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San Diego Folk Heritage Presents: 23rd Annual Sea Chantey Festival

On Sunday, July 26th at 11 a.m., San Diego Folk Heritage invites you to an afternoon aboard the Star of India, the world’s oldest active sailing ship, for a fun and educational celebration of sea songs. The 23rd Annual Sea Chantey Festival is an all ages event, included with the price of San Diego Maritime Museum admission ($8-16). Tickets can be purchased on-site (1492 North Harbor Drive - San Diego, CA 92101) or online.

Join our tradition of exploring and honoring this fascinating segment of musical tradition, from the chanteys that sailors used to coordinate their work to the songs they would use to pass their off-watch time.

Music Schedule:
11:00 am - The Jackstraws
11:45 am - Pint & Dale
12:30 pm - Jeff Pecarek
1:00 pm - Spanaway Bay
1:45 pm - Jeff Pecarek
2:15 pm - Phinned Ridge Rumrunners
3:00 pm - Broadside & the Handsome Cabin Boys
3:45 pm - Jeff Pecarek
4:10 pm - Finale: All Hands on Deck

About the Star of India: She began her life on the stocks at Ramsey Shipyard in the Isle of Man in 1863 under the name Euterpe, after the Greek muse of music and poetry. Euterpe was a full-rigged ship and would remain so until 1901, when the Alaska Packers Association rigged her down to a barque. She began her sailing life with two near-disastrous voyages to India. Shortly afterward, her first captain died on board and was buried at sea. After such a hard luck beginning, she settled down and made four voyages to India as a cargo ship. In 1871 she was purchased by the Shaw Savill line of London and embarked on a quarter century of hauling emigrants to New Zealand, sometimes also touching Australia, California and Chile. She made 21 circumnavigations in this service, some lasting up to a year. It was rugged voyaging, with the little iron ship battling through terrific gales, "laboring and rolling in a most distressing manner," according to her log. Life aboard was especially hard on the emigrants cooped up in her 'tween deck, fed a diet of hardtack and salt junk, subject to mal-de-mer and a host of other ills. It is astonishing that their death rate was so low. They were a tough lot, however, drawn from the working classes of England, Ireland and Scotland, and most went on to prosper in New Zealand.

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