America has joined in on the fun! Spend the day aboard the Official State Tall Ship – Californian or the famous yacht America as we celebrate Star of India’s 150th birthday.
The worlds oldest active ship, Star of India, is celebrating her 150th birthday on November 9, 10 & 11, 2013 and setting sail.
In honor of this memorable occasion, the Californian & America will be sailing with the Star of India out of San Diego Bay and into the ocean. Companion sail tickets are available.
$125 per person for museum members and $150 for non members. Ticket prices include a light brunch and lunch buffet, beverages included plus open bar serving beer and wine. NOW
Just added 11/4 AMERICA – This magnificent sailing vessel is a replica of the 139-foot yacht (AMERICA) that won the historic, Royal Yacht Squadron’s “100 Guinea Cup” race around the Isle of Wight in 1851. The trophy was donated to the New York Yacht Club to be held as a challenge trophy, which came to be known as the America’s Cup.
The Star of India is the world’s oldest active ship. She was built at Ramsey shipyard on the Isle of Man and launched as the Euterpe in 1863. She began her working life as a cargo ship in the India trade and was nearly lost on her first two voyages surviving a mutiny, collision, cyclone and the death of her captain. In 1871 she embarked on a quarter century of hauling emigrants to New Zealand. She circumnavigated the globe 21 times during this service. She was sold to American owners in 1898 and renamed the Star of India in 1906.
By 1923 steam power had replaced sails on merchant ships and the Star of India was laid up in Oakland. A group of San Diegans purchased the ship and had her towed to San Diego in 1927. Depression and war delayed the beginning of her restoration until the late 1950s. In 1976, with her restoration complete, she sailed on San Diego Bay for the first time in 50 years. The Star of India is now the pride of the Maritime museum of San Diego’s fleet of historic ships. She is maintained by a dedicated group of volunteers and skilled craftsman.