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Monday, April 19, 2010

BEAUTIFUL STAR OF INDIA

Maybe you remember that I bought a fossil on the boardwalk in the harbor of San Diego?
The real reason for going there was to take some pics of


a big sail ship "The Star of India."I don't know anything about ships, but I like to look at the big sails and everything breathes history. It is also a Maritime museum



It hardly ever happens when I look up, but in taking this pic, I got slightly dizzy - sooo high!
The Star of India is the oldest  ship that "still sails regularly and is the oldest iron hulled merchant ship still floating." 


This is ship was built in 1863 and called Euterpe. She first sailed from England to India.
(hard to take pics during the day without anyone around!)


In 1900 this ship was registered to the USA, and was used for catching and canning salmon. 


In 1906 the Euterpe had her name changed to Star of India. and stayed in business till 1923. By then steam ships had taken over. It's me standing in front



A last look at the masts with hubby sitting in front on the boardwalk.

* The relevant info. comes from Wikipedia.

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

so happy to be buzzing about, if only ever so falteringly...your images, of sea and ship, have helped lift my spirits.

thank you for seeking me out in my absence. my sil committed suicide...and i found her...thus, my deep depression and withdrawal... taking a bit of time off~in prayer. miss you too.
ms muse

Dina said...

How exciting, a tall ship! And what a name, The Star of India! You were so lucky to be so close to her.

In the late 90s I got to crew on a tall ship on a 4-day cruise along the coast of Maine. One of the greatest adventures of my life!

Thank you for these pictures.

jeannette said...

Anonymous,
I understand -it will take a while, but remember, a person chooses for this -it is rage turning toward self, but it leaves the people who are close to pick up the unfinished business. Even if sil was a believer -our faith does not make us untouchable - we need to dedicate our lives daily to Him. Keep you in prayer, friend! Time will heal wounds -this too will pass! Hugs:)

Dina,
Yes, I am every so thankful that I have so many beautiful things around me in driving distance!!
Hope you'll do a/more posts on your adventures on the tall ship.

Barry said...

I love those old windjammers. And this is an especially beautiful example. It's hard to imagine a ship from that era still sailing the seas.

VioletSky said...

There is something enduringly romantic about these tall ships. Especially one with a name like Star of India - it just sets the imagination rolling!
I am reminded after reading this that there were to be tall ships coming into our harbour, but now can't find anything about it. Hope I haven't missed it.

matthew houskeeper said...

I've always liked the Star Of India. I read somewhere that they were doing a lot of work to her this past year.
The sails "regularly" comment in Wikipedia is a little misleading. She goes out once or twice a year to maintain her "still sailing" status.
Nice photos! I know exactly what you mean about how hard it is to take photos when people are around.

Zuzana said...

Very interesting. I love sailing ships. In my city, there are often large sailing ships anchored and many shows as well.,)
Beautiful images.;))
xoxo

knitwit said...

It's funny, I know so little about ships, and the 3 times I sailed the Atlantic I was horribly seasick. But pictures like this, novels about sailing, and even that Sting album that was all about the sea--I can't get enough of those things! It must symbolize freedom or escape for me. Or maybe I'm just nostalgic for my 4th grade school trip to Greenwich to see the Cutty Sark!

Clytie said...

What a beautiful ship. I especially love that second photo - with all the intersecting and bisecting ropes and lines. Very cool!

Stephanie V said...

Tall ships are so wonderful to see up close. You can really appreciate then the dangers that always face sailors on the high seas. Those masts are tall!
Not that I would ever be a sailor. The idea of all that rocking - even on a good day.
The name change was a very happy one. The old name just didn't do justice to the ship's beauty and function.

DawnTreader said...

Agreeing with knitwit's comment above: I don't really like to be aboard because I get seasick, but I like looking at ships like these (and even my blog signature is the name of a literary ship!)

jeannette said...

Barry,
I'm really glad they keep this in sailing condition -it's beautiful and impressive to look at. I can't imagine how special it must be for people who have more knowledge about large sail
ships!

Sanna,
Yes, you are so right...something grand and mysterious. But also because that era has gone by -no telling how they later will view some of the things we're using!

Zuzanna,
Oh how interesting! Hope you'll show some pics about these large ships sometime on your blog:) Hope you have a good week and not too much ash-inhalation:( I'm thinking about Europe daily now!

Knitwit,
You're right -I think it does spark our imagination about adventure and freedom!

Feel sorry for you. It's not very pleasant! I only was seasick once (when we were on a big steam ship coming from Indonesia to Holland, there by France -Gulf of Biskay- half of the ship was seasick then!

Clytie,
You're bringing up an interesting aspect, Clytie that I haven't thought of before - what incredible skill and innovation it must have been to build the ship!!

Stephanie,
When I read the first name I first thought that it was a typo, lol!
No, I wouldn't wanna be a sailor on such a gigantic sailing ship either -my sense is that it's HARD work!
But that rocking, you get so used to it, that after my trip on a big ocean liner for 3 weeks (see comment to Knitwit) I really missed it and had that feeling of rocking for several months.

Maria said...

Jeannette, your sailing boat is a little bit bigger than my little Danube fishing boat ;)
Great photos!
Have a nice week!

Reader Wil said...

Thanks for this wonderful post! I love tall ships. My father was a sailor, though on a modern ship of course, but we all loved those old ships. My husband also loved the tall ships. Your blog is very interesting!It's a pity I haven't been visiting so much as I wanted, but I have had a very hectic time these past seven months and will be very busy for a few more months.

Reader Wil said...

About Schiphol: Some flights have been scheduled, others still cancelled. Anyway I am not going on a holiday, but my daughter is coming next month.

Pam said...

The Stat of India is a gorgeous sailing ship. It must have been very exciting to see her.

jeannette said...

Maria,
True (you're funy!), but the fishing boat is YOURS, I can't say the same about the Star of India:)

Reader Wil,
Yes, I forgot that your father was a sailor! Did you ever see him in action?
Don't feel bad about it Wil, I am struggling myself to keep up with posts and getting to as many readers as I can, because I'm painting more and there's another grand child on the way!

Hope that everything is back on schedule when your daughter comes! I heard that today (Thursday) some planes were flying.

Pam,
Yes, it is a very impressive and beautiful sail ship. Whenever we go to San Diego we drive by the harbor and see her (on our way to our favorite coffee shop there).

jeannette said...

OOPS, SORRY DAWN TREADER AND MATTHEW -
here are your replies!

Monika,
Being seasick is no fun! Wonder if it has to do with our sense of balance (do you know?)? Who's the author of where Dawn Treader is mentioned in?

Matthew,
Yes, I already suspected that it was not that regularly that this ship is sailing - I think 1 short trip a year? Not too long ago it was gone from the harbor for a few months for necessary upkeep.A smaller sail ship was there instead (have forgotten the name) and also an ancient submarine for the tourists to look at.

DawnTreader said...

Jeannette, yes, tendencies to get dizzy or seasick are related to disturbance in the balance system of the inner ear. The body, inner ear, and eyes send different signals to the brain, resulting in confusion.

My blog signature is from The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis. This is stated both in the header and in my profile and yet people keep asking... ;)

jeannette said...

Monika,
Maybe people keep asking because Narnia of C.S. Lewis is widely known because of the movie, but not the rest of his books.