Greg Gorga

Santa Barbara Maritime Museum Director Greg Gorga displays the 2020 Rotary Calendar with Rotarian Debbie Murphy.

Maritime Museum Director Greg Gorga recently spoke at Morning Rotary and shared 13,000 years of local nautical history. Starting with the discovery on Santa Rosa Island of the oldest human remains in the western hemisphere, and continuing up to the state of the art diving equipment developed and still made in Santa Barbara, Gorga shared the rich history of this region. Using the tall ship “Spirit of Dana Point” fourth graders from Santa Barbara County schools have the opportunity to become immersed in early California history while working with a variety of dynamic historical characters from “Two Years Before the Mast,” by Richard Henry Dana, Jr. Students gain skills in cooperative learning, teamwork, and communication as they hoist cargo, row long-boats, raise sails, stand night watch, swab the decks and sing sea shanties. Gorga shared, “The best view of Santa Barbara Harbor is from the fourth-floor patio deck free and open to all.”

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