Central Coast Maritime Museum welcomes visitors

On Sept. 29, the Central Coast Maritime Museum opened its doors for the first time with a grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting. (Photo contributed)

MORRO BAY On Sept. 29, the Central Coast Maritime Museum opened its doors for the first time with a grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting that included a blessing from the Salinan tribe, guest speaker Dan Krieger with some history, and representation from the city by Councilmember Marlys McPherson and state representatives. Approximately 300 people enjoyed refreshments and live music and people were able to view the inside of the museum until 5 p.m. that evening.

On Oct. 6  they had PG&E Meteorologist John Lindsey on hand to send aloft a 10-foot diameter weather balloon inaugurating the Maritime Museum as a weather station. The balloon was filled with helium and sent upward. It rose rapidly straight up for the first 20,000 feet and then headed south on the prevailing winds. The San Luis Obispo Regional Airport had been notified of the balloon launch previously. The balloon ascended to 110,000 feet hitting subfreezing temperatures and then it disintegrated. By that time, however, it had enlarged to 40 feet in diameter. Now the public can stop by to check out what the temperature, wind speed, and humidity are on the waterfront.

The museum is open every Saturday through January from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.. and will be open on a limited basis during the week. People should call 805-225-5033 or email at [email protected] to check availability or to obtain a private tour. Visitors can come any time to see the open-air exhibits that include the historic tugboat Alma, and the DSRV Avalon, one of only two cold war era rescue submarines, and the United States Coast Guard Surf Rescue boat. There are outdoor displays telling the history of the museum and the outdoor exhibits.

You can create a lasting memory for yourself, a family member, or friend by purchasing an engraved Memorial Brick. They come in two sizes, 4 by 8 inches or 8 by 8 inches. There are also concrete benches custom made for the museum that are four feet long and weighs about 500 pounds. In the middle of the bench is an inset of black granite tile measuring 8 inches square. These squares can also be engraved with a sentiment of your choice. For more information on how you can be a part of this important program, contact Board Member Bonnie Jones at 602-526-4367 or email [email protected]


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