- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 7, 2015

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A launch has been indefinitely delayed for a full-size replica of the Spanish ship whose 1542 arrival in San Diego marked the beginning of European settlement in California.

The San Diego Maritime Museum said Tuesday that unanticipated technical problems will prevent the replica of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo’s San Salvador ship from launching April 19 in downtown San Diego. The ship was expected to sail north along California’s Pacific coast later this year.

Museum spokeswoman Robyn Gallant says the 90-foot vessel weighs 151 tons, or 20 tons more than expected. The cradle was inadequate to hold a boat that heavy.



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