NEW San Salvador Sailing Adventure

San Salvador Sailing
A 4 hour sail aboard the San Salvador

The San Salvador is a replica of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo’s ship that arrived at the port we now call San Diego on September 28, 1542.

These 4 hour Sailing Adventures are for people who love history, and sailing. Very few people have sailed aboard Galleons of the sixteenth century and these day sails will offer the public a chance to be aboard the magnificent galleon, the San Salvador.

Book now! San Salvador Sailing Adventure.

  • San Salvador Sailing Adventure is 4 hours
  • Check-in ends at 11:30am*
  • San Salvador Sailing Adventure ticket includes museum admission.
  • You can check-in as early as 9:00 am, enjoy the Museum before or after your sail.
  • Return to museum at 4:00 pm
  • Tickets range from $99.00 to $49.00

*Schedule is subject to change. Any new times will be noted on ticket.

Star Gala 2013

This year’s 150th Anniversary Gala for the Star of India was a huge success!

Star Gala
Star Gala

Delicious appetizers by Continental Catering and craft cocktails Craft & Commerce made the evening sparkle.  Twinkle lights adorned the Star of India as she was moored in the middle of San Diego bay for this once in a lifetime event.

Specialty bar in the hold
Specialty bar in the hold

Generous guests were escorted over aboard the tall ship Californian and accompanying vessels.  Live music enchanted the guests as the sun set over the bay.  A live auction was held to raise funds for the San Salvador Project where many generous donations were made.  Thank you to everyone who participated!

For more photos check out our Flickr set!

Fair winds,

Erica Geary

Calling All Volunteers!

We are presenting a once in a lifetime opportunity for those of us lucky enough to live in the San Diego area!

In early 2011 the Maritime Museum of San Diego began construction of a full size replica of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo’s flagship, the SAN SALVADOR.  This will be a full size USCG licensed operating replica ship, eighty feet long at the waterline.

San Salvador Construction Team

For those who love history, here is an opportunity to be a part of it.  Come join us and help build a piece of San Diego’s future history!  The site is open from 11:00 am until 4:30 pm daily, but construction is on weekdays only.  There may later be some Saturday activity.  Go on over to Spanish Landing Park (parking is free, Harbor Drive past the airport) on a weekday and ask the associate at the gate for a volunteer application.

We are looking for volunteers with all skill sets.  Don’t worry if you don’t have experience with construction–we will find something for you to do!

Give Jeff a call at 619-234-9153 ext. 135 or head over to Spanish Landing Park to get started!

Fair winds,

Erica Geary

UT Article on San Salvador Progress

San Salvador Progress
San Salvador Progress

Check out the progress of the San Salvador Spanish Galleon being built in the parking lot at Spanish Landing.  The UT has new photos and information in the article, “Galleon San Salvador Progresses.”

Stop by anytime to explore for yourself.  For $5 you can tour the San Salvador Site from 11am-4pm daily and learn about the history and construction of the ship.  You can also volunteer and actually be a part of our construction team.  Don’t worry if you’re not trained–we can use all skill levels.  For more information on volunteering contact Jeff Loman: or call 619-234-9153 ext. 135.

Fair winds,

Erica Geary

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.
  • 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

Kumeyaay Demonstration This Sunday


What: Kumeyaay Demonstration

When: Sunday, May 6th, 11am-3:30pm

Where: San Salvador Village, 4216  N. Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101

San Salvador Construction

Can you imagine being one of the crew aboard the San Salvador when it sailed into the port of San Diego in 1542?  What would you have seen?  How would you have felt?  Who would you have met?  Right now, you have the opportunity to live history!

San Salvador Site Tents

In connection with the building of the replica Spanish galleon, San Salvador, the Maritime Museum of San Diego welcomes guests to San Salvador Village at Spanish Landing to learn about San Diego’s history and native peoples of coastal California, featuring the Kumeyaay.

Kumeyaay Instructor

Come on down to the San Salvador Build Site this Sunday, May 6th, to meet an instructor from Kumeyaay Community College, Stan Rodriguez.  Stan teaches Kumeyaay Language I & II and Kumeyaay Tools.  He will be leading demonstrations and will be sharing about Kumeyaay history.

We are honored and excited to have such a wonderful guest this Sunday and welcome children and adults alike to participate in the day’s activities.

“We will be making cordage from yucca leaves and then using the cordage to make nets. The yucca leaves have been boiled and visitors will have a chance to pound the leaves, scrape them with a clam shell, and then twist the fibers to create cordage,” said Maritime Museum’s Education Program Manager, Jody Wilson.

Will you be there?

Fair winds,

Erica Geary