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Cabrillo’s Ships

 
 
Cabrillo’s Ships Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, November 21, 2006
1. Cabrillo’s Ships Marker
Inscription. The first three sailing vessels to enter San Diego Bay came from the direction you are facing. They were the San Salvador, the Victoria and the San Miguel - Spanish vessels commanded by Juan Rodriquez Cabrillo. The San Salvador, a galleon, was about 100 feet (30 meters) long and weighed about 200 tons. The Victoria was a caravel, a smaller ship built for sailing in coastal waters. The bergantin San Miguel, with sails and oars, was used mainly for ferrying men to and from shore and for servicing the larger ships.

The three ships were built on the west coast of Guatemala, mostly with native materials and labor. The San Salvador and the Victoria each could accommodate a crew of 60 – 100 men with enough supplies for three years of exploration.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 32° 40.438′ N, 117° 14.376′ W. Marker is in San Diego, California, in San Diego County. Click for map. Marker is located at the Cabrillo National Monument at Point Loma. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Road, San Diego CA 92106, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Stephen Tyng Mather (within shouting distance
Cabrillo’s Ships Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, November 21, 2006
2. Cabrillo’s Ships Marker
Cabrillo Monument and San Diego Bay are in the Background
of this marker); Joao Rodrigues Cabrilho 1542 (within shouting distance of this marker); In Homage to the Spanish Expedition (within shouting distance of this marker); Landing of Cabríllo (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Point Loma Lighthouse (about 600 feet away); Harbor Lights (about 800 feet away); Point Loma (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fort Rosecrans (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in San Diego.
 
Also see . . .
1. The National Park Service: Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo. (Submitted on January 19, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
2. The National Park Service: Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo. (Submitted on January 19, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
3. San Diego Historical Society: Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo. (Submitted on January 19, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
 
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The Cabrillo National Monument Entrance Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, November 21, 2006
3. The Cabrillo National Monument Entrance
San Diego Bay Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, November 21, 2006
4. San Diego Bay
Looking East from the Cabrillo Monument
Cabrillo’s Monument image, Click for more information
By Syd Whittle, November 21, 2006
5. Cabrillo’s Monument
See Photo #2 for view from marker.

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One of Cabrillo’s Ships Photo, Click for full size
By Allen C. Browne, May 30, 2015
6. One of Cabrillo’s Ships
Close-up of image on marker
Pennant Photo, Click for full size
By Allen C. Browne, May 30, 2015
7. Pennant
Close-up of image on marker
One of Cabrillo’s Ships Photo, Click for full size
By Allen C. Browne, May 30, 2015
8. One of Cabrillo’s Ships
atop the Cabrillo National Monument Sign
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,675 times since then and 69 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   6, 7, 8. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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