Does United States maritime history spur your imagination? Then you’ll definitely want to add the Maritime Museum of San Diego to your must-visit list. Located on San Diego Bay, the Maritime Museum sustains one of the largest collections of notable sea vessels in the United States.
You’ll see sailing ships, steam-powered boats, submarines and more. The centerpiece of the museum’s collection is the famous 1863 Star of India. Its storied history includes collisions, mutinies, cyclones, and more than a quarter century hauling immigrants from England and Ireland to New Zealand to begin new lives.
The Museum’s latest addition to their fleet is the San Salvador. The ship is a full-sized, fully functional and historically accurate replica of Spanish explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo’s 1542 flagship. The new San Salvador will function much more than just a static museum display. Residing in San Diego, she will also sail along the coast of California, visiting cities and towns as a floating education platform for California’s school children.