- Associated Press - Friday, March 25, 2016

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A replica of 16th century explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo’s flagship San Salvador has raised its main sail for the first time on San Diego Bay.

The Union-Tribune (https://bit.ly/25ogZxH) reports six crew members turned a winch and eight others pulled on rigging to hoist the sail Thursday.

The historically accurate $6.2 million replica of Cabrillo’s Spanish galleon is a project of the Maritime Museum of San Diego and took four years to build. The crew is learning how to handle the vessel, which is expected to sail up the coast of California later this year.

Cabrillo explored the west coast of North America for Spain, arriving in what is now San Diego in 1542. A statue of the explorer overlooks San Diego Bay at the Cabrillo National Monument on Point Loma.

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Information from: The San Diego Union-Tribune, https://www.utsandiego.com

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