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BOTCON SAN DIEGO
(griffin's 2013 BotCon adventure)


- MARITIME MUSEUM -

It was about 12.45 when I got off the Trolley bus and noticed that this collection of boats next to the bus stop was actually a museum.
I had a look at what it contained, and saw that it was only $16, so figured that it was worth it, as I now had a bit of extra time to fill today (due to the Tijuana tour being cancelled).

As noted on the map, the main berthed item is a ferry, which contains info, models and historical nautical items pertaining to San Diego.
Around it are a small collection of vessels, which just seem to be random, and some appear to be just sitting there slowly rusting and growing alge.

Vessels you could actually go on and explore were the Berkeley, Star of India, Surprise, Medea and the two submarines.... which I was most interested in, as I had never been inside one before.
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I head to the Russian Sub first, and see that there is a porthole at the bottom of the ramp... it says on it that you need to go through it first before you go onto the Sub, as it will let you know if you are going to fit inside.  If you can't fit through, or aren't coordinated enough to get through, don't bother going inside the Sub.

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I didn't have a problem getting through... so down I went. (I ended up going the wrong way, starting from the back of the Sub first because it was closest, as there wasn't any signage saying it was exit only - I've reversed the order of my photos to match the intended direction)

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Forward torpedo room, with big torpedos.

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Small captains quarters.

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Lunch room.

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Kitchen.

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Aft torpedo tubes.

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Next was the Surprise - a replica vessel from about three hundred years ago.

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Food stores.

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Up next was the American Submarine.  It was a bit smaller, and a tighter fit.

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Kitchen

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Looking down to the lower deck.

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I went on the Medea next, but there wasn't anything spectacular enough on it to take a photo of.

Down the back of the pontoon structurre is a collection of racing yachts, including a few that raced in a number of America's Cup races. (which you can see on the map up the top)

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Right at the end of the pontoon structure was a set of assorted cannons.

Inside the Berkeley next.
A model of the Berkeley.

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A diarama of how a lot of the wood was brought to San Diego, because they had none.

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Downstairs from the main level of displays, is the giant boiler room.

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Including a cut away section of one of the brick walls to show what inside looked like.

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Back upstairs, more models of interest.
A lot are war themed, or related to San Diego (either named after the city, or was stationed here).

America's first Air Craft Carrier, for the First World War...


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Because of the landing deck, the smokestacks pointed out sideways.

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One of the ships named after San Diego (a name can be reused, but only after the previous vessel has been decommissioned).

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A Second World War Carrier.

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This was a display of the models that pilots and navy personel would use to study up on the silhouettes of enemy (and friendly) vessels.

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The USS Wasp carrier.

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Another San Diego warship.

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A selection of submarines.

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One of the earliest American Navy vessels.

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An interesting map, of the world as it was known in about 1542 (with black lines of where the continents really are).

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Outside again, there was one vessel left to look at - The Star of India.  Not a replica, but an original from 150 years ago this year, that is still a useable ship.

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It doesn't look like it on the outside, but the ship has two decks below the main deck.

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Inside is set up with a heap of displays and info, mostly for school excursions, as there was a school group there while I was there..

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A passenger cabin.

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And a crew cabin.

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The names of the different sales.

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This one details the difference between each typ of vessel, based on their mast and sail compliment. (they aren't all just called ships)
(in case you can't read the labels) Schooner - Topsail Schooner - Brigantine - Brig - Barkemine - Barque - Ship

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How the Star of India might have looked when it was first constructed 150 years ago. Behind it is a model of what it currently looks like.

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A timeline of navel warships.

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The battle of Trafalgar (1805).

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It was almost 2pm, which was a good hour and a bit of interesting and insightful experiences.

I walked down towards the Midway Museum next.


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