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Sadly, she sits on dry land

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Imagine living in an area that has been a navy stronghold for a century.

Imagine living in an area that has one of the world’s largest maritime museums.

Imagine living in an area where big boats are built, big boats like cruise ships, battleships, aircraft carriers.

Imagine living in an area where the first ship visited the current west coast of the United States back in 1542.

You’re in San Diego!

Now imagine that maritime museum (Maritime Museum of San Diego) building a full-size replica of that first ship, the San Salvador. Looks like this:

San Salvador

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Now imagine a sixteenth century ship being built in the 21st century with 21st century technology that is unable to move the ship from drydock to the water.

You’re still in San Diego!

The San Salvador was supposed to be launched on April 19, 2015. Just a couple of days earlier one of the engineers determined that the ship was about 20 tons heavier than predicted.

Sadly, the San Salvador still it sits on dry land at the build site.

Activity dedicated to getting it into the water increased significantly the past two days. San Diego can build aircraft carriers but doesn’t have any cranes that can handle this weight. The closest crane is in Los Angeles, and apparently the folks up there want too much money to come help.

Sadly, the San Salvador continues to sit on dry land.

Tugboat bargeThis morning’s activity, which began at 5:00 a.m., was dedicated to getting the San Salvador onto a tugboat barge (picture ►), off to Chula Vista for leak testing, and then into the water within the next few days.

Sadly, the San Salvador continues to sit on dry land.

The deck of the tugboat barge sits higher than drydock, so there must be a low tide of a certain height in order to get the San Salvador onto the barge. Today at 7:00 a.m. was one of those low tides, with a window up to about 10:00 a.m.

I arrived at 4:30 this morning. At 10:19 a.m. with two words, “Not today,” they informed the crowd that the San Salvador wasn’t moving today. That was it.

Sadly, the San Salvador still sits in drydock….

The next appropriate low tide is two weeks away, sadly.

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Update on the San Salvador

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Out & About San Diego

 

The Maritime Museum of San Diego has one of the world’s greatest collection of historic ships. You can see them downtown on the waterfront, across from the County Administration Building, the tallest building on the waterfront.

There are ten historic ships in the collection, including the oldest active sailing ship in the world, the Star of India, and the official tall ship of the State of California, the Californian.

Currently under construction — Wait! You can’t construct a historic ship! Aw, not-so-wise grasshopper, you can! — at Spanish Landing Park on Harbor Drive is the San Salvador.

San Salvador under construction

 

San Salvador under construction

 

San Salvador under construction

 

The San Salvador will be a full-size, fully functional, and historically accurate replica of the Spanish galleon that brought Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo (1499-1543) to San Diego back in 1542. Cabrillo was the first European to explore the western coast of North America and is given credit for discovering San Diego. When the San Salvador is complete, it will be 80 feet to the top of the masts, 24 feet across, 92 feet long, and weigh more than 200 tons.

San Salvador

The project began in November 2010 and is scheduled for completion in early 2013. I go down to the construction site at Spanish Landing Park each month to track its progress.

Spanish Landing Park map

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