The Pilgrim is a full size replica of the hide brig immortalized by Richard Henry Dana, Jr. in his American classic seafaring novel Two Years Before the Mast. Since her arrival in Dana Point in 1981, thousands of children have stepped aboard her decks to participate in one of her many award-winning living history programs.
The Ocean Institute’s second tall ship, the regal schooner Spirit of Dana Point, allows students, educators and the general public the opportunity to cast off from the dock for exciting sailing adventures that last anywhere from a few hours. . . to five days!
Spirit of Dana Point is a traditionally built replica of a 1770s privateer that was employed during the American Revolution. As well as school programs, she offers public “Pyrate” sails on weekends and is available for private events and cruises.
The 139-foot America is a replica of the low black schooner famous for winning the historic Royal Yacht Squadron’s “100 Guinea Cup” race around the Isle of Wight. That trophy was donated to the New York Yacht Club to be held as a challenge trophy, and it came to be known as the America’s Cup. Next Level Sailing docks this famous yacht at the Maritime Museum of San Diego.
The Bill of Rights is a replica of a 19th century 2-masted schooner designed by McCurdy, Rhodes, & Bates and was constructed in South Bristol, Maine. She is 136 ft long, with a 25 ft beam, 115 ft mainmast and tonnage of 160 gross.
This regal schooner is owned and operated by the San Diego Maritime Museum. The Californian offers educational sailing programs for youth and sail training opportunities for volunteers, and has been designated as the official tall ship ambassador for the state of California.
A classic wooden boat, Curlew’s strong and graceful hull is sheathed in long leaf yellow pine over a sturdy frame of white oak. Fully inspected and certified by the Coast Guard, Curlew is now permanently berthed in Dana Point Harbor at the Dana Wharf Sportfishing docks.
Launched in April 2003, the Exy Johnson and the Irving Johnson are twin brigantines named in honor of Irving Johnson, who traveled on many adventures on the high seas and around Cape Horn, and his dedicated wife. Today, they serve the Los Angeles Maritime Institute in providing sail-training opportunities for volunteers and students in the “TopSail” Youth Program.