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Saw mill owner helps re-create San Salvador Ship

Steve Cross, Cross Saw Mill Owner Steve Cross, Cross Saw Mill Owner
SEMINOLE CO., GA (WALB) -

A saw mill owner is helping the San Diego Maritime Museum re-create a historically accurate replica of a centuries-old ship.

Steve Cross of Cross Saw Mill provided Southern Live Oak wood to build the reproduction of San Salvador, the 100-foot long flagship of the Portuguese explorer who first sailed to California in 1542.

Cross says he wasn't the first choice though.

"They was gone build it out of laminated white oak, and the white oak delaminated. Then they changed the specification to South American purple heart and the barge with the purple heart sunk and that's when they called me. So I wasn't the first choice or the second choice, but I was probably the best choice," said Cross.

Cross will get to see the finished ship in San Diego next week.

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