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Californian represents a U. S. Revenue Marine Service Cutter of the mid 1800's. The Revenue Marine Service was the forerunner of today's Coast Guard. Californian was built on the beach at Spanish Landing Park, San Diego between July 1983 & May 1984 by the non-profit Nautical Heritage Society to show the importance of the coastal marine environment by providing "at sea" experiences. During construction the State Senate and Assembly unanimously passed a resolution proclaiming Californian "Official Tall Ship Ambassador for the State of California". Nautical Heritage Society operated Californian as a youth sail training vessel from 1984 to 2002, traveling over 460,000 miles conducting programs from 28 ports as well as 4 round-trips to Hawaii, 2 voyages to Canada, and 2 voyages to Isla Guadalupe in Mexican waters. Californian went through the Panama Canal to participate in Opsail 2000, visiting ports along the eastern U. S. and the Caribbean.
In 2002 the San Diego Maritime Museum acquired the Californian from Nautical Heritage Society and after a complete reconditioning she continues her educational mission. During her reconditioning the State of California passed legislation making Californian the
Official State Tall Ship. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Bob Ross, Volunteer Crew Member

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