The Californian is a replica of the 1849 Revenue Cutter, C. W. Lawrence. The Revenue Service was a precursor to the National Coast Guard.
Built in 1984 by the Nautical Heritage Society, the Californian is a Topsail Schooner. The California Legislature in June of 1983, a year before construction was completed, declared the Californian as the State of California's Tall Ship Ambassador.
This ship that has inspired the appreciation for maritime heritage has represented California for some 18 years at special invents including the 1984 Olympics and the Centennial of the Statue of Liberty in New York.
In 2002 ,the ship was purchased from the Nautical Heritage Society by the San Diego Maritime Museum and was restored and upgraded to be the educational vessel and historical asset she is today.
The Californian, throughout the year provides mock cannon battles with other visiting Tall Ships, and can be spotted in the local water of the San Diego Bay on many weekends throughout the year.
The Californian will on September 10-12th, 2010 be a full participant in the annual Tall Ships Festival which will include the Tall Ship and Great Schooner Parade hosted by the Dana Point Yacht Club at the Dana Point Harbor.