Maritime Museum to explore history of rum

 SAN DIEGO (Press Release) — Maritime Museum of San Diego, home to one of the world’s finest collections of historic vessels, opens its latest exhibit, Rum: Sailors, Pirates and Prohibition, Saturday, November 4 in the Gould Eddy Gallery aboard the steam ferry Berkeley at Star of India Wharf. The fresh new interactive, educational and entertaining exhibit tells the story of the new world’s first distilled spirit from its origins on 17th century Caribbean sugar cane plantations to today’s trendy cocktail lounges. Using exhibits, artifacts and 3D displays, visitors will uncover stories of pirates, American and British sailors, and San Diego smugglers.

“We are thrilled to present the story of rum, the part it played in the rich history of sea-going men and its little-known connection to San Diego,” said Dr. Raymond Ashley, PhD., K.C.I., President/CEO of the Maritime Museum of San Diego. “The exhibit covers more than 400 years, ranging from the early distilling process, rum’s role in American politics, including slavery, piracy, and prohibition. It’s an engaging and educational experience that rum, maritime and history buffs will enjoy.”

Opening weekend celebrations include an optional Rum Pour, Saturday and Sunday, November 4 and 5 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. aboard the 16th century Royal Navy Frigate Rose re-creation HMS Surprise. Festivities include music and commemorative cup with purchase of specialty rum drinks for visitors 21 and over. The exhibit is included with general admission to the Museum which is required to participate in the Rum Pour.

For more information and tickets call 619-234-9153 or visit

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