Maritime Museum News – September 2015

Museum Receives Major Donation, Festival of Sail 2015, and Upcoming Events.

September 29, 2015
by Museum Staff

Hervey Family

Hervey Family

Maritime Museum receives $500,000 donation from Hervey Family.

The Maritime Museum of San Diego is pleased to announce that it has received a wonderful donation of $500,000 from the Hervey Family Fund at the San Diego Foundation. These funds are earmarked to contribute towards the financing and ongoing fundraising of the much heralded San Salvador project.

The recently launched San Salvador is a replica of the Spanish galleon that Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo sailed into present-day San Diego Bay in September 1542.

“The Hervey family have been among the foremost contributors to making San Diego one of the great places to live – with education, literacy, heritage and culture as themes to their legacy” said Museum President and CEO Raymond Ashley. “This full-scale, seaworthy replica of Cabrillo’s galleon will serve both to educate and fuel the imaginations of tens of thousands of children in our region”.

San Salvador

San Salvador during Parade of Sail 2015

Festival of Sail 2015

Festival of Sail 2015 has now come and gone. This years event started in a most spectacular fashion, the San Salvador joined the kickoff for this years Festival of Sail in the Parade of Sail. More that 200 people joined in the parade, filling the Californian and many of the other visiting ships in this years Parade.

Saturday, Sunday, and Monday people from all over visited our wide variety of vendor stands, going aboard visiting ships, and enjoying the varied on the water activities. From the always popular Tall Ship Cannon Battles, to the more serene Twilight Sails, the ever popular Harbor Bay Cruises aboard Pilot, Swift Boat Bay Tours, Mid-day Sails aboard amazing classic yachts, petting zoo, arts and crafts, and kids zone activities, we had something for everyone at a spectacular price point!

Before long we will be working on Festival of Sail 2016. San Salvador will be fully rigged and hoisting her sails in the next Parade of Sail. It will be a spectacular sight, you don’t want to miss it.

Click here to visit Festival of Sail page.

Upcoming Events at the Maritime Museum



New exhibit, opening soon.

Solve a Maritime Art Mystery! The Marine Paintings of James E. Buttersworth (1817-1894). The mystery? A supposed forgery!

On loan from Mystic Seaport Museum, James Edward Buttersworth (1817–1894) was an English painter who specialized in maritime art. His paintings are particularly known for their meticulous detail, dramatic settings, and grace in movement.

The scandal is one of the paintings is a supposed forgery! Visitors are encouraged to examine the details and see if the consensus is true, will you be able to spot the forgery, and is it really a forgery?

Haunted Tales aboard the Star of India

It’s time again for all aspiring ghosts, goblins, pirates and princesses to gather on the Star of India for some ghostly tales of enormous proportions. Enjoy lantern led tours around the ship and hear eerie legends from the Star of India’s past. Hear the tales of how young John Campbell fell to his death from the rigging and more creepy events. Lantern led tours will be held from 6pm-10pm on October 24 and 31.

Haunted Tales page, Click Here

October is San Diego Museum Council’s Kids Free in October program.

For your coupon and to learn more, Click Here

Family Day

October 18 & November 14, 2015

While kids are free for museum month in October, Family Days has extra fun added, and who couldn’t use some extra fun? No coupons are needed, and we have special kids activities running from 11am to 3pm aboard our ships. Kids 12 and under are free all day with parent.

It’s also perfect time to enjoy a Harbor Bay Cruise aboard Pilot, the 45 minute narrated bay cruise talks about San Diego’s bay maritime history, just $5.00 dollars per person. Or enjoy a military inspired San Diego Bay Tour aboard our Vietnam era Swift Boat, just $10.00 for a 75 minute tour.

Family Day page, Click Here

On the Horizon

Star of India birthday party
Parade of Lights Holiday Dinner
Tim Flannery and Friends in concert


Tall Ship Adventure Sail aboard Californian
Swift Boat Tours
Pilot Historic Bay Cruises (resuming end of September)
Daily general admission, hours are 9am to 8pm

Click here for public events
Click here for on the water adventures
Click here for tickets and general admission
Click here for general museum information and parking

Donate Today

We receive thousands of hours of donated time from our volunteers, and many discounts from suppliers, but the fact remains it still takes money. Our collection of historic ships has earned us being recognized as one of the top three maritime museums in the world.

You can do your part in helping us maintain our historic collection of ships to be enjoyed today and for future generations to come.
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