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    Maritime Museum of San DiegoMaritime Museum of San Diego San Diego, California
    The maritime was started in 1948 to preserve one of the biggest collections of historical sea vessels in the nation, located on the San Diego Bay, the show piece of the collection is the Star of India, which is an 1863 iron bark. It also preserves the MacMullen Library and Research Archives on board the 1898 ferryboat, Berkeley and publishes a quarterly peer-reviewed journal called; A Journey of Pacific Maritime History. Other outstanding vessels in the collection include; the USS Dolphin, a diesel-electric submarine that was launched in 1968 and decommissioned in 2007, the Californian, a 1984 replica of the 1847 cutter C. W. Lawrence and one of the official tall ships of the state, B-39, a Soviet Foxtrot class submarine, the Medea, a 1904 steam yacht that served in both of the World Wars, the Pilot, a 1914 harbor pilot boat and the HMS Surprise, a 1970 replica of a Royal Navy frigate that had been used in the movie, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. The museum is now in the process of acquiring the San Salvador, a replica of Juan Cabrillo's galleon that discovered San Diego in 1542. Another great attraction and vessel located near by on the docks is the USS Midway aircraft carrier museum that is a great complement to this excellent museum. The museum has a marvelous website on the internet where you can purchase some personal items that are sure to be the envy of all your family and friends. They offer apparel, a pirate collection, collectibles, the HMS Surprise collection, a Russian submarine collection, the USS Dolphin collection, nautical gifts, videos and DVDs, as well as posters and prints that are beautiful examples and documents that are sure to fit into any collector's private collections. The museum also enjoys a world renown reputation for excellence in restoring, operating and maintaining historical vessels and has more gorgeous ships to visit and admire than any other museum in the world. It displays temporary and permanent exhibits about the maritime history, exploration, commerce and stages popular public events like the Festival of Sail and family sleepovers on the Star of India. Their schooner, the Californian takes passengers sailing on San Diego Bay and they even have weekend adventures that sail to the island of Catalina.

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    Mormon Battalion Historic SiteMormon Battalion Historic Site San Diego, California
    The Mormon Battalion was the sole religiously based unit in United States military history; serving from July 1846 to July 1847 in the Mexican-American War, with a volunteer unit of between 534 and 559 Latter-day Saints that were led by Mormon officers, and commanded by regular US army officers. During its outstanding service, the battalion would make a grueling march from Council Bluffs, Iowa to San Diego, California, a distance of 2000 miles, and they would be instrumental in helping the nation secure most of the American southwest, that included territories in the western region, especially the Gadsden Purchase of 1853 that included most of Arizona. The march the Mormons made would also open a new route to the west coast and veterans of this war would become leaders in the western expansion of the United States into California, Arizona, Utah and other areas of the west. One of the historic sites that has been associated with the battalion is the Old Town San Diego State Historic Park in San Diego that is located in the Old Town neighborhood of the city and is now a state protected park that honors the early days of the town of San Diego and contains numerous historic structures from the period of 1820 to 1870.

April 15, 2011