Star of India – hauntingly majestic ship

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.[3] 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.

[to read more interesting facts, click on the link to take you to San Diego Maritime Museum.]

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?


9 responses to “Star of India – hauntingly majestic ship

  1. How interesting! And it’s so old and yet still afloat. The RMS Queen Mary at Long Beach is supposed to be haunted to.

    • Yes, they still sail it. As for the Queen Mary, i didn’t know that, but not surprised because I think a lot of ships are haunted.

  2. It is haunted! I live in San Diego, and there was this story on the news shortly after I learned it was haunted – some crew of the ship was on there at night working/cleaning, and he “fell off” and died! I think the ghosts pushed him..

    • Hi Christina. Ok, that totally freaks me out! Wow, how spooky that happened. I did hear some story about this ship being ultra haunted, but just didn’t think too much of them because nothing happened when we went to the other *haunted* places we visited in SD. Just have to be careful if anyone goes then…

  3. Actually, the Star of India is the oldest ship still sailing regularly but the second oldest ship that still sits in water. Old Ironsides is the oldest still sitting in water but it does not sail regularly, nor does it even move out of its dock under its own power. Every year or so Old Ironsides is turned around 180° by tugboats so that it will weather evenly on all sides.

  4. Also, re Christina’s comment, the person who died last year was a volunteer cleaning the rigging, but it was not at night. The ship is closed at night. Rather, it was in mid day and the harbor was crowded. Many witnesses to the tragic death.

    • Thanks for letting us know about Star of India and Old Ironside. Also, the volunteer who died…sad event, no matter what. RIP.

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