Explore: San Diego’s waterfront museum.
Since 1948, San Diego’s Maritime Museum has welcomed visitors to their expansive collection of well-preserved historic sea vessels. The museum’s artifacts are housed on the historic ships. Cruise visitors calling on the Port of San Diego will have an easy walk from the dock to the museum. Just look for the mast of the tall ships along the Embarcadero, which is the area along the harbor on the east side of San Diego Bay.
Maritime Museum of San Diego Highlights
Step aboard these historic ships:
- B-39 (1967) Soviet attack submarine designed to track US and NATO warships during the Cold War
- Californian (1984) replica of a mid 19th century revenue cutter
- H.M.S. Surprise (1970) replica of an 18th century Royal Navy frigate
- PCF 816 Swift Boat Mark II patrol craft fast, Vietnam era swiftboat.
- Pilot (1914): The oldest pilot boat still in service on the west coast
- San Salvador : A working replical of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo ship that was the first European vessel to reach America’s west coast.
- Star of India (1863): This iron-hulled beauty is the oldest active ship in the world and a state and national historic landmark
- Berkeley (1898): The first successful propeller driven steam ferry on the west coast and a state and national historic landmark
- Medea (1904): This steam yacht is from the age of conspicuous wealth
- USS Dolphin (1968) US Navy submarine with the record for the deepest dive
Maritime Museum of San Diego – Address & Phone:
1492 North Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
619-234-9153 Ext 101 (for general information)
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