In this week’s Feature Friday, we’ll explore the Californian, the official tall ship of the State of California. This schooner was built in 1984 and has graced the San Diego Bay since 2002.
The Californian was launched in 1984 to commemorate the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles that year. She was built as a replica of the 1847 tall ship Lawrence, which served in the Reserve Cutter Service enforcing U.S. maritime law during the 19th century. After the 1984 Olympics, the Californian became popular with sailing excursions that taught U.S. maritime history, and has sailed around both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans.
On July 23, 2003, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill that made the Californian the “official state tall ship” of the state of California. The Californian is a fixture of the San Diego Maritime Museum, who organizes educational and public sails throughout the year. The Californian also sails up and down the California coast on an annual basis, giving Californians the opportunity to see the State’s official tall ship in their own waters.
So the next time you are in San Diego Bay, be sure to check out the Californian at the San Diego Maritime Museum. For an up-close view from the water, a Signature Sailing Tour with San Diego Sailing Tours can give you the best view of the Californian and all of the attractions in the San Diego Bay.