The Ships

Walk the decks of historic ships

Star of India, San Salvador, Californian :: Photo by Mark Albertazzi

Indoor Exhibits, Below Deck Galleries are OPEN, as of June 15, 2021. The Russian Foxtrot class attack submarine B-39 remains closed. Please see “Overview Map” for new tour path.

The Maritime Museum of San Diego’s outdoor experience includes a walking, one-way top deck ship tour clearly marked to comply with social distancing guidelines. Tours take guests back in time as they stroll the upper decks of the historic fleet, including the world’s oldest sailing ship, Star of India, Navy frigate replica H.M.S. Surprise, featured in the award-winning film, Master and Commander, and California’s official state tall ship, the Californian. Indoor exhibits and below deck galleries will still remain closed temporarily.

History on the high seas.

The Maritime Museum of San Diego features a world-class collection of National Historic Landmark Vessels, including sailing ships, steam-powered, and submarines. You can board and explore our ships. Some even take passengers!

Sailing Ships
Steam Powered
Powered – on the bay tours available
As of July 2018, the Maritime Museum of San Diego now has four vessels of historic distinction on the National Register – PCF 816 Swift Boat, 1914 Pilot boat, the world’s oldest active sailing ship Star of India, and the 1898 steam ferry boat Berkeley – listed as National Historic Landmarks.
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Sail, Steam, Submarine at Maritime Museum of San Diego