Amazing, beautiful tall ships visit San Diego!

Tall ship Californian fires a cannon toward the Maritime Museum of San Diego during the 2016 Festival of Sail!
Tall ship Californian fires a cannon toward the Maritime Museum of San Diego during the 2016 Festival of Sail!

I took a fair number of photos at the 2016 Festival of Sail today. The celebration of tall ships, which takes place at the Maritime Museum of San Diego during Labor Day weekend, is just as wonderful as ever. I suppose I’m biased. I’ve always loved tales of the sea and stories of rugged souls who have embarked on journeys of discovery.

The Festival of Sail this year includes 19 ships.  Many have arrived for this event from locations up and down the West Coast.

I blogged about the annual Festival of Sail the last couple of years, so this time I won’t provide heaps of information. Just a sense of what it’s like to wander among the beautiful and amazing ships, and to watch them out sailing on San Diego Bay. Remember–this awesome event continues through Labor Day!

The 2016 Festival of Sail includes dueling tall ships out on San Diego Bay. Here we see Californian and Bill of Rights maneuvering to fire some broadsides.
The 2016 Festival of Sail includes dueling tall ships out on San Diego Bay. Here we see Californian and Bill of Rights maneuvering to fire some broadsides.
Out on the big bay and along the Embarcadero, many beautiful sailing ships are part of this year's annual Festival of Sail in San Diego.
Out on the Big Bay and along the Embarcadero, many beautiful sailing ships are part of this year’s annual Festival of Sail in San Diego.
Mister Mac, that notorious pirate, has descended on San Diego with two rascally accomplices to wreak havoc.
Mister Mac, that notorious pirate, has descended on San Diego with two rascally accomplices to wreak havoc.
The tall ship Spirit of Dana Point is a replica of a 1770s privateer used during the American Revolution. It is based at the Ocean Institute up the coast in Dana Point, California.
The tall ship Spirit of Dana Point is a replica of a 1770s privateer used during the American Revolution. It is based at the Ocean Institute up the coast in Dana Point, California.
Figurehead of the Spirit of Dana Point is a Native American female.
Figurehead of the Spirit of Dana Point is a Native American female.
The graceful brigantines Exy Johnson and Irving Johnson have returned for this year's Festival of Sail. They are based at the Los Angeles Maritime Institute.
The graceful brigantines Exy Johnson and Irving Johnson have returned for this year’s Festival of Sail. They are based at the Los Angeles Maritime Institute.
Volunteer crewmember aboard the Exy Johnson tells a visitor about the complex workings of a tall ship with many sails.
Volunteer crewmember aboard the Exy Johnson tells a visitor about the complex workings of an amazing tall ship with many sails.
Visitors to the 2016 Festival of Sail in San Diego learned about history and experienced a bit of what life is like aboard a tall ship.
Visitors to the 2016 Festival of Sail in San Diego learned about maritime history and experienced a little of what life might have been like sailing across the broad ocean on a tall ship long ago.
These Royal Marines belong to the HMS Surprise, docked just behind them. They're enjoying a bit of grog. Don't tell the captain!
These Royal Marines belong to the HMS Surprise, docked just behind them. They’re enjoying a bit of grog. Don’t tell the captain!
Visitor standing on the newly rebuilt poop deck of the Star of India rings the historic ship's bell. The wheel has been removed for refurbishment. The nearby binnacle and wooden benches will also be made like new!
Visitor standing on the newly rebuilt poop deck of the Star of India rings the historic ship’s bell. The wheel has been removed for refurbishment. The nearby binnacle and wooden benches will also be made like new!
The Tiama and Cloudia were docked side by side not far from the Maritime Museum of San Diego during the 2016 Festival of Sail.
The Tiama and Cloudia were docked side by side not far from the Maritime Museum of San Diego during the 2016 Festival of Sail.
The Cloudia is an old wooden Norwegian top-sail ketch recently restored in San Diego. It is available for local sailing trips.
The Cloudia is an old wooden Norwegian top-sail ketch recently restored in San Diego. I believe it is available for local sailing trips.
There is so much to look at and explore! What's down below the deck?
There is so much to look at and explore! What’s down below the deck?
Docked behind the Maritime Museum's steam ferry Berkeley, the galleon replica San Salvador made its public debut during the 2016 Festival of Sail.
Docked behind the Maritime Museum’s steam ferry Berkeley, the galleon replica San Salvador made its public debut during the 2016 Festival of Sail.
Visitors line up to have a chance to go aboard San Salvador for the very first time.
Visitors line up to have a chance to go aboard San Salvador for the very first time.
Looking up at masts, a crow's nest, and a flag of the Spanish Empire while waiting to board the San Salvador. This ship is an approximate replica of what Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo sailed in when he discovered San Diego Bay in 1542.
Looking up at masts, a crow’s nest, and a flag of the Spanish Empire while waiting to board the San Salvador. This ship is an approximate replica of what Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo sailed in when he discovered San Diego Bay in 1542.
A park ranger from Cabrillo National Monument, across the bay on Point Loma, talks to visitors about the history of the San Salvador and the difficulties of sailing long ago.
A park ranger from Cabrillo National Monument, across the bay on Point Loma, talks to visitors about the history of the actual San Salvador and the difficulties of sailing long ago.
Once aboard the San Salvador, we were permitted to explore the main deck and enclosed areas at either end. It's hard to believe, but during the journey of exploration in 1542, over 100 men occupied a similarly small deck!
Once aboard the replica San Salvador, we were permitted to explore the main deck and enclosed areas at either end. It’s hard to believe, but during the journey of exploration in 1542, over 100 men occupied a similarly tiny deck!
Ropes and a bombard tucked away inside the forward part of the galleon San Salvador.
Ropes and a bombard tucked away inside the forward part of the galleon San Salvador.
Exhibits on the San Salvador replica galleon include a crude narrow dining table and armor used by Spanish conquistadors.
Exhibits on the San Salvador replica galleon include a crude narrow dining table and armor used by Spanish conquistadors.
Out at the end of the Maritime Museum of San Diego's dock, three cannons are prepared to be fired!
Out at the end of the Maritime Museum of San Diego’s dock, three cannons are prepared to be fired!
Boom!
Boom!
Californian sails in toward its docking place near the San Salvador. More cannon battles out on San Diego Bay will take place all Labor Day weekend!
Californian sails in toward its docking place near the San Salvador. More cannon battles out on San Diego Bay will take place all Labor Day weekend!

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