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A San Salvador at last

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Varnishing work on the back of the San Salvador replica ship standin gon its shipbuilding rig at Spanish Landing, Thursday, August 28th, gave the wood planks their seafaring look. September 27th, the Saturday Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo's ship opens to public visits, ready to sail, leave little time to finish work on San Diego's 1542 land discoverer.

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The high deck stood strong enough Thursday to lay under sailors feet. A month away from three long years, and five months, since the shipbuilders layed the keel at the landing in April in 2011.

The Spanish galleon shape stands full. Masts, and above board decks, at ease on the landing vilalge work grounds. Protected from ruin by weather during drying under tents.

August's last weekend on San DIego Bay has sailors flags flying. Waters off the bay land landing Cabrillo discovered float the tall ships San Diego sailors sail to take ship visitor on rides taken to celebrate the annual Festival of the Sail. A ride on America keeps locals looking away.

San Diego Maritime Museum set up N. Harbor Drive, east around the bend from its Spanish Landing shipbuild site, to take in long lines of visitors ready to hear the stories on lasting traditions. Over the four day adventure Labor Day weekend.

Cannon salutes fired during tall ship battles make San Diego remember the big plans won on the water.

Steps taken to stand on the San Salvador deck start too soon to let down any flags. Unfinished work on the local treasure keep the work site on the N. Harbor Drive road side busy. Shipbuilders line up the masts to lay in, and, spread the sails on.

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