Magazine article Sea Classics

Maritime Museum of San Diego Opens New Exhibit - "Man-of-War: Adventures aboard a Fighting Ship"

Magazine article Sea Classics

Maritime Museum of San Diego Opens New Exhibit - "Man-of-War: Adventures aboard a Fighting Ship"

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Maritime Museum of San Diego, home to one of the world's finest collections of historic vessels, from sail to steam to submarine, opened its latest exhibit, "Man-of-War: Adventures Aboard a Fighting Ship," on 25 May.

Staged aboard His Majesty's sixth-rate British Royal Navy frigate HMS Surprise, the new exhibit transports visitors back in time 200 years to the wooden world of the fighting sailing ship. This interactive exhibit encourages visitors of all ages to learn what it was like to live as cabin boy, marine, sailor, midshipman, surgeon, and captain on a "man-ofwar" from the age of sail.

Dr. Raymond Ashley, Ph.D., K.C.I., President/CEO of the Maritime Museum of San Diego, explains "Man-of-War" is an adventure the entire family can enjoy without leaving the dock. "Walk the length of her gun deck, sit in the captain's cabin, visit the surgeon's berth, and stand at the helm. You'll see and hear the sights and sounds of dramatic battles at sea, with Surprise's fearsome guns answering those of her enemies." Dr. Ashley adds, "Much like all of our interior and interactive exhibits on display throughout the Museum's historic fleet, this experience aboard HMS Surprise is free and included with general admission to the Maritime Museum of San Diego".

HMS Surprise is a replica of that most-famous ship in author Patrick O'Brien's series of historical novels chronicling the naval career of Capt. Jack Aubrey. In 2003, she was featured in the 20th Century Fox epic drama Master and Commander, starring Russell Crowe in the role of Aubrey. …

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