Festival of Sail (FOS) in San Diego - cannon battle


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Tall Ships Battle on San Diego bay.

Come Join the crews of the tall ships and revel in the experience of tall ship sailing while we engage opposing ships in a Cannon battle on the bay.

Enjoy a trip back into time as we mock battle with our adversary. Watch from the deck as we come into range of our target, and fire (blanks) our deck guns, emitting an eardrum-rattling boom and a dense cloud of smoke. The mock battle will employ the same tactics used during the mid-to late 1800s when the Gold Rush brought people to the West Coast. Ships like the Californian, a revenue cutter, served as a precursor to the Coast Guard. Built for speed and armed with heavy fire power, they would chase down merchant ships that failed to pay proper tariffs.

Cannon Battle tickets include an incredible sailing experience aboard select tall ships during the Festival of Sail where you'll battle other tall ships with black powder cannons. Ticket holders will be onboard one of the ships to experience and participate in the thrill of tall ship maneuvers and tactical combat at sea.

Dates: All 4 days, Friday August 29, to Monday Sept 1
Boarding Times: 10:30am returns 1:30pm or 2:30pm returns 5:30pm
Adults $65.00, children $40.00 (12 & under)

Enjoy a little adventure 1800s style and take a trip back into history fighting the Enemy from a Tall Ship.

BUY NOW Cannon Battle, your ticket to adventure!

This is a ADD-ON event - All Passengers Require A Cannon Battle Ticket As Well As A Festival Of Sail Admission Ticket.
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Californian is a replica of a revenue cutter that patrolled the coast during the California Gold Rush. A topsail schooner built for speed, the Californian was designated the official Tall Ship of the State of California. The Californian is home ported at the Maritime Museum of San Diego. Various ships will be participating in the cannon battles. Ship choice will be on a first come first served basis during check-in.

*Some of the ships participating in Cannon Battles:

  • American Pride
  • Californian
  • Exy Johnson
  • Irving Johnson
  • Spirit of Dana Point

*Ship participation can change at any time.

Early Cannon Battles boards at 10:30 a.m. returns at 1:30 p.m.*
Late Cannon Battles boards at 2:30 p.m. returns at 5:30 p.m.*

For more information call (619) 234-9153 ext. 101
Or Email us: info@sdmaritime.org


*Schedule is subject to change. Cannon battle sails may be postponed or canceled due to adverse weather conditions, mechanical problems, safety concerns or for any reason determined by Maritime Museum of San Diego staff to be sufficient cause to cancel or postpone the cruise. Postponements or cancellations may occur anytime right up to departure.