Maritime Museum of San Diego
Jan 14, 2022
TO BE RESCHEDULED! Dr. Ray Ashley, President/CEO
Maritime Museum of San Diego

Dr. Ray Ashley is President/CEO of the San Diego Maritime Museum. Growing up locally, he became director of the San Diego Maritime Museum in 1995. He holds a BA in Anthropology from UCSD, an MA in Maritime History and Museum Studies from East Carolina University, and a PhD in History from Duke University.

Dr. Ashley has been sailing for most of his life since spending his senior year in high school on the schooner Westward and is is a licensed captain, is the Star of India’s navigator and frequently has the chance to sail  other vessels of the Museum’s active fleet including the State tallship Californian, steam yacht Medea, Swift Boat PCF 816, Pilot and most recently, the galleon San Salvador.

In 2014 Dr. Ashley was recognized with lifetime achievement awards by both the Maritime Alliance in San Diego, and the International Maritime Heritage Alliance, for the construction of the Galleon San Salvador.

In recognition for his efforts in building the San Salvador, in 2016 Dr. Ashley was knighted with the rank of Knight Commander, Order of Isabella la Catholica by direction of his majesty, King Felipe VI of Spain.

He lives in Chula Vista with his wife Carlynn (with whom he once sailed a 25’ boat through the South Pacific).