This magnificent vessel was first launched in 1863 as the Euterpe, and she is currently the world's oldest active ship. She arrived in San Diego in 1927, and was eventually fully restored, sailing again in 1976 for the first time in almost 50 years.
Unfortunately, this beautiful ship is sailed only once or twice each year, but is open for visitors daily. She is maintained by volunteers, and tours are operated by the Maritime Museum of San Diego.
The Maritime Museum was founded in 1948 to preserve the seafaring heritage of San Diego.
The museum has one of the world’s finest collections of historic ships, including the world’s oldest active ship the Star of India.
A single admission allows entry to all the ships, with permanent and temporary exhibits on maritime history, commerce and exploration.
We were lucky that during our visit the ship used in the film Master and Commander was also on exhibit. On board were artifacts, costumes, weapons and props used in the film.
Located on the larger harbour in San Diego, the museum has 4 ships that you can board and look around; the Berkeley, Medea, Sunset and Star of India. Sunset was used in the Russell Crowe film 'Master and Commander' and has plenty of info. on the making of the film and you can see and touch props that were used.
Costs $8 for all day entry. Buy your tickets outside or onboard the Berkeley or onboard the Star of India.
There is one Maritime shop, which is on the Berkeley.
The Surprise (from "Master and Commander: the Far Side of the World") is a replica of an 18th century British warship.
This replica was launched in 1970 as the HMS Rose and was used as a sail training vessel. There were extensive modifications for the film.
This is the world's oldest iron hull sailing ship built in 1863. Her decks and cabins are supposedly haunted by the ghosts of several unfortunate sailors.
John Campbell fell 100 feet from the rigging in 1884. Visitors might feel his cold hand when standing near the mast from which he fell.
There is an aroma of fresh bread near the galley and a cold spot near the chain locker where a crewman was crushed to death.
The ships, Star of India, and the Surprise (from "Master and Commander") are berthed right next to the cruise ship port.
We met our friends, Shirley and Sonny, and went to see the ships.
In the photo, the Surprise is on the lfet and the Star of India is on the right.
San Diego Maritime Museum
The San Diego Maritime Museum was founded in 1948. Prior to this official beginning, committee members had been involved with the Maritime Research Society, a branch of the Zoological Society. By 1958 the group broke away and became completely responsible for managing the Star.
The museum expanded in 1973 with the acquisition of the ferryboat Berkeley and the steam yacht Medea. After six decades of carrying passengers across San Francisco Bay, the Berkeley came to rest at the San Diego waterfront acting as headquarters for the museum, housing workshops, offices, the maritime library and the gift shop.
The Star is the oldest active ship in the world ('active' meaning she's ready for sail in a short time - unlike some older ships that might have to take a very long time to get ready to 'sail' in gentle breezes only).
In 1927 the Star of India was donated to a group of San Diego historians who had a dream of restoring the sailing ship. Despite their good intentions, they lacked the money to adequately maintain the Star. It was not until 1957, when Captain Alan Villiers, a famous skipper and author, came to San Diego on a tour and saw the dilapidation of the old ship, that things began to change. Villiers so reprimanded the city for their lack of responsibility that people began to donate money, even if only to relieve the burden on their consciences. By 1976 the ship's restoration was complete and she was sailing off the coast near San Diego.
One of my favorite things I did in San Diego was visit the, 1863 Bark, The Star of India and the other ships at the Maritime Museum. There is also a 1904 yacht and an 1898 ferryboat.
On board the ships there is a floating museum. One exhibit contained works of art and tiny ships built in miniature. Another exhibit was about the tuna fishery that had exhisted in San Diego. My favorite part was the pirate museum in the hull of the Star of India.
This Museum consist of 6 restored ships in the Harbor. They range from the ship used to film the recent film " Master and commander: the far side of the world" to ferry boats
Admission to the museum includes touring most of the larger ships. Here are just a few photos from the Star of India tour.
It was build in 1863 on the man islan. Now is part of the Maritime Museum.
Admission is $12 adults and $8, 5 years old and under are free
San Diego Maritime Museum with the famous 'Star of India' as their flagship, but also other magnificent boats as Berkeley, Medea and Pilot.