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Seaworthy in San Diego

By Linda Tancs

American author George William Curtis once said, “It is not the ship so much as the skillful sailing that assures the prosperous voyage.”  That could certainly be said of the Star of India, a wood-and-iron trader constructed in 1863 as the Euterpe.  Now a museum piece at San Diego’s Maritime Museum, the masted beauty was made seaworthy again in 1976 after years of decay and holds the Guinness World Records distinction as the oldest active sailing ship.  The downtown waterside museum also boasts a replica of a British frigate as well as a submarine, steam ferry and steam-powered yacht.  All aboard!


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