• Draft: 9′ 5
  • Beam: 24′
  • Rig Height: 95′
  • Freeboard: 6′
  • Sail Area: 7000 square feet
  • Tons: 130
  • Hull: wood

Organization: Maritime Museum of San Diego


Californian was launched in celebration of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. In 2003, Californian was designated the official tall ship of the State of California. She is the only ship to carry this prestigious title. A 145-foot topsail schooner, Californian is a replica of a mid-19th century revenue cutter. She has played host to thousands of adventure travelers, sailing enthusiasts, students and history buffs during her career. In 2003, she underwent an extensive refit including a haul out, re-stepping the masts, replacing the standing rigging, new sails and mechanical systems and a re-design and re-furbishing of the areas below deck. The Maritime Museum of San Diego uses her for a variety of educational programs and public adventure sails. Her annual coastal tour offers residents and visitors throughout California an opportunity to enjoy the state of California’s official tall ship.


  • Who Sails: Youth, Adults, Scouts, Elementary School, Middle School, High School, Other: groups and individuals of all ages
  • Program Type: Passenger Daysails, Dockside Interpretation, Maritime History, Nautical Science & Seamanship, Other: At sea and dockside programs for at-risk youth
  • Normal Cruising Waters – Winter: Southern California and the California Coast
  • Sailing Season: Year-round
  • Year Launched: 1984
  • Number of Crew: 0
  • Phone: 619-234-9153
  • Website: https://sdmaritime.org/