...THE STAR OF INDIA
She is the oldest iron-hulled sailing ship in the world -- and she still sails!
She was built in 1863 in Ramsey on the Isle of Man and today resides at the Embarcadero in San Diego. What a beautiful ship she is! She is open to the public and I and my family have all explored aboard her. This year is her 150th anniversary, and as she has many other years, she took to the seas again just to prove she can still do it. It is a magnificent sight to see her sailing the beautiful San Diego Bay. Of course we are all very proud of her.
She has had an eventful life, having sailed around the world 21 times. Her first voyage involved a collision and a mutiny. Later she was caught in a cyclone and barely survived. In addition her first captain died aboard and had to be buried at sea. Not an uneventful life.
Originally her name was Euterpe and she was used for the Indian jute trade. Later she was employed in carrying passengers and freight to New Zealand for 21 years. Each voyage was made by travelling eastward around the world and at one point she ran aground in Hawaii.
In 1901 she was registered to the United States where she was employed in ferrying fishermen, cannery workers and supplies from California to Alaska. That was when her name was changed to "The Star of India". In 1926 having come to the end of her trading and commercial career, there was a movement to have her restored to the grand old ship that she was. Economic setbacks such as the Great Depression and World War ll took their toll but in 1976 she was finally ship-shape and sea worthy and put to sea once again from her home port of San Diego with great celebration. I'm happy and proud to say that I was there to see it! It was a momentous occasion for San Diego!
Soon after that I did a water color painting of her in full sail (about 10 X 8 inches). It is the only one of my paintings I have ever tried to sell. I donated it to a silent auction to raise funds for our small Christian School. I was blown away when it was sold for $70!! Sadly I never kept a copy because computers were not all the rage back then and we didn't even own one never mind know how to use one. Too bad.
So the STAR OF INDIA has special meaning for our family, the Isle of Man being only a stone's throw from Liverpool where my husband grew up.
The Star of India docked in San Diego
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