Maritime Museum of San Diego : Michelin's recommendations
Three historic ships, two replicas, a submarine and their onboard exhibits form the core of a museum dedicated to the city's maritime history. The highlight of the collection is the Star of India. Launched as the British full-rigged ship Euterpe on November 14, 1863, at Ramsey, Isle of Man, the Star of India is the oldest iron merchant ship afloat and is considered among the oldest of all seaworthy ships. In 1871-97, she circumnavigated the globe 21 times, carrying British emigrants to Australia and New Zealand. The Berkeley, constructed at the Union Iron Works in San Francisco and launched on October 18, 1898, was the second propeller-driven ferry on the Pacific coast; she evacuated thousands to the East Bay following the 1906 earthquake. Built in 1904, the Medea, a luxurious, 140ft iron-hulled steam yacht, first carried hunting parties on the lochs and coastal waters of Scotland. She saw military action during both world wars and served as a pleasure ship in the Mediterranean and Baltic seas.
Opening hours :
- 9am-8pm (9pm Memorial Day-Labor Day