HMS Surprise
Restoration Update March 2020


Pardon our mess!

This is what re-decking a ship looks like. Demolition is a dirty job, but the volunteers, and staff made quick work of it!

We have made great progress.

Thank you for your contributions.


Surprise re-decking is well underway!

Thanks to the generous support of the Daphne Seybolt Culpeper Memorial Foundation and many other generous donors, staff and volunteers have been able to start on the project and great progress on the construction Surprise’s new deck can be seen already.

Three quarters of the old deck has been removed, the beams refreshed and the first layers of the deck installed. New planks are being measured and laid.

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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.