Maritime Museum of San Diego is downtown on the Embarcadero at 1492 N. Harbor Dr. The museum encompasses historic vessels, including the 1863 tall ship Star of India, the replica 1542 Spanish galleon San Salvador and the 289-foot 1898 ferry Berkeley as well as nautical and maritime exhibits. A 1914 working pilot boat christened the Pilot and a replica of the 1848 revenue cutter Californian take passengers around the bay. Visitors also can tour the HMS Surprise, a re-creation of an 18th-century British Royal Navy frigate used in the films “Master and Commander” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.”
The museum also touts a pair of retired submarines that trace their roots to the Cold War. One is the 1970s-era B-39, a Soviet Foxtrot-class attack sub designed to track United States and NATO warships; the other is the USS Dolphin, an experimental deep-dive vessel that served 1968-2007.