It's difficult to make out in the photo, but underneath the scaffolding is a half-finished replica of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo's ship the San Salvador. After viewing all of the wood and labor going into this beauty all I can think about is how expensive it must be to build. A crew of 200 – 8 paid shipwrights and 192 volunteers – has been at it for 3 years. You wouldn't believe the amount of wood that is being used from all over the world, and I don't know specifics, but I do know that wood is very expensive.
They hope to have it set to sail by September of this year, the anniversary month of Cabrillo's landing in San Diego Bay in 1542. Before then, for $5 you can tour the ship and see the various shipbuilding techniques being employed. A wannabe sailor myself, I can't wait to see it in all its glory!