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In the days when men, women and children traveled the world on sailing ships, a Sea Chest was often the only connection to home during the weeks and even  months it could take to complete a voyage. The Sea Chest held their clothing, personal items, valuables, and those special treasures that would remind them of friends and family they might never see again. Open our Sea Chest and we'll learn about this life at sea - a life experienced not just by professional sailors but also by thousands and thousands of ordinary people who traveled the sea enroute to new beginnings in new lands.


Thank you for taking an interest in the San Diego Maritime Museum. We hope that you will find this information a valuable supplement for a visit to our ships, or as a glimpse of the life of seagoing pioneers. The Museum is always growing and improving, and we welcome any feedback from educators or their students.



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Why the San Diego Maritime Museum is so important...
We do not have the opportunity to talk with our ancestors to find how they lived, their dreams and hopes, or what they thought about the world where they lived. We do not know why some chose to travel long distances overseas to settle in a part of the world about which they knew little or nothing.


Our museum has preserved the ships, artifacts, and writings these people left behind. As we walk the same decks they walked one hundred or more years ago, we are able to "visit" with them and learn how they lived. Many of the wonderful things we use today are a result of the ideas, thoughts and inventions of our ancestors.

Most of the world was discovered and explored from the decks of sailing ships. The mariners, who explored unknown seas, left their knowledge to us in the form of diaries, logs, and charts. They were just as brave and adventurous as the astronauts who explore space today. These early sailing explorations paved the way for our settlement of all the continents. This curriculum is intended to supplement and may be used to enhance the following studies:


  • Social Studies
  • Geography
  • Human Relations
  • Astronomy
  • Mathematics
  • Geometry
  • Navigation
  • Seamanship
  • Cooking
  • Economics
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Science


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