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Tall Ships in Los Angeles and Southern California


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The Irving Johnson and Exy Johnson in San Pedro
Tall Ship Irving Johnson

Tall Ship Irving Johnson sailing off the coast of Long Beach, CA

Photo © 2011 Kayte Deioma, used with permission
In San Pedro, the twin brigantines, the Irving Johnson and Exy Johnson are operated by the Los Angeles Maritime Institute. Youngsters in the world of tall ships, the two ships were built in 2003 using both traditional and modern ship-building methods. Like most other tall ships, the Irving and Exy Johnson are also primarily used for youth education programs and are sometimes off traveling to other ports. When they are home, they are not open to the public, but the two tall ships can be seen at Berth 78, at the end of 6th Street near Ports O'Call Village in San Pedro.

Ship Facts:

Type: Brigantine
Year Built: 2003
Design Year/Period: based on 1930s plans by Henry Gruber
Where Built: Allan Rawl/Brigantine Boatworks, San Pedro, CA
Length: 113'
Number of Masts: 2
Mast Height: 86.6'
Number of Sails: 13
Sail Area: 5032 sq ft
Notable: The twin ships are Official Tall Ship Ambassadors of the City of Los Angeles.

The LA Maritime Institute also owns the topsail schooner, the Swift of Ipswich, which is currently undergoing reconstruction.

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