Launched in 1914 to her removal from regular service in 1996, Pilot enjoyed an active career as San Diego’s chief pilot craft – assisting almost every one of the thousands of major commercial ships to enter or leave the bay during that time. Restored by the Maritime Museum of San Diego and relaunched in 2002, Pilot provides visitors with an educational tour of our Bay. The 45-minute Bay sightseeing tour takes guests out on the water in a large loop first heading toward North Island and the Aircraft Carriers, then stopping at buoy 22. Guests will then head just under Coronado Bridge and make a port (left) turn around one of the bridge pillars. The vessels then heads back towards the Maritime Museum along the downtown side of the waterfront. Several attractions will be highlighted along the way as guests enjoy the fresh air and view.
During the entire run, guests will see a mixed history of the area and certain attractions within sight. Also, combining lessons in our local ecology and economy.
Attractions generally talked about on the narrated San Diego Bay tour include: Lindbergh field, the Coast Guard station, North Island, Carrier(s), City of Coronado, Coronado Bridge, Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, Tijuana/border, 24th Street Marine Terminal, Naval Station San Diego, shipyards, 10th Ave. Marine Terminal, Convention Center, Public Library, Petco Park, various buildings of interest in downtown, Seaport Village, Tuna Harbor, USO Park, the Midway, cruise ship terminals, and finally as passengers approach the Museum, the narration will focus on nuggets of knowledge about each of the museum vessels in the fleet.
Bay Boat tour reservations will be hosted aboard two restored nationally recognized historic power boats including the Vietnam-era PCF 816 Swift boat used in the training of U.S. Naval sailors and the 1914 Pilot boat, the oldest active harbor pilot boat in the country. Customers can make reservations for the boat tours upon arriving at the Museum when purchasing general admission passes from the Ticket Booth or online in advance at https://sdmaritime.org/, while supplies last. Should tickets be unavailable online, walk-up reservations may still be available.
Once scheduled, guests may check-in for boat tours 15-minutes prior to scheduled runs, before or after they explore the Maritime Museum. Space is limited aboard the vintage vessels due to lower capacity requirements in accordance with state guidelines. Ticket sales end one hour prior to closing (or 4:00 p.m.).
Maritime Museum of San Diego
1492 N Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
Jun 10 - ongoing
11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
5 Pilot tours daily, 11:00 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 3:45 p.m.
Recurs every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
$10 per person with purchase of general admission.
Located at 1492 N. Harbor Drive along the north embarcadero, and downtown waterfront. Between Grape and Ash Street, next to Portside Pier.
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