San Salvador Conquers Morro Bay

Written by Neil Farrell

Neil has been a journalist covering the Estero Bay Area for over 27 years. He’s won numerous journalism awards in several different categories over his career.

August 25, 2023

The Morro Bay Maritime Museum is celebrating a successful visit of the Spanish Galleon replica ship, San Salvador’s extended visit to Morro Bay, as each day saw hundreds of people lining up daily to tour the ship. 

San Salvador is owned by the Maritime Museum of San Diego and is a replica of a Spanish Galleon such as the one Spanish explorer, Juan Cabrillo sailed up the California Coast in 1542. She was in Morro Bay from Aug. 11-20 for dockside tours with members of the local Maritime Museum manning the ticket booth and souvenir stands. 

San Salvador arrived a few days early and by the time the tours started, the reception was huge. Over 1,000 people toured the boat the first day. For a couple of days, San Salvador was a dock mate of the research vessel, Robert Gordon Sproul, which is also based in San Diego at the UCSD Scripts Institute. 

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