Five Interesting Facts You Probably Didn't Know About Disneyland's Sailing Ship Columbia


The Sailing Ship Columbia is one of the few pieces of Frontierland not inherently from the American 1800's. Nevertheless, it captures the spirit of the American frontier and is an iconic attraction for the entire park. But, did you know…

The Sailing Ship Columbia is a faithful reproduction of a 1787 ship that left Boston harbor to sail the world carrying the stars and stripes around the world. It was built in Norwell, Massachusetts and returned three years later as the first American ship to circumnavigate the globe. It sailed 4189 nautical miles. No blueprints were found from that original ship and much of the design for the ship itself came from a single drawing found. It was completed in Long Beach Harbor, CA and was launched in June of 1958.

Plans for the HMS Bounty were sought out to help in the design of the Columbia because the two ships were built just two years apart.

It wasn't until 1964 that the maritime museum was added to the decks below for the guests to enjoy.

In the days of A-E tickets, the Sailing Ship Columbia was a D-ticket…though it did have a short stint as an E-ticket attraction.

The Sailing Ship Columbia decks hold 275-300 guests and has a 110 foot long hull which holds 10 canons.