Host an Event at the San Salvador Build Site!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: James Davis

619-234-9153 ex.102

specialevents@sdmaritime.org

The Maritime Museum of San Diego Invites San Diegans to a Once in a Lifetime Opportunity to Host an Event at the San Salvador Build Site

SAN DIEGO – March 23, 2012 The Maritime Museum of San Diego, a San Diego nonprofit that serves as the community memory of our seafaring experience by collecting, preserving, and presenting our rich maritime heritage and historic connections with the Pacific world, welcomes guests to host a private waterfront event at the San Salvador Build Site on Spanish Landing.

Whether a corporate dinner, a group mixer, a party, or a celebration—the Maritime Museum offers a venue unlike any other.  For a limited time groups can rent out the construction site during the building of the ship, San Salvador, an historically accurate replica of Juan Cabrillo’s flagship.

San Salvador and her epic journey with Juan Cabrillo resulted in the first visit by a European-organized expedition to the port of San Diego, and a first encounter with the original peoples of this region.  She symbolizes our seafaring past and our origin as a community of many ethnicities and cultures.

In addition to relaxing on the waterfront, guests are welcome to take a private tour of the construction site and learn about the history of the vessel and San Diego.  “It’s exciting to partake in such an historic event.  This ship symbolizes the beginning of San Diego as we know it today,” said San Salvador Project Manager, Bruce Heyman.

“It’s awesome to be part of the process and watching a 1542 Spanish galleon rise out of a parking lot,” added Bruce Heyman.

About The Maritime Museum of San Diego
The purpose of the Maritime Museum of San Diego (www.sdmaritime.org) is to preserve the traditional knowledge, skills, and folk culture of the enterprise of the sea, provide a safe repository for material culture, and to illustrate how the maritime enterprise has touched and continues to influence our daily lives through innovative and engaging educational programs, exhibits, publications, and cultural events.

Fair winds,

Erica Geary

Mitchell & Tamiko’s Wedding!

Congratulations to Mitchell and Tamiko on their wedding Saturday, March 17, 2012!

As everyone knows, rain on your wedding day is supposed to be lucky.  Well, these two deserve buckets of luck for the amount of rain coming down on their special day.   It also happened to be St. Patrick’s Day!

Groomsmen in uniform

The Berkeley Ferryboat was illuminated with stained glass windows and twinkling lights as family and guests mingled before the evening ceremony.  The groomsmen, in Navy uniform, practiced their sword arch and chatted with the groom.

Navy Wedding Rituals

“Always remember rule #1,” said Tony Donatelli.

Chad Morrison added, “Try anything once, twice if you like it, no more than three times because you might get hooked.”

“Next time I borrow your tent, include the cover,” said Jaime Martinez.

As Tamiko made her final preparations below on the main deck, her family and friends visited and enjoyed appetizers.  “Congratulations from the Gohlson family!” said Ms. Gohlson.

Bride's parents

I had the opportunity to visit with the bride’s parents.  They were all smiles and good wishes.  “We wish her the best of luck,” said Yuki, mother of the bride.  “I hope she’s happy—that’s the important thing,” said Richard, father of the bride.

Meanwhile, Tamiko was taking photos with the flower girls and bridesmaids.  Her elegant white gown with red beaded trim took my breath away.  The flower girls’ red dresses complimented the bride’s dress beautifully.

Then it was time for the ceremony.  Tamiko was escorted down the aisle by her father, her red and white beaded train gliding behind her.  The ceremony took place on the stage on the east end of the Berkeley.  There was laughter and there were a few happy tears as the two repeated their vows.  When it was time to exchange rings, Mitchell was presented with a ball and chain, causing Tamiko and the guests to burst into laughter.

Ceremony kiss

The couple kissed and was presented to their loved ones as husband and wife.  What a lovely pair!  Many photos were taken and the reception continued into the night on the west end of the Berkeley.

“Much love and 1,000 years of happiness.   Also, thank you to all the servicemen here protecting our country,” said Miyo, George, and Ashley.

“Thanks Chief for always believing in me.  I’m honored and humbled by your endless belief in what is good,” said Juan.

Married First Picture

Congratulations and thanks for hosting your event with us!  If you’d like to see more photos—check out our Facebook page!

Fair winds,

Erica Geary

2nd Annual Catalina Kayaking & Adventure Sail

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

James Davis

619-234-9153 ex.102

specialevents@sdmaritime.org

 

The Maritime Museum of San Diego Announces 2nd Annual Catalina Kayaking & Adventure Sail on Californian

SAN DIEGO – March 12, 2012 The Maritime Museum of San Diego, a San Diego nonprofit that serves as the community memory of our seafaring experience by collecting, preserving, and presenting our rich maritime heritage and historic connections with the Pacific world, welcomes adventure travelers aboard for the Catalina Kayaking and Adventure Sail!

The Maritime Museum is offering three sailing and kayaking adventures to Catalina Island this summer.  Two four-day trips are available June 22nd-25th and August 17th-20th and one seven-day trip with a port call in Santa Barbara is available July 24th-30th.

On each trip, participants will be able to experience the life of a sailor—hauling lines, manning the helm, standing watch, and possibly even going aloft to set and douse sails.  Once near Catalina, kayaks will be lowered into the water and everyone becomes an explorer—navigating the crystal clear waters, rugged shoreline, hidden caves, and underwater marine preserve.

“We typically see sea lions, whales, and dolphins by the score on these trips,” said Maritime Museum Captain of the Californian, Scott Baldwin.  The natural beauty of the sea and the action-filled days create the perfect mini-vacation and getaway!

Last year’s trips were a huge success.  “It was fun for the passengers and the crew.  We spent some time in two harbors and kayaked all over.  Everyone loved it so much, they wanted longer trips,” said First Mate, Paul Dempster.

About The Maritime Museum of San Diego
The purpose of the Maritime Museum of San Diego (www.sdmaritime.org) is to preserve the traditional knowledge, skills, and folk culture of the enterprise of the sea, provide a safe repository for material culture, and to illustrate how the maritime enterprise has touched and continues to influence our daily lives through innovative and engaging educational programs, exhibits, publications, and cultural events.

Fair Winds,

Erica Geary

John and Holly’s Wedding

Congratulations to Holly and John who said “I do” yesterday aboard the HMS Surprise.  The ceremony took place by the helm as guests witnessed the happy couple’s union.  Reverend Powers performed a sweet and short ceremony that was followed by photos around the ship.

Holly’s uncle, Lou was the photographer for the wedding and walked around greeting guests and taking photos.  He said, “Holly and John are an awesome couple.”

When John walked aboard, his son, Doug, chuckled and said, “You clean up well, Dad.”  The two chatted and joked with one another as guests were seated.

As Holly and her mother got ready and took photos below deck, Maids of Honor, Gayle and Louise spoke warmly of Holly.  Gayle said, “Congratulations!  It’s been a wonderful friendship that led to this.”  Louise added, “What’s so neat about this, is you hardly ever find a couple where both of them are so great.”  They helped John with his boutineer and then got into position as Holly came up the stairs with her mother.

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They exchanged vows, rings, and a kiss in front of their friends and family.  Reverend Powers did not allow them to kiss until the very end of the ceremony, creating laughter as they attempted a kiss prematurely.  Finally he allowed the kiss and presented the couple.  Leyla Wilson said, “Congratulations on marrying your best friend.”

John’s long-time friend Russ added, “You saved the best for last.”

As guests mingled, Herb spoke of John saying, “We are drinking buddies, co-conspirator liars, and poets.  He ended up being a best friend.”

In the words of Doug and Chambre, “Bon voyage!” Holly and John—may you enjoy a life of happiness together!

Fair Winds,

Erica Geary

Sailing on the Californian

What does it take to get you inspired—to get you fully engaged with life?  For me, it’s adventure.  Send me outside to explore and I will be fully present and having the time of my life.

Sailing on Californian

Why the grin from ear to ear?   Yesterday, aboard the Californian, I went on my very first sail ever!  It truly was an inspired afternoon—with the weather, the wind, and the waves all collaborating to make the experience unforgettable.

Chris Welton

It started off at 12pm with Captain Chris Welton familiarizing the guests with the ship’s rules and procedures.  The crew stood by awaiting orders and chatting warmly with the guests.  Two docents were on board, entertaining us with tidbits of sailing knowledge and historical trivia about the Californian.

Sailing aboard Californian

Once out a ways into the San Diego Bay, I volunteered to help the crew set the sails so the real fun could begin.  I got a crash course on the commands and hauled lines faster than my hands could move.  Before I used to find it comical when people would refer to ships as “she,” but seeing her sails set and full of wind, she sure looked beautiful.

Steering

Everyone seemed to be out on the water yesterday.  Countless sailboats, jet skis, and other vessels crossed paths through the shimmering water, Captain Chris, steering clear of them all!  He even let me steer for a minute—but he stood close by.

Topmen go aloft

Watching the topmen go aloft to put the square sails in their gear was like watching a scene from Cirque Du Soleil.  They scaled the ratlines with ease and only clipped in once they arrived at their work stations on the yard.  What an awesome job!

Once out in the open sea, the wind picked up and we were flying.  There is nothing like the wide-open ocean to calm the mind and bring a smile to my face.  I threw on my jacket, thankful to have packed one even though it was 80-something degrees in March.

As we headed back to dock, the crew prepared the guns and fired them toward the Star of India.  The boom reverberated off the many ships and buildings in the harbor, bouncing back loud and strong.  As we docked, we thanked the Captain and the crew and shook out our sea legs.  What an amazing journey!

Let us know if you would like to experience sailing for yourself.  I highly recommend it.

Fair winds,

Erica Geary