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Californian | Maritime Museum of San Diego
Topsail schooner Californian from the Cabrillo Monument.
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Californian is a wooden-hulled topsail schooner, and is the state tall ship of California. The 44 metre long sailing ship has total sail area of around 700 square metres. Californian is based at the Maritime Museum of San Diego, in San Diego, California. The ship operates multi-day adventure voyages, overnight Living history programs, dockside educational programs, and can also be booked for public half-day and day cruises on the bay.

She has sailed the east coast of North America, and as far as Mexico and Hawaii. She undertakes an annual tour of the California coast each summer.

Californian was built in 1984 for the Nautical Heritage Society, and is a replica of the 19th century United States Revenue Cutter Service ship C.W. Lawrence, which operated along the coast of California in the 1850s. She was launched for the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. She was acquired by the Maritime Museum of San Diego in 2002 and underwent renovation in 2003. She became the official tall ship of the State of California in July 2003. The Maritime Museum of San Diego is located on Harbor Drive, San Diego.

Ship Summary
Operator:Maritime Museum of San Diego
Built by:Jayford Hazell, Nautical Heritage Society
Date Completed:1984
Gross Tonnage:130
Length:44 m
Width:7 m