Star of India was launched as the full rigged ship "Euterpe"
at Ramsey, Isle of Mann on November 14, 1863 just days before President
Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous speech, at Gettysburg where he
said "Four score and seven years ago . . . ".
In her early years Euterpe plied the trade routes between England and
Asia carrying cargos of silks & spices. The 1870's found her transporting
emigrants from England to a new life in New Zealand making 21 circumnavigtations
before being sold to new American owners. In 1902 she was re-rigged
as a "barque", re-named Star of India, and began sailing out
of Oakland, California to the Bering Sea, salmon fishing for the Alaska
Packers until her retirement in 1923. A determined group of San Diegans
purchased her in 1926 for use as a waterfront aquarium but she lay neglected
until a 1957 visit by Captain Alan Villiers sparked new interest. By
1976 she was once again restored to her former glory and able to go
to sea in honor of the nations bicentennial. Today she is sailed by
a dedicated crew of volunteers who also maintain her and carry on the
traditions of the sea.
Bob Ross -- Volunteer Crew Member