USCG Certification

Museum Vessel


“HMS” Surprise is a 179’ full rigged ship. Her designers and builders made painstaking efforts to recreate a 24 gun frigate of Great Britains’ Nelson era Royal Navy. The result is a replica vessel unmatched in its authenticity and attention to detail. Originally christened “HMS” Rose when she was launched in 1970, she served as a sail training vessel operating out of several east coast ports for over 30 years. The ship underwent extensive modifications for the production of the film “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World” in 2002. The Maritime Museum of San Diego purchased HMS Surprise from 20th Century Fox in October, 2004.


Flag: United States of America
Rig: Cutter
Homeport: San Diego, CA
Sparred Length: 179'
LOD: 135'
Draft: 13'
Beam: 30'
Rig height: 130'
Sail Area: 13000 sqft
Tons: 263
Hull: wood


Who Sails? No programs as of yet
Program Type: Maritime History
Normal cruising waters: San Diego Bay
Built: 1970
Tel: 619-234-9153
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