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Cool Maritime Fact: San Diego’s ‘The Star Of India’ – The World’s oldest active ship

In India on August 18, 2009 at 9:07 pm

The ‘Star Of India’ is the world’s oldest active ship. Originally called The Euterpe, it was built in the town of Ramsey on the Isle of Mann located in the Irish Sea, off the northwest coast of Britain in 1863. The Euterpe is a full-rigged, iron-hulled windjammer vessel, which served Great Britain well making numerous trips to India hauling jute and New Zealand transporting passengers. In 1906 the name of the Euterpe was changed to the Star of India to match the other vessels in the Alaska Packer Fleet to whom it was sold in 1901. The Star of India is hauled out of the water every 10 years to undergo repairs to keep the ship in seaworthy condition and to meet U.S. Coast Guard requirements.

Photo credit: San Diego 6

Photo credit: San Diego 6

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