January-December: The Maritime Museum of San Diego is building a full-sized, fully functional, and historically accurate replica of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo’s flagship, San Salvador.

Watch history being made.

San Salvador will be constructed in full public view at Spanish Landing, giving you the opportunity to watch from a close perspective as an example of the first modern industrial activity in the Americas comes to life before your eyes.

Enjoy a rare opportunity to visit this most historic of shipbuilding endeavors. As a Museum member you can visit the build site as often as you please, you will also be able to visit the site with your museum admission.

Building San Salvador at the prominent waterfront Spanish Landing village, some of what you will fine will be demonstrations on shipbuilding, blacksmiths, sail making, Native American Kumeyaay demonstrations such as tulle boats, baskets, and pottery making. Ship models will be on display. Costumes docents from Cabrillo National Monument will be giving tours. Gift shop available.

After construction, San Salvador will remain on exhibit as part of the Museum’s fleet of historic and replica ships and will travel along the California coast as an ambassador for San Diego.

San Salvador Village at Spanish landing
Site hours 10:00am – 3:30pm daily
Guests who want to stamp their initials into the ship may do so by having the store staff person provide them with the appropriate equipment.

Kumeyaay demonstration schedule:
Local Kumeyaay College instructors Stan & Martha Rodriguez will be working with Kumeyaay students teaching traditional arts and doing demonstrations with the visiting public at the San Salvador build site twice a month on selected weekend dates. Student instruction is from 10:30am – noon and public demonstrations are from 1:00pm – 3:30pm.

January 15 & January 21 Tulle Boat building
February 5 & February 19 Awaa & Ramanda building
March 10 & March 24 Agave & Yucca Harvest
April 7 & 21 Agave & Yucca Harvest Part II
May 5 & May 19 Net making
June 2 & June 30 Rabbit Skin Blankets

For more information contact the museum’s education department at 619-234-9153 x126

NPS Living History Program Schedule:
The programs are 30 minutes, with the presenters staying for a total of an hour to answer questions.

January 28th, 1:30pm – Shipboard Life 1542
Discover the sights smells and sounds of seaboard life in the 16th Century. This living history presentation gives you an introduction to navigational tools used at the time, jobs and roles of the sailors, the food and drink of the day as well as other salty tales from the sea. Join the Boatswain of the Cabrillo expedition and set sail on an educational adventure.

February 11th, 2012, 11:00am – 16th Century Spanish Fashion
Step into the wardrobe of the 16th Century Spaniard. In a world were everything was made by hand, what you wore told a lot about you. Learn about the fashion sense and what was fashionable for people living over 400 years ago. You would be surprised to see how our fashion has evolved through the ages. We unfold the life of the Spanish subject and take a look at their daily life. This program also allows persons to try on Spanish dresses. How many layers do you think you will need to put on?

February 19th, 2012, 1:30pm – Arms and Armor
Two living history presenters focus on the armament used by 16th Century Spaniards. Join us for an insight to the life of the soldier and get a chance to see weapons and armor up close. There is an opportunity for visitors to try on some of the armor and see if they could walk 20 miles on patrol. The formal program will last 30 mins and afterwards you have a chance to get up close and personal to crossbows, and all that armor.

San Salvador gifts and collectables
Newly published San Salvador – Cabrillo’s Galleon of Discovery is now available.

To get your copy and other San Salvador gifts and collectables Click here.

Build your Own San Salvador. Offered FREE of charge by the Maritime Museum of San Diego, this model will help teach young and old alike the details of sixteenth-century Spanish galleons.

The paper model is made from a series of digital design sheets that are downloaded over the internet and printed out on paper from an ink-jet or color laser printer.