The Morro Bay Maritime Museum officially opened Sept. 30 as hundreds of supporters turned out to be on hand as history was made. More than two decades in the making, the small 20-foot by 20-foot exhibit building is nestled among historic ships and a submarine, on display at the north end of The Embarcadero. It’s displays represent the various maritime histories of the area — from a Salinan Tribe tule boat, to a replica of an abalone dive boat and a hardhat dive suit, a sailing dinghy and displays and models of the Montebello and the Japanese submarine that sank the oiler off Cambria in December 1941, among other exhibits. The opening was marked with speeches by MBMMA’s Larry Newland, local historian and Tribune columnist Dan Krieger, a blessing ceremony by Salinan Tribal elders, and official Certificates and Proclamations from the City of Morro Bay, SLO County Supervisors, the State Assembly and even Congress. It will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays through the end of the year. The museum is looking for volunteer docents. See: www.morrobaymaritime.org for more information.
Photos by Neil Farrell