Commencement Of The Expedition

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Maritime Museum Of San Diego Presents 500-year Global Circumnavigation Anniversary Lecture

Commencement of the Expedition

The first circumnavigation of the world.
A special event focused on the history of the voyage commenced on September 20, 1519

San Diego, CA (August 26, 2019) — Maritime Museum of San Diego, home to 500 years of seafaring history and world-renowned collection of historic vessels, in coordination with House of Spain in San Diego, will host a special lecture presentation, Commencement of the Expedition, Friday, September 20, 2019 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Maritime Museum on the McKinney deck of the National Historic Landmark, the 1898 steam ferry Berkeley.

Lecture admission is complimentary with suggested minimum $5.00 donation per person at the door. Lecture guests will enjoy a no-host bar and prior to the lecture from 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m., the Museum will provide docent-led tours of San Salvador, the 1542 Spanish galleon replica built by Maritime Museum of San Diego staff and volunteers. Guests are advised to wear comfortable clothing, and to bring a warm jacket for this outdoor dockside tour.


Dr Ray Ashley

Presented by Dr. Raymond Ashley, Ph.D., K.C.I., President/CEO of the Maritime Museum of San Diego, Commencement of the Expedition takes the audience back 500 years ago when five ships slipped out of the port of San Lucar de Barrameda, Spain at the mouth of the Guadalquivir River and charted their course to the southwest. They were small ships indeed, the largest among them little more than half the size of the Maritime Museum’s San Salvador. Almost exactly three years later, one of the ships named Victoria, the only one remaining of the fleet, reentered the bay of San Lucar. Eighteen men returned from the two hundred and thirty-seven souls who set out. This would normally not seem an auspicious conclusion to a voyage except that Victoria had just circumnavigated the earth, the first vessel in all of history to do so.

Dr. Ashley has been Director of the Maritime Museum of San Diego since 1995, curator of ships, contributor to the Museum’s academic journal Mains’l Haul, and spearheaded the San Salvador project. Dr. Ashley holds a Coast Guard license for 200 tons, Master of Sail and teaches History of Navigation for the Museum’s Educational Program. In addition, Dr. Ashley has been knighted by the King of Spain for contributions to Spanish seafaring history.

Dr. Ashley exclaims, “For the first time, all the world was linked by the oceans and the multitude of “world systems” began inexorably to merge into one. Over the last half millennium, the entirety of the modern world unfolded and with it the greatest movement of peoples, ideas, plants, animals, germs, languages, beliefs, technologies, and power-most of it across oceans- that has ever taken place. So much change has beset our planet itself in that time that some scientists have tied the beginning of the geological epoch we currently inhabit, the Anthropocene, to the advent of an oceanic humanity.”

Only twenty years after Victoria’s return another small ship named San Salvador, sailing in an ocean mostly undreamed of, entered the San Diego Bay.

CLICK HERE: MMSD Commencement of the Expedition Lecture, flyer.

Maritime Museum of San Diego is located at 1492 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101-3309 on the north embarcadero between Grape and Ash Street. Click for General museum information.

About the Maritime Museum of San Diego
The Maritime Museum of San Diego experience includes admission to a world-class collection of historic sailing ships, steam-powered boats, and submarines, each offering entertaining and educational exhibits. The 501c3 non-profit Museum enjoys an international reputation for excellence in restoring, maintaining, and operating historic vessels including the world’s oldest active sailing ship, Star of India. Maritime Museum of San Diego is ranked as one of the nation’s top attractions offering self-guided tours, docent guided-group tours, tall ship charters, year round public events, educational programs, and a distinctive venue for corporate/private events. The Museum is open daily along Star of India Wharf at 1492 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101-3309.