Star of India
Star of India
Star of India
(at the Maritime Museum of San Diego)
1492 North Harbor Drive
San Diego, California

http://www.sdmaritime.org

Related Link: Weird California: Star of India
Martime Museum sign Maritime Museum
ships of the Maritime Museum
The iron-hulled merchantman Star of India was launched on November 14, 1863, from the town of Ramsey, Isle of Man (source: onboard "Bark* Star of India" plaque; the island is between Northern Ireland and England). The ship was originally called the Euterpe (yoo-'TER-pē) after a Greek Muse, who later became known to the Romans as Muse of the flute. The ship is 205 feet long along its waterline (source: bark plaque), with an overall length of 212 feet (source: Maritime Museum brochure). *"Bark" refers to a three-, four-, or five-masted sailing ship.
sail plan
"Sail Plan of the Bark
Star of India"
Its first captain died on board after only two trips to India (source: museum brochure). Later, the ship was used to transport English settlers to New Zealand. In 1898, it became a salmon fishing ship under American ownership, and a few years afterward it was renamed the Star of India.

The Star of India was purchased by a group of San Diego citizens in 1926 and was eventually restored so that it could sail again in 1976. It receives regular maintenance and is taken out for a sail at least once a year.

The ship's hull (outside frame) and related structures are more than 100 years old. According to an onboard "Construction Area" sign, the douglas fir deck is rebuilt periodically; the last time this was done was in 1991.
ghost The most memorable ghost story associated with the Star of India involves a teenage stowaway John Campbell who, in the summer of 1884, fell from one of the masts and died three days later without regaining consciousness. It is said he enjoyed playing tag with his fellow mates and still plays the game with tourists.

ghost On the 1898 steam ferryboat Berkeley, which comes from San Francisco and is also part of the Maritime Museum, there have been sightings of a man from the early 1900s wearing a fedora, a type of felt hat with the crown creased from front to back. The identity of the man is not certain, though some say it is someone who died on the ship from a nitroglycerin blast (nitroglycerin was used to make dynamite sticks for mining).
landmark sign
California Registered Historical
Landmark No. 1030
Photos copyright © July 2009 Kat Avila / Time of Day: afternoon / Cameras: Canon SD1000, Canon SD780 IS / Notes: There are no photos of the steam ferryboat Berkeley as my camera was irreparably damaged when I dropped it onto the steel floor of the Maritime Museum's Russian submarine.
Star of India
bow of ship
bow of ship
figurehead
figurehead
port side
port side
sail masts
sail masts
stern of ship
stern of ship
dining salon
dining salon
ceiling lighting
ceiling lighting
etched glass door pane
etched-glass door pane
window pane
window pane
passenger cabin
passenger cabin
main deck exhibit
main deck exhibit
special exhibit deck
special exhibit deck
lifebuoy
life buoy
steering wheel
steering wheel
Euterpe bell
Euterpe bell


H.M.S. Surprise (a replica of an 18th-century Royal Navy Frigate)
The replica, purchased from 20th Century Fox, was used in the filming of the 2003 movie Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. At the 76th Academy Awards in 2004, the movie won an award for "Best Cinematography" and a second one for "Sound Effects Editing." To date, the ship is not seaworthy yet.
movie poster
Master and Commander:
The Far Side of the World

movie poster
museum staff
Wanna go sailing?
H.M.S. Surprise
H.M.S. Surprise
(with Russian sub b-39
parked behind it)
H.M.S. Surprise
bow of ship
sail masts
sail masts
HMS Surprise & Berkeley
(L. to R.) Russian sub b-39,
H.M.S. Surprise, and
steam ferry Berkeley
figurehead
figurehead
steering wheel
main and poop decks
steering wheel
double-wheel steering wheel
exhibit deck
exhibit deck
lantern and sleeping cots
lantern and sleeping cots
weapons
rifles and pickhead axes
cannon
cannon and carriage


Russian submarine, Project 641/Foxtrot class, mfr. no. b-39, diesel-electric attack submarine, "Cold War warrior"
This is the same class and type of submarine on display at the R.M.S. Queen Mary in Long Beach, California.
view from Star of India
starboard side
(view from Star of India)
view from Star of India
starboard side
(view from Star of India)
view from H.M.S. Surprise
bow of submarine
(view from H.M.S. Surprise)
view from walkway
port side
(view from walkway)
sub entrance
entrance
torpedo room
torpedo room
torpedo room
torpedo room
valves hall door
door