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Sail through nautical history with a tour of the classic vessels on display at the family friendly Maritime Museum on the bay. The big star here is the "Star of India." Built in 1863, the iron-hulled merchant ship has survived a cyclone and 21 trips around the globe. Restored to her former glory, today she's the oldest seafaring ship in the world and a National Historic Landmark. The "Berkeley," a steam ferryboat built in 1898 and another National Historic Landmark, features permanent and temporary exhibits, a display of model ships, and the museum store. Another highlight is navigating the tight interiors of a B-29 Soviet submarine that saw action during the Cold War. The "HMS Surprise" is an immaculate replicate of a Royal Navy frigate from the 18th century, which had a starring role in the Russell Crowe epic "Master and Commander." Joining the fleet in the fall of 2014 is the 100-foot long, fully-functional “San Salvador,” a painstakingly recreated version (at a cost of $6 million dollars) of Juan Rodriquez Cabrillo's Spanish galleon which entered San Diego Bay in 1542, the first European vessel to explore Southern California and the West Coast. For an additional $5, you can also board the 1914 Pilot boat for a 45-minute narrated tour of the San Diego Bay.