Star of India sets sail for 150th anniversary fundraising gala
Gala fund for Cabrillo ship 'San Salvador'
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SAN DIEGO - The oldest sailing ship in the world set sail on the San Diego harbor Saturday. They rolled out the red carpet, with the star attraction being the Star of India.
"It's an icon of San Diego, it really is," said Ken Andersen, vice chair of the board of trustees for the San Diego Maritime Museum.
Andersen gave 10News a tour of the historic ship.
"You really have to come and see it," he said. "Everything that the Maritime Museum has is a treasure."
The 205-foot, three-mast tall ship was built on the Isle of Man in 1863. It is one of the early wrought iron ships constructed and because its hull resists corrosion, the Star of India has been able to make 21 trips around the world and has continued to survive.
"It's pretty much original the way that she was built," said Andersen.
Now the Star of India, the oldest, actively sailed ship in the world was host to a gala to celebrate its 150th anniversary and help raise funds to educate San Diego youth about the region's rich maritime history.
David MacVean is the chairman of the board.
"Most of us one way or another came to San Diego on ships … came to this country on boats," he said.
MacVean says the money raised at Saturday night's gala will go to another historical ship being rebuilt at Spanish Landing.
"The San Salvador is Cabrillo's ship that he discovered San Diego bay in … in 1542. It's a $6 million project, and we're working hard to launch her next summer. And we'll sail her for 50 years, with school kids from the area," said MacVean.
Since it is going to be around for quite some time, Andