Saturday, June 7, 2008

Maritime Museum, San Diego, CA

Our last tourist stop in San Diego was the Maritime Museum. (and my last blog for today - I promise).

There are 5 ships here that can be toured. Only 3 of them were of any real interest to us.

The Star of India, a merchant ship launched in 1863 and worked the sea lanes until 1923. She started out as a merchant ship then from 1871 until 1898 she made 21 trips around the world transporting emigrants to New Zealand. From 1898 until her retirement she sailed from California to the Bering Sea each spring with a load of fishermen and cannery workers and returned each fall laden with canned salmon.

H.M.S. Surprise a replica of an 18th Century royal Navy Frigate. This is the ship that was commanded by Russell Crow in the movie “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.” She was launched in 1970 as H.M.S. Rose and served as a sil training vessel operating out of several East coast ports for over 30 years. The museum purchased her from 20th Century Fox in 2004 and is restoring her to sailing condition.
B-39 a diesel-electric powered Soviet Attack Submarine. She was one of a fleet of Soviet attack subs that shadowed U.S. Navy ships throughout the world's oceans during the Cold War.

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