If you’ve ever visited sunny San Diego, you might be familiar with our renowned Maritime Museum near the cheap downtown San Diego hotels. This popular attraction is gaining more attention than usual thanks in large part to museum CEO and President Dr. Raymond Ashley. His dedication and ingenuity has attracted the attention of not only tourists, but also Spanish royalty.
San Diego native and accomplished sailor, Dr. Raymond Ashley, has been the director and curator at the Maritime Museum in San Diego since 1995. After receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology at the University of California San Diego, he continued his studies at East Carolina University where he obtained a Master’s Degree in Maritime History. He completed his education at Duke University with a PhD in History. Throughout his decorated career, he published several anthropology-related articles, which have helped bolster his reputation as an authority in maritime history. He serves on the Board of the Council of American Maritime Museums and a handful of other national organizations, where his expertise has contributed profoundly to the preservation of America’s naval history.
On May 7th, 2016, Dr. Ashley received a rare honor, at least for a resident of San Diego. You might even say this distinction has been a few centuries in the making. However, we’ll flashback 20 years when he endeavored to replicate a 3500-year-old Spanish ship, called San Salvador, to which the original California settlement is credited. The ship landed on what is now the San Diego harbor in 1542, becoming one of the most important events in not only California’s but also Spain’s legacy. Word of Dr. Ashley’s nearly impossible feat inspired the Spanish government to bestow upon him the prestigious honor of knighthood.
Following in the tradition of San Salvador’s September of 1542 arrival, Dr. Ashley’s 131-ton replica set sail a little less than a year ago in September 2015 and returned to San Diego four months and four days later. What’s even more impressive is the ship’s construction, despite the absence of documented plans. Thanks to donations and experts specializing in centuries-old building techniques, the project is sure to live among the most memorable in San Diego history.
Don’t miss your chance to meet Dr. Ashley yourself or tour this extraordinary ship in person. Book your stay at the Pacific Inn near the marina and enjoy a fun-filled day touring the famous Maritime Museum of San Diego. After an exciting day of exploring historic vessels, head back to your comfortable and affordable room to unwind. We offer numerous amenities to make you feel right at home and help you recharge for another exciting day in the city. Click here to book your stay online or call 1-800-571-2933 to check for rates and availability.