Ali & Rich Got Hitched!

The most easygoing couple award goes to…Ali and Rich!

Ali and Rich got hitched this weekend here on the Berkeley ferryboat amongst family and friends.   The ceremony took place on the west deck at 4pm.

Ali & Rich

Lighthearted, silly, and obviously in love, Ali and Rich were a delight this Saturday at their wedding.

West Deck with Groomsmen

“Two of my favorite people getting married—it’s going to be awesome,” said Andrew.

Berkeley Ferryboat Tables

This was my first nautical themed wedding and I have to say, I liked it!  The light blue and white fit right in with the relaxed atmosphere the bride and groom wanted.  There was also a candy table, which was a fun touch, and great jams by Sunset Mobile Music.

“It’s crazy how usually these kinds of events are so uptight, but being a part of the group of people surrounding these two is great.  This is one of the most original weddings I’ve been to,” said Best Man, Jon.

Wedding Speeches

During the ceremony, family had an opportunity to say a few words of encouragement (which was something new that I liked).  Ali’s cousin read some kind words of advice and loving guidance in Spanish.  Then Rich’s grandma said a few words.

Wedding Speech from Grandma

“Grandpa and I love you very much and are so proud of you,” said Grandma Schubarth among other things.

Gene Gay's Speech

The officiant, Barry, said, “They both wanted a short and casual ceremony with no surprises.”  Then he introduced the surprise: the groom’s father, who read a short poem.  Rich and his father hugged at the end, so I figured it was an acceptable surprise.

Ceremony Shot

There were lots of laughs and lots of tears throughout the ceremony but Ali and Rich were all smiles as they were introduced as husband and wife.

Surprise Wedding Party

After the ceremony the wedding party went over to the HMS Surprise to take photos.  They are a gorgeous couple!

Ali & Rich Pointing

“I’m just really happy my sister has found someone that makes her so happy and laugh all the time.  I wish them the best from here on out!” said Jimmy.

Congratulations you two!  There are tons more photos up on Facebook if you want to check them out.

Fair winds,

Erica Geary

Meet the Star of India

This week I have the pleasure of introducing the Star of India.

Having personally been to India last year, I have to say I am a huge fan of anything remotely connected to the intoxicating and enticing country I now consider one of my favorites.


She enchants me with her colors, smells, multitude of languages and peoples, rich history, and spices.  Something about India calls to my heart and bids me come stay for a while.

I imagine the allure was somewhat similar for sailors headed to India on the Star back in her merchant days.


The Star served as a merchant ship between Britain and India between 1864 and 1871.  She embarked on multiple voyages to Calcutta, the city I called home for a month last June, and still sails today!

Later she sailed around the world 21 times as an emigrant ship between Britain and New Zealand.

I would describe the Star of India as enticing, mysterious, and adventurous.  Were she my friend, we would chat for hours about journeys taken and yet to be experienced.  She holds many secrets, just like her namesake.

Wedding of the Star of India

Today we invite guests to visit or rent out the Star of India for parties, weddings, dinners, and private events.  She can hold 600 people and has multiple decks that can be decorated and explored.

Join the adventure and experience for yourself the world’s oldest active sailing ship.

Fair winds,

Erica Geary

Ryan & Katie’s Reception

Sunday, April 15th, Ryan and Katie boarded the Berkeley ferryboat for their wedding reception.

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Lots of smiling faces filled the upper deck as guests tried out Ryan and Katie’s own beer, perused costumes at the photo booth, and sampled tasty treats at the mashed potato bar.

“I wish you all the best as you grow together through the years,” said Rich, who also officiated the wedding.

“Beautiful ceremony for two beautiful people.  Love you lots,” added Missy and Jymmy.

DJ Frank from Sunset Mobile Music announced the wedding party amidst cheers and applause from the guests.  As the music grew in volume, so did the excitement of all onboard when Ryan and Katie were welcomed as husband and wife.  They danced their way across the floor and kissed, posing for pictures.  Then everyone headed out to the west deck for toasts!

“Best son a man could ever have,” said the groom’s stepfather, Richard.

“I love you and I have been on this boat when I was a kid!” said Momma Rhonda.

“It was an amazing day and everything was beautiful.  We love you so much.  We wish you a happy life together,” said Cousin Lisa.

Dinner, dancing, and cake followed.  Exciting, fun, and fresh—it was a great reception for a great couple.

Katie’s mother said, “It was a beautiful ceremony and we wish you a long happy life together.”

“Your second mom is very happy that you got married to a wonderful guy,” said Robin L. to Katie.

“Katie bug, Aunt Sis wishes you the best and will remain on,” said Aunt Sis.

Congratulations Ryan and Katie!   We wish you the best!

Fair winds,

Erica Geary

James & Kristan’s Wedding

Congratulations Kristan & James on your wedding, Saturday April 14th!

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The ceremony and reception were held on the Berkeley Ferryboat, which was decorated elegantly with photos and flowers.

The flower girls chatted excitedly, as they waited for the bride to arrive.  The groom chatted with his best man and Reverend Powers as they prepared for the ceremony.

Kristan looked absolutely beautiful.  She showed me her sparkling heels that said “I Do” on the bottom and also the glitter Chucks she changed into for the ceremony.  I love the flare—what a fun idea!

The ceremony was beautiful.  Reverend Powers officiated the wedding, leading Kristan and James through their vows.  Both the bride and groom were teary-eyed as they committed to their love for one another.

