San Diego Bay Tall Ship Californian (schooner)
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The Californian was built in 1984 as a replica
of the United States Revenue Marine cutter Lawrence, which operated off the coast of
California in the 1850s. On July 23, 2003, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed Bill No.
965, making her the "official state tall ship" of California.
Originally commissioned by the Nautical Heritage
Society, she has flown the flag of California up and down the coast and in ports ranging from
Hawaii, Mexico, and the East Coast. She also represented the state at the 1984 Summer
Olympics in Los Angeles.
The model for her figurehead was actress
Catherine Bach, who was chosen as she was descended from one of the state's early
The Maritime Museum of San Diego acquired
Californian from the Nautical Heritage Society in June 2002 through a grant from the Sheila
Potiker Family Foundation of San Diego.
The California Coastal Conservancy provided the
Maritime Museum of San Diego with a US$300,000 grant to complete restoration of the
Californian in February 2003.
After the overhaul was completed in August 2003
Californian returned to providing sail training and sea educational programs up and down the
Owner: Maritime Museum of San Diego
Builder: Melbourne Smith, designer;
Jayford Hazell/Nautical Heritage Society, builder
Homeport: San Diego, California
General characteristics 
Type: Topsail schooner
Tonnage: 130 GT
Length: 93 ft 6 in (28.50 m) on deck; 145 ft (44 m) sparred length
Beam: 24 ft (7.3 m)
Draft: 9 ft 6 in (2.90 m)
Notes: 7,000 sq ft (700 m2) sail area; wood hull
Come sailing with us and see this wonderful ship
from the water.