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Festival of Sail

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San Salvador (replica)
Length: 113′ 6″
Rig: Square/Lateen Rig
Built: 2015 San Diego
Home Port: San Diego, California

The original San Salvador under the command of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, arrived at the port we now call San Diego on September 28, 1542, before proceeding further north in search of new trade routes. She was the first recorded European vessel to sail along California, and survey its coastline.

Her expeditionaries established a generally friendly first contact with the indigenous peoples of that coast. The San Salvador must be considered the founding ship of San Diego and of the State of California. As such she functions as an “origin symbol” ship for San Diego in much the same way as the Mayflower is the origin symbol ship of New England.

Her story represents the beginning of a common heritage for the peoples of California, both past and present.

B-39 Submarine
Length Overall: 299’
Submerged Displacement: 2475 tons
Diesel Engines: 3 x 2000hp
Electric Engines: 3 x 1350hp
Torpedo Tubes: 6 forward, 4 aft
Built: 1970’s Russia
Home Port: San Diego, California

One of a fleet of diesel electric submarines the Soviet Navy called “Project 641,” B-39 was commissioned in the early 1970s and served on active duty for more than 20 years. 300 feet in length and displacing more than 2000 tons, B-39 is among the largest conventionally powered submarines ever built. The Soviet and then Russian Federation navies deployed these submarines from the mid 1950s through the early 1990s. They played a part in many of the Cold Wars most tense moments including the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Berkeley Ferryboat
Length Overall: 279’
Beam: 64’
Draft: 9’ max
Engine: steam, triple expansion, 1450 hp
Original seating capacity: 1691
Built: by Southern Pacific R.R.
Home Port: San Diego, California

Built by Union Iron Works in San Francisco Oct 18 1898, Berkeley is a double-ended, steel-hulled, steam ferryboat with a triple-expansion engine. The first successful propeller-driven ferry boat on the west coast, thereby ending the era of paddle and side wheel propulsion, Berkeley played a crucial role in California history, ferrying railroad and commuter passengers between San Francisco and Oakland/Alameda for 60 years. Perhaps her most historic day was April 18, 1906, when she shuttled thousands of refugees from the burning earthquake-devastated city and returned with necessary supplies.

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