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Flotilla Greets San Salvador in Morro Bay

The tall ship, San Salvador, appeared through an eerie, pea-soup fog that enveloped Morro Bay Harbor, and completely obscuring the famous Morro Rock  on Thursday, Sept. 29 for a 10-day stay through Sunday, Oct. 9.

A flotilla of vessels — from a dragon boat racing canoe, to a Coast Guard motor lifeboat, harbor patrol, sailboats, power boats, kayaks, paddle boards, the Chablis and Papagallo II party boats, and even three handmade reed canoes, fashioned by members of the Salinan Tribe, greeted and escorted the tall ship into the harbor. The flotilla was organized by the Morro Bay Maritime Museum Association and the MB Yacht Club.

The Museum Association arranged for San Salvador’s visit on this her maiden voyage. Built by the Maritime Museum of San Diego, the San Salvador is a replica of the Spanish Galleon captained by Juan Cabrillo in 1542 on a voyage of discovery up the California Coast. Cabrillo is credited for discovering Morro Rock and giving the monolith its name (though the Salinans and Chumash had inhabited the area for thousands of years).

The San Salvador is docked at the South T-pier and is conducting dockside tours throughout her stay. One of the reed boats will be among the displays on the T-pier.

— Photos by Neil Farrell

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