Star of India was built in 1863 at Ramsey in the Isle of Man as Euterpe, a full-rigged iron windjammer ship. After a full career sailing from Great Britain to India and New Zealand, she became a salmon hauler on the Alaska to California route. Retired in 1926, she was not restored until 1962–63 and is now a seaworthy museum ship home-ported at the Maritime Museum of San Diego in San Diego, California. She is the second oldest ship still sailing regularly and the oldest iron-hulled merchant ship still floating. The ship is both a California Historical Landmark and United States National Historic Landmark.
–Wikipedia Page on Star of India
Just when you think I am done with my San Diego trip, I go and write another post on San Diego. :)
Interesting facts about the ship, Star of India.
- Launched five days before Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address
- Sailed twenty-one times around the world
- Never fitted with auxiliary power
- Went aground in Hawaii
- Became an “American” ship by Act of Congress
Of course, there’s more…
One of the oldest ship, the Star of India is haunted. Why else would I write about it… ;)
According to Weird California’s website, there are a few ghosts on this ship. So if you like spook, paranormal sightings, or just plain like history and old things, you may want to visit.
We actually didn’t have time to visit this ship, but we did pass by it a few times. So on our way to the airport, I snap this picture of the ship. Eventhough it’s really old, it still looks quite majestic, don’t you think?