Wedding Review By Liz & Tim

Hi Warren!

This email has taken me way to long to write but I just couldn’t find the perfect words to thank you for all of your help with our wedding! And then I realized…those words don’t exist. Our wedding was way to perfect for any words…and it’s all because of you.

Thank you so much for everything! All of our guests loved the ship and they were very happy that they could stay longer and go and explore the other ones!

I’m in the process of printing some pictures and also making some photobooks but in the mean time here’s a link to the photographers website and the galleries…

THANK YOU again (can’t say it enough!)

Liz and Tim Koerschgen


Meet the Swift Boat

Swift Boat

In 1971, the US Navy donated two Swift Boats to the newly formed Republic of Malta’s Maritime Squadron.

After forty years of coastguard duty, Malta retired these boats from service. In 2011, Malta’s Minister of Defense donated a Swift Boat to the Maritime Museum of San Diego with our promise to preserve her history and to pay tribute to all Swift Boat Sailors from both countries.

The Swift Boat Sailors Association is bringing this Swift Boat to the Maritime Museum of San Diego to be restored and operated on San Diego Bay. Museum visitors will have the opportunity to experience the sound and throbbing vibration from two V12 diesels delivering 980 horsepower for high speed runs through the Bay while retired Swift Boat Sailors and docents talk about what it was like to be a crewman in Vietnam, serving as a Quartermaster, Gunner’s Mate, Engineman, Radarman, Bosun’s Mate or Skipper.

US Navy’s Patrol Craft Fast were affectionally called Swift Boats for their speed and agility to go fast into harm’s way. Beginning in 1965 with Operation Market Time, these graceful vessels with a crew of six patrolled the coastline of South Vietnam to prevent infiltration via the sea of soldiers and munitions from North Vietnam. Their performance was so successful that the North stopped trying. In 1968 Swift Boats became a part of the Brown Water Navy, joining PBRs (Patrol Boat River) and the Mobile Riverine Force, patrolling rivers and canals of the Mekong Delta. This was Admiral Zumwalt’s successful interdiction strategy, called Operation Sea Lords, to disrupt the Viet Cong’s mobility and to make villages safe for the South Vietnamese to return to their homes.

Approximately 3,500 men served as crew or as support personal from 1965 to 1973. Fifty Swift Boat Sailors made the ultimate sacrifice. Over 350 were wounded. The Maritime Squadron in Malta lost seven men in the line of duty. Swift Boat Sailors trained at the Naval Amphibious Base in Coronado and cruised the San Diego Bay in route to ocean trials. There is a beautiful Vietnam Memorial Monument on this base. A PBR, a Mobile Riverine Command vessel and a Swift Boat stand facing a wall adorned with flags and engraved with names of Navy and Coast Guard men who will never be forgotten.

To all our Active Duty Personnel and those who served both the US and Malta, THANK YOU.

Fair winds,

Erica Geary

Parade of Lights Sunday 16th

There is still time to buy your Parade of Lights Party Ticket aboard the Berkeley Ferryboat!  Parade of Lights

Sunday, December 16, 2012 is the last day for the parade.

Tickets include excellent parade viewing, access to all of the Museum ships, seasonal music, and a Holiday buffet.  Ticket prices are:
Adults $50.00
Child 5-12 $25.00
Under 5 free

The Holiday buffet is served from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
The Parade of ships arrives at approximately 6:20 p.m.  You can also view the Museum ships before or after dinner.
Wear warm casual attire and enjoy the festivities!

Fair winds,

Erica Geary

Festival of Sail Day 1

Tall Ship Festival of SailRed sails?  The American Pride is just one of our visiting tall ships for the Festival of Sail this year.  Her beautiful red sails stand out boldly against the bright blue water of the San Diego Bay.  Want to climb aboard and check them out for yourself?  You can!

Today is the first day of the Festival of Sail!  Cannon shots are echoing off the downtown skyline, ships are sailing around the Bay, and snow cones are helping everyone stay cool!

Come on down for a Pirate Adventure Cruise or to explore the ships and have an ice cold beer in our beer gardens.  Either way it will be a great day.

Stay tuned–more pictures and info to come.

Fair winds,

Erica Geary

Festival of Sail 2012

San Diego Bay Festival of Sail 2012

Looking for something fun to do in San Diego this Labor Day weekend?  Come down to the bay and check out all of the excitement with the Festival of Sail!

What: Festival of Sail 2012

When: Friday August 31st thru Monday September 3rd, 2012 Labor Day weekend. Open 9am to 7pm daily.

Who: Fun for the Entire Family

Where: Maritime Museum of San Diego
1492 North Harbor Drive San Diego, CA 92101

This Labor Day weekend you can experience the LARGEST Tall Ship festival on the west coast hosted by the Maritime Museum of San Diego!

The North Embarcadero will be transformed into a nautical theme park with more than twenty tall ships and other fascinating vessels from around the world visiting San Diego.

On Thursday, a day before FOS officially opens, cannon fire will salute the entrance of the tall ships from all over the world as they parade around San Diego Bay finally ending at the Maritime Museum’s docks.

Wondering what you might see if you attend the festival?  Daily you can see: visiting ships and crew, a petting zoo for kids with a variety of animals to pet, Tall ship cannon battles, Treasure Seeker Pirate themed bay cruises, over 100 arts and craft vendors, plus a multitude of food options, interaction with pirates, and more…

Visit our website for tickets, parking, and more fun!

Fair winds,

Erica Geary

Wednesday Weddings!

Bride and Groom



James Davis

619-234-9153 ex.102

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