Monday, August 10, 2009
SAN DIEGO The historic ship Star of India will be towed from its berth at the Maritime Museum of San Diego to the South Bay next week for maintenance, it was announced today.
The ship will be towed from the Embarcadero to a dry dock at BAE Systems on Aug. 18.
According to the Maritime Museum, 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.
Museum officials said they expect the repairs to cost $225,000.
"Because of this, the Star will not be able to go on her annual sail this November as we cannot incur all these costs in one fiscal year," according to a Maritime Museum statement.
The iron hull of the Star of India, billed as the world's oldest active ship, was laid in 1863 at a shipyard in the Isle of Man. The ship was first named the Euterpe, but was later dubbed the Star of India in 1906 when it hauled canned salmon from Alaska.
The Star of India was laid up in San Diego in 1923 and not fully restored until 1976.