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SDMMCA_070724_04.JPG: Topsail Schooner Californian
Official Tallship for the State of California
The California is not open to the public as part of the regular Museum tour. On most weekdays, she is busy hosting local school children with living history programs aligned with the California State Science and Social Studies framework. On weekends and holidays, you will find the ship on public sailing adventures in the harbor or off the coast. Information on how you and your family or your local school can participate in these programs can be found at http://www.sdmaritime.org
Californian was built in San Diego in 1984, and is patterned after the 1848 topsail schooner C.W. Lawrence. Arriving at the peak of Gold Rush frenzy, the Lawrence was California's first law enforcement vessel, serving the Revenue Cutter Service (a precursor to today's Coast Guard) from 1849 to 1851. Based in San Francisco, she sailed to Hawaii and western ports, including San Diego.
Designed for speed, Californian has nine sails, carries 7,000 square feet of canvas, measured 145 feet in length, weighs 130 tons and is armed with four six-pound deck guns. She casts a distinctive and instantly recognizable silhouette and has become one of the most well known tall ships in America.
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Wikipedia Description: Californian (schooner)
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Californian was built in 1984 as a replica of the revenue service cutter C.W. Lawrence which operated off the Californian coast in the 1850s. She is known as the "Official Tall ship Ambassador for the State of California",
A precursor to today's Coast Guard, the Revenue Cutter Service was responsible for securing the tax revenue and to relieve distressed merchant vessels, much as the United States Coast Guard operates today.
Originally commissioned by the Nautical Heritage Society, she's flown the Californian flag up and down the Californian coast and in ports ranging from Hawaii, Mexico, and the East Coast.
Recently acquired by the Maritime Museum of San Diego, she underwent a complete overhaul and has now returned to providing sail training and sea educational programs up and down the Californian coast.
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2007 photos: Equipment this year: I used the Fuji S9000 almost exclusively except for the period when it broke and I had to send it back for repairs. In August, I bought a Canon Rebel Xti, my first digital SLR (vs regular digital) which I tried as well but I wasn't that excited by it.
Trips this year: Two weeks down south (including Graceland, Shiloh, VIcksburg, and New Orleans), a week at a time share in Costa Rica over my 50th birthday, a week off for a family reunion in the Wisconsin Dells (with sidetrips to Dayton, Springfield, and Madison), a week in San Diego for the Comic-Con with a side trip to Michigan for two family reunions, a drive up to Niagara Falls, a couple of weekend jaunts including the Civil War Preservation Trust Grand Review in Vicksburg, and a December journey to three state capitols (Richmond, Raleigh, and Columbia). I saw sites in 18 states and 3 other countries this year -- the first year I'd been to more than two other countries since we lived in Venezuela when I was a little toddler.
Ego strokes: A photo that I took at the National Archives was used as the author photo on the book jacket for David A. Nichols' "A Matter of Justice: Eisenhower and the Beginning of the Civil Rights Revolution." I became a volunteer photographer at both Sixth and I Historic Synagogue and the Civil War Preservation Trust (later renamed "Civil War Trust")..
Number of photos taken this year: 225,000.
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