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Morro Bay Maritime Museum & 16th Century Galleon San Salvador visit

U.S. Navy submarine rescue vessel at Morro Bay
Thomas Wilmer

Larry Newland, Executive Director of the Morro Bay Maritime Museum Association talks about the new museum facility on the Embarcadero, scheduled to open in 2017. He also talks about the historic vessels on display. 

He also talks about the replica 16th Century Spanish galleon, San Salvador that’s scheduled to pay a port-of-call to Morro Bay Harbor, September 30th through October 9th 2016.


Morro Bay Maritime Museum, Morro Bay, CA

After 21 years of planning MMMB was officially relocated to its permanent address June 2, 2016 and architectural plans are in the works for the first of two buildings at 1210 Embarcadero. MMMB’s current fleet includes three vessels: the DSRV-2 Avalon, one of two rescue submarines built in 1971 by the U.S. Navy to compliment the nuclear fleet after the loss of 129 men in the USS Thresher disaster; the 1920s era tugboat Alma, drafted to patrol the waterways during World War II and called to action on December 23, 1941 to rescue survivors off the Union Oil tanker Montebello sunk by enemy torpedo off the coast of Cambria; and a U.S. Coast Guard Rollover Rescue Craft. www.morrobaymaritime.org  

About the Maritime Museum of San Diego

The Maritime Museum of San Diego enjoys a worldwide reputation for excellence in restoring, maintaining and operating historic vessels. The museum has one of the world’s finest collections of historic ships, including the world’s oldest active ship, the Star of India.  The museum is located on the North Embarcadero in downtown San Diego at 1492 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101. www.sdmaritime.org

Cabrillo’s San Salvador: A Pacific Heritage Tour, which is sponsored by KPBS, commemorates the 1542 expedition led by explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo aboard the original San Salvador. Among Cabrillo’s many discoveries was present-day San Diego Bay, where the full-scale, seaworthy replica of his flagship galleon was built by skilled shipwrights and volunteers under the auspices of the Maritime Museum of San Diego.

Twenty years in the planning and five years in construction, San Salvador is the Maritime Museum of San Diego’s newest educational platform, bringing our rich Pacific maritime history to life for adventurers young and old. Her maiden voyage celebration provides an opportunity for other California cities to share the experience.  Each venue will offer different planned events and immersive exhibits.


Tom Wilmer produces on-air content for Issues & Ideas airing over KCBX and is producer and host of the six-time Lowell Thomas award-winning NPR podcast Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer. Recorded live on-location across America and around the world, the podcasts feature the arts, culture, music, nature, history, science, wine & spirits, brewpubs, and the culinary arts--everything from baseball to exploring South Pacific atolls to interviewing the real Santa Claus in the Arctic.