Located on the San Diego Bay, the centerpiece of the museum's collection is the Star of India, an 1863 iron bark. The museum maintains the MacMullen Library and Research Archives aboard the 1898 ferryboat Berkeley. The museum also publishes the quarterly peer-reviewed journal Mains'l Haul: A Journal of Pacific Maritime History.

The Maritime Museum is located on the west side of North Harbor Drive, between the ends of Ash Street and Grape Street, south of San Diego International Airport.

Vessels in the museum's collection[edit]

Current collection[edit]

San Salvador replica[edit]

Starting in 2011 the Maritime Museum of San Diego built a full-sized, fully functional, historically accurate replica of Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo’s flagship, San Salvador. The replica was constructed in full public view in the bayside Spanish Landing park in San Diego, giving people the opportunity to watch a living recreation of the first modern industrial activity in the Americas. She was launched in 2015 and is stationed at the San Diego Bay Embarcadero as part of the Museum's fleet of historic and replica ships. She will open for public tours starting in September 2016, in conjunction with the Maritime Museum's annual Festival of Sail. Later that month she is expected to start making coastal tours up the California coast.[4]


Midway Museum[edit]

Not affiliated with the Maritime Museum, but located a short distance away, is the independently operated USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum. Although at first it was feared the Midway would compete with the Maritime Museum for visitors, in fact visitation of the Maritime Museum has increased since the Midway museum opened.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Factsheet". Maritime Museum of San Diego. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "America". Retrieved 27 September 2013. 
  3. ^ Museum to build replica of Cabrillo's ship Page 1 of 2 |
  4. ^ Hirsh, Lou (August 30, 2016). "Maritime Museum Debuting Tours of San Salvador Replica". San Diego Business Journal. Retrieved 31 August 2016. 
  5. ^ Sauer, Mark Aircraft carrier Midway finds itself awash in visitors February 13, 2005 San Diego Union Tribune - Accessed 23 March 2006

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