Happy Summer San Diego!

It is a gorgeous day to be in San Diego.  The sun is shining, people are out walking, biking, and running on the Embarcadero, and the museum’s doors are open—so come on in!

Here are a few fun things we have going on this summer:

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  •  Saturday, June 30th there are two Kumeyaay Demonstrations at the San Salvador Site—Native Foods and Tule Boat Regatta/Family Day.  Demonstrations are from 11am-12pm and 1pm-3pm.  http://www.sdmaritime.org/san-salvador-build/
  • And of course—we are open all summer for visitors to come see the museum and explore the ships!

What are you doing this summer?

Fair winds,

Erica Geary

Meet the B-39 Soviet Attack Submarine

Russian "Foxtrot" Submarine

B-39 was launched and commissioned in Leningrad, Russia in 1974.  She later operated throughout the Pacific Ocean between 1975 and 1994.

B-39 is a “Foxtrot” class diesel-electric powered attack submarine that shadowed US Navy ships during the Cold War.  It is believed that she stalked many of the US Navy ships that are now harbored in the San Diego Bay!

She carried a crew of 78 that was comprised of: 56 sailors, 10 technical under-officers, and 12 officers.  B-39 could dive to a depth of 985 feet and could endure 3-5 days submerged.  She carried 22 torpedoes.

Torpedo Room

Cruising at a speed of 15 knots submerged or 9 knots snorkeling, she glided smoothly and silently through the water, making her movements difficult to follow.  Of the 79 Foxtrot submarines operating within the Russian Navy, not one was lost in operations.

In 1994 she was purchased by a Canadian entrepreneur after the disintegration of the Soviet Union.  In Canada she became a museum and tourist attraction.

B-39 was leased by the Maritime Museum of San Diego in 2005 and is still a must-see at the museum today!

Come by to see her if you are not too claustrophobic.  There will be some tight spaces but she is definitely worth seeing.  One of our wonderful docents can take you on a tour if you would like more information on her operations and history.

Fair winds,

Erica Geary

Meet the Pilot

San Diego Bay

She is loyal, a selfless leader, and an engaging teacher.

The Pilot boat was launched on August 7, 1914 from Goularte Boatworks, San Diego.  She is a San Diego native and has filled a variety of roles over her lifetime.

In 1943 she was drafted into the US Coast Guard.  Between 1943 and 1945 Pilot brought 10 fleet carriers, 70 light or escort carriers, 5 battleships, 10 heavy cruisers, and 10 light cruisers into and out of the bay.

In 1996 Pilot was taken out of service (having received six chevrons, one for each six months’ active service) and was accepted as a donation to the Maritime Museum of San Diego in 1998.

Between 1998 and 2002 she underwent restoration and was relaunched in 2002.

She is the oldest wooden pilot boat in the country and today is used to teach about navigation, cartography, magnetism, and the history of San Diego Bay’s economy and ecology.  Pilot also gives daily 45 minute bay tours and can be chartered for private events.

Come on down to the museum for a bay tour and see her for yourself.  It’s only $3 after admission!

Fair winds,

Erica Geary

Wednesday Wedding Photos

Wedding on the Star of India

Check out Maryanne McGuire’s blog for gorgeous photos of our first Wednesday Weddings couple.  Amanda and Jose look stunning.  They got married on the Star of India and the ceremony was officiated by Reverend Powers.

Maryanne of McGuire Photography is a very talented San Diego photographer specializing in engagement, bridal, and reception photos.  I highly recommend her for any special occasion you want photographed.  She has great style and an excellent eye for detail.

For more details on our Wednesday Weddings program visit our website or call 619-234-9153 ext. 102.

Fair winds,

Erica Geary