Next Talk


Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 11:30 AM

Location: Southwestern Yacht Club
2702 Qualtrough Street
San Diego, CA 92106 (Point Loma)

Speaker:  Ray Ashley
President and CEO
San Diego Maritime Museum

Topic:  Replicating the San Salvador, the ship in which Juan Cabrillo sailed to San Diego

The oceanic sailing ship was history’s first large-scale technological system and the last such system in which people, things, information, and political power moved through the same channel.  In consequence of the sailing ship, we own much of the scientific revolution and the berth of rationalism.  In 1542, the intellectual wave of that revolution was just beginning to crest with the publication of Copernicus’ De revolutionibus erbium coelestium and geographically extended to its furthest reach yet when the galleon San Salvador led a small squadron of European ships into the San Diego bay.  This talk will explore such connections while describing the efforts to reconstruct a 16th century ship for which no original plans existed, and to sail her along a coastline that has changed immeasurably since Cabrillo’s day and among offshore islands that have, in many ways, changed very little since the day he first set eyes on them.