After their vows, they exchanged white roses, as their first gift to one another as husband and wife.  Reverend Powers asked that they buy a vase, and every year on their anniversary, buy one another roses and place them in that vase to remind them of the love they share.  Also, whenever things get rough, he encouraged them to buy a rose, and place it in the vase, to remind them of their love.   Then they kissed and everyone cheered!

Everyone headed toward the west deck for photos but it started to rain.  The photographer was able to quickly adjust the plans and get a great group photo on the dance floor.  As the rain cleared, the bride and groom headed to the east deck to take a few more photos.  A rainbow greeted the couple as they stepped outside.  I couldn’t help but smile.

“We love you,” said Dave and Peteolean.

“Nice job marrying up,” Kevin said to James with a smile.

“Congratulations,” said Uncle Jim.

“Kristan, I’ve been hearing you plan your wedding since you were a teenager, and finally the day is here.  I love you and wish you the best,” said Kristan’s stepfather, George.

“May God bless you both and watch over you the rest of your lives,” said Kristan’s grandmother.

“It means so much to me to be able to share this day with you,” said Beverly.

“I just wish the two of you a lifetime of happiness and I’m so glad you found each other,” said Lauren Kirby.

“Kristan, you practiced for this role for over 25 years and it’s finally come to fruition!” said the Mother of the Bride.

Congratulations Kristan and James!  We wish you the best.

Fair winds,

Erica Geary




Wednesday Weddings!

Bride and Groom



James Davis

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The Maritime Museum of San Diego Announces Wednesday Weddings!

SAN DIEGO – April 10, 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, announces Wednesday Weddings.  Special wedding ceremonies are now available every Wednesday from 12pm-6pm by appointment.

With the costs of weddings soaring, The Maritime Museum of San Diego offers a non-traditional route to brides and grooms.  Every Wednesday, the museum offers $400 wedding ceremonies.  They include: an ideal waterfront location on any ship at the museum, a private ceremony officiated by Reverend Powers, an immediate marriage license, and photo opportunities on any boat.

The couple and a witness or two are welcome aboard any Wednesday of their choosing.  Keep it simple by cutting costs and stress to make the big day an intimate and romantic affair.  After all, a wedding should be about the two getting married.  Keeping costs down on the wedding means more money to spend enjoying a honeymoon, a house, or an adventure with that special someone.

“We created Wednesday Weddings for the couple on a budget that wants something personal and private.  Come on down and elope to the San Diego Bay!” said Office Manager and Event Coordinator, Warren Potts.

About The Maritime Museum of San Diego
The purpose of the Maritime Museum of San Diego ( 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

Victorian Ferryboat Berkeley

Boats have character, just like people.  That being said, I thought a little bio would be appropriate to introduce our vessels.  This week, I’d like to introduce you to Berkeley.

Historic ferryboat Berkeley is available as a Venue for Corporate Events, Private Events, Weddings, and Receptions.

You can be a part of living history!  Built in 1898, the Berkeley ferryboat still enchants and delights with her carved wood paneling, old-fashioned passenger seating, elegant stairwells, and stained glass windows.

Dance floor

Back in the day, she was the largest commuter ferry in the US.  Berkeley was built to transport rail passengers from Oakland to San Francisco and even evacuated refugees and transported aid following the San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906.

Deck party

Today guests can rent out the upper deck for a variety of special occasions.  The Berkeley can accommodate up to 1,000 guests.  She has ample seating for 350, a dance floor, bar, tables, presentation screen, a sound system, and two outdoor party decks.  Catering, music, flowers, and even pirates to entertain guests can be arranged through the Event Venues department.


If Berkeley were my friend, I would say she was classy, elegant, trustworthy, heroic, and at times surprising.  Intrigued?  Come on by for a tour of the Berkeley and see her beauty for yourself!

Fair winds,

Erica Geary

Good Reflections for Good Friday

I can’t believe how quickly time passes.  Yesterday was already Opening Day again—Go Padres!  Today is Good Friday and summer is right around the corner!

To kick off the weekend, I thought I’d include some of my favorite memories and events from the past few months here at the museum.

At the helm

Sailing on the Californian has been by far the most exhilarating adventure I have experienced here.  Captain Chris even trusted me at the helm!   It was refreshing being out in the San Diego Bay and Pacific Ocean!  I would highly recommend it to anyone.  Bring a friend, sweetheart, or rock it solo—it’s worth every penny and you’ll have plenty of good company.  The crew is very friendly and has lots of great information to share about the ship!

San Diego Bay

The Pilot boat ride was also a winner in my book—a 45-minute guided tour around the Bay in beautiful San Diego sunshine—no complaints here.  It’s just $3 once you purchase admission to the museum.  I learned a lot about the history of the Bay and the Navy in San Diego.

World's Deepest Diving Submarine

A docent-guided tour of the USS Dolphin proved to be entertaining and informational.  Just remember it’s a tight space—so I would not recommend it if you have claustrophobia.  It is definitely a must-see though.

A few weeks ago I took a tour of the San Salvador Build Site and chatted with guests at a private event we hosted.  Seeing the progress of the replica Spanish galleon has been fun and has really brought history to life for me.  Go check it out if you get a chance—or you can even volunteer to help out with construction.

Berkeley Ferryboat Wedding

What better way to wrap things up then with a shout out to weddings!  I have greatly enjoyed getting to meet brides, grooms, families, and friends and partake in their special celebrations with wedding ceremonies and receptions on our various boats.

Happy Friday San Diego!

Fair winds,

Erica Geary