Santa Barbara Maritime Museum Teacher Field Report
Patricia Schoenfeld @Hoover Elementary: . . . . Fri, Aug 31, 5:47PM PST (-0800
Thursday, July 19, Maritime Museum,
……… The Maritime Museum was another fascinating place to visit. From start
to finish there was a wealth of information and our guide was very nice. It was
actually her first tour and she did a great job in providing information. The
museum provides an opportunity to learn about California Maritime History.
button The museum had displays that featured boats and ships, diving
equipment through the years, and maritime disasters. ……….. The museum was
also very kid-friendly in that it had an area set up for kids to explore and
participate as well. The Museum is also continually looking to update and add to
displays to make more available to the public.
The Maritime Museum
was founded in July of 1999. Its mission statement is as follows: Its purpose is to
preserve and present to the public the maritime heritage of California’s Central
Coast, while providing ongoing education to the masses to study and record
human interaction with the marine environment. Brook Sawyer stated that we
could join today!!! With a sizeable donation, we can have our name place on one
of the museum’s exhibit. In the exhibit of Winfield Scott, we learned that it
shipwrecked off the Coast of Anacapa Island in 1853. The latitude where it was
found stranded was N 34° 00.8 minutes, W -119° .23. The Winfield Scott was
famous as the Gold Rush passenger streamer. It carried passengers from
Panama to California. Our next viewing was the first diving apparatus designed
and put into use by William Sadler in the 1840’s. The diving apparatus not only
consisted of the helmet and suit, but additionally a two-man machine that had to
be pumped consistently to provide the oxygen for the diver. There were only
three, ever in the world, diving suits of the nature and one in America. It was the
world’s first surface-supplied military diving unit to remove the wreck of the Royal
George, which sunk in 1782. Diving
Helmet Pump and
Helmet Diving Suit Our
team’s favorite display was the Supply Ships exhibit. The particular exhibit
reminds us of a story of Spanish and Mexican colonization of Santa Barbara. The
La Favorita carried supplies from San Blas, Mexico to Alta California in the
1780’s. It was purchased by Spanish officials in 1778 and traveled four times to
Santa Barbara. It was retired in 1791. The hide and tallow ship transported
40,000 cowhides from the late 1820’s to the early 1840’s. Trade opened Alta
California to the outside world. Also included in this exhibit was two manipoles,
which were two silk strips of cloth worn by priests over their left arm during mass.
During the early days, the towels were used for perspiration. The silk was either
China red or black from Mexico. The red signified joy and was used during
advent. The Mexican black manipole was used during mourning occasions and
on Good Friday.
section of a hide and tallow ship Silk Shawl Due to time restraints, we were
unable to view the exhibits in depth and are looking forward to returning at a later
Los: . . . . Thu, Aug 16, 1:50PM PST (-0800 GMT)
The most famous shipwwwwreck off of Anancapa happened on Dec.2, 1853.
When the “Winnfield Scott”, a steamer, from San Francisco, which was loaded
with gold and about 800 passengers, went off course in the fog around midnight.
The wreck can sssstill be seen when divers go down in the area of N. 34,008 W.
119.229. The earliest diviiing dress and helmet were developed buy Augustine
Siebe around 1840 and then William
Stadler developed and open dive helmet in 1840 and was used by the English
navy to dive down to saalvaaggge the HMS Royal George. SBMM ‘s Mission is
to preserve and present to the public the maaritiiime heritage of Calif.’ Central
Coast, while providing an ongoing educaaaational plaaarform to study and record
human interaction with the marine environment.