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8/11 FRI - San Salvador Tour

Purchase tickets to tour the San Salvador on its rare tour stop in Morro Bay! This is a full-scale replica of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo's ship - the first European ship to reach the West Coast! Make plans now, as space is limited.

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This historic ship will be in port and offering tours daily from Friday, August 11 until Sunday, August 20. 

Tours Daily: Every 15 minutes from 10:00AM until 6:00PM.  

Come tour the San Salvador! 

The San Salvador under the command of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, arrived at the port we now call San Diego on September 28, 1542, before proceeding further north in search of new trade routes that would link Mexico to Asia and Europe. She was the first recorded European vessel to sail along Southern California, and survey its coastline. Her expeditionaries established a generally friendly first contact with the indigenous peoples of that coast. The San Salvador must be considered the founding ship of San Diego and of the State of California. As such she functions as an “origin symbol” ship for San Diego in much the same way as the Mayflower is the origin symbol ship of New England. Her story represents the beginning of a common heritage for the peoples of California, both past and present.

Recognizing the iconic nature of the San Salvador and her profound importance for the history and cultures of the West Coast of North America, the Maritime Museum of San Diego has built and added San Salvador to the Museum fleet in 2015

The Maritime Museum of San Diego’s construction of the San Salvador, based on painstaking research in the fields of Early Modern Spanish and Portuguese maritime history, and maritime archeology. Experts have scoured volumes of historical narratives, examined all the available images of early-sixteenth-century sailing vessels, and surveyed the remains of contemporary shipwrecks. The belief is, San Salvador is a highly accurate representation of the vessel that arrived at San Diego in 1542. To execute the vision, the Maritime Museum engaged a group of skilled professional boat builders, who are assisted by scores of regular volunteers.

San Salvador functions much more than just a static museum display. Home-ported in San Diego, she also sails along the coast of California, visiting its cities and towns as a floating education platform for California’s school children, and all who come to see her.  Visit her in Morro Bay as she makes a rare stop into port. 

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