Star of India (San Diego)

Ships have played a key role in history’s great explorations. People have used ships for travel, discovery, invasion, and seeking new possibilities.


Star of India (ship), parked by the San Diego bay, is the world’s oldest active sailing ship.


She began her life on the stocks at Ramsey Shipyard in the Isle of Man in 1863. Iron ships were experiments of sorts then, when most vessels were built of wood.



In 1871 she was purchased by the Shaw Savill line of London and embarked on a quarter century of hauling emigrants to New Zealand, also Australia, California, and Chile. She made 21 circumnavigations in this service; retired in 1926.


Rommel has the most amazing photos of the beautiful city, beach, zoo, and garden, it will blow you away.  Pretty risky to introduce Rommel’s San Diego post when I’m going to do a series of posts about the city 😉


50 thoughts on “Star of India (San Diego)

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  2. Great shots! I am particularly taken by the second one. The sails and the lines and your angle convey such grandeur! Just think of all the personal journeys that happened in that ship.


    • I’m encouraged by your comment, Rob. There were a couple of limitations of photography the ship,one is the size of the ship, the other is finding a good spot was challenging because it’s parked right by a busy street 🙂
      Thank you for stopping by!


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