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Maritime museum

Raymond Ashley

Date founded

Maritime Museum of San Diego

San Diego, California, United States

Key holdings
Star of India Berkeley Californian Medea

1492 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101, USA

Closed now Sunday9AM–8PMMonday9AM–8PMTuesday9AM–8PMWednesday9AM–8PMThursday9AM–8PMFriday9AM–8PMSaturday9AM–8PM

Public transit access
County Center/Little Italy station

Star of India, USS Midway Museum, HMS Surprise, San Diego Bay, Seaport Village


Maritime museum of san diego

The Maritime Museum of San Diego, established in 1948, preserves one of the largest collections of historic sea vessels in the United States. Located on the San Diego Bay, the centerpiece of the museum's collection is the Star of India, an 1863 iron bark. The museum maintains the MacMullen Library and Research Archives aboard the 1898 ferryboat Berkeley. The museum also publishes the quarterly peer-reviewed journal Mains'l Haul: A Journal of Pacific Maritime History.


The Maritime Museum is located on the west side of North Harbor Drive, between the ends of Ash Street and Grape Street, south of San Diego International Airport.

Current collection

  • Star of India, 1863 merchant bark
  • Berkeley, 1898 ferryboat from the San Francisco Bay area
  • Californian, 1984 replica of 1847 cutter C.W. Lawrence and official tall ship of the state of California
  • America, 1995 replica of the 1851 yacht America that won the trophy that is now called the America's Cup
  • Medea, 1904 steam yacht that served in both World Wars
  • Pilot, 1914 harbor pilot boat
  • HMS Surprise, a 1970 replica of a Royal Navy frigate. Surprise was used in the film Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. The ship also made an appearance in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides as HMS Providence.
  • B-39, Soviet Foxtrot class submarine
  • USS Dolphin, diesel-electric submarine launched in 1968 and decommissioned in 2007
  • PCF-816 (formerly C24 or P24), 1968 Patrol Craft Fast that was transferred to Malta in 1971 and decommissioned in 2011
  • San Salvador, replica of Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo's galleon which discovered San Diego in 1542.
  • San Salvador replica

    Starting in 2011 the Maritime Museum of San Diego built a full-sized, fully functional, historically accurate replica of Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo’s flagship, San Salvador. The replica was constructed in full public view in the bayside Spanish Landing park in San Diego, giving people the opportunity to watch a living recreation of the first modern industrial activity in the Americas. She was launched in 2015 and is stationed at the San Diego Bay Embarcadero as part of the Museum's fleet of historic and replica ships. She will open for public tours starting in September 2016, in conjunction with the Maritime Museum's annual Festival of Sail. Later that month she is expected to start making coastal tours up the California coast.

    Midway Museum

    Not affiliated with the Maritime Museum, but located a short distance away, is the independently operated USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum. Although at first it was feared the Midway would compete with the Maritime Museum for visitors, in fact visitation of the Maritime Museum has increased since the Midway museum opened.


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