Los Angeles Maritime Museum

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Los Angeles Maritime Museum

 

Built to engender a knowledge and understanding of California’s maritime history, the Los Angeles Maritime Museum shows particular emphasis on the people and institutions of the Los Angeles port city. Located in the 1941 Municipal Ferry Terminal, the museum is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

A ferry system brought thousands of passengers to the canneries and military bases located on

Terminal Island from 1941 to 1963. From here they could make connecting voyages to neighboring

cities and districts. Located on the main channel in Los Angeles Harbor, San Pedro, California, the L.A. Maritime Museum is housed in the former Municipal Ferry Terminal building. With the opening of the Vincent Thomas Bridge in 1963, the ferry ceased operations.

The history of commercial diving in the L.A. Harbor is showcased in one of the museum’s exhibits. A

Navy Hall that houses large model ships such as the U.S. Navy cruiser Los Angeles is found here.

There is also an exhibit that traces the once thriving San Pedro fishing industry.

Models of merchant ships such as the Silverpalm, square riggers, sail boats, and a still functioning ham radio station are found upstairs. The tugboat “Angels Gate” is operated by the museum. Built in 1944

for the Army Transportation Service, Angels Gate was first called the ST-695. It was among the fleet of tugboats built for the World War II European theater.

 
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