Project To Recreate San Salvador Slowly Taking Shape

Maritime Museum Building Replica Of Ship, Hope To Have It Ready In 2 Years

As a way to pay homage to the explorer who discovered San Diego, the Maritime Museum is building a replica of Juan Cabrillo's ship, the San Salvador.

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"On any project, the number one skill is problem solving," said project manager Bruce Heyman.

Several issues have cropped up since the keel-laying ceremony last April, including the discovery of cracks or defects in some of the wood that arrived for the project.

"Unlike 1542 when Cabrillo built his ship, we have to have exact measurements and meet other standards set by the Coast Guard," said Heyman.

The project is taking shape at Spanish Landing, just west of Lindbergh Field on Harbor Drive.

The framing, or ribs of the ship, are now clearly visible as Heyman initially worked without a set of blueprints for the ship because none existed.

"A lot of naval historians got together and argued for a long time as to what a 1542 Spanish Galleon would look like," Heyman said.

Admission to the work is included with a regular museum ticket or a $3.00 charge at the work site.

While there have been some delays, Heyman believes the project will be in the water two years from now.

For more information on the project, click here.

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