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Replica of Cabrillo's Galleon Arrives at Channel Islands Harbor

Replica of Cabrillo's Galleon Arrives in Oxnard

OXNARD, Calif. - History is coming to life in Oxnard. On Wednesday, a replica of the first ship to explore the West Coast docked in the Channel Islands Harbor.

The replica San Salvador has been in the making for more than 20 years and this week it made its maiden voyage, traveling from San Diego to the Channel Islands Harbor. The San Salvador is famous for making the first European contact with what would become the West Coast of the United States. Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo made the San Salvador famous when he sailed it into San Diego in 1542.

For visitors, history came alive as they got to watch the ship -- which is 92 feet long, 24 feet wide, and 85 feet tall come into harbor.

"It is pretty amazing to see a 16th-century Spanish galleon just come straight through here, where we go kayaking and paddelboarding on the weekends, so it is really amazing.  It is huge," said Katie Hagan, of Port Hueneme.

The goal is that the replica San Salvador can help educate the public on the first explorations of the Pacific West Coast for decades to come.

It will be in the Channel Islands Harbor through Sunday. The public can come aboard the ship.  The charge is $15 for adults and $10 for child. For more information on how to check it out go to the Channel Islands Maritime Museum website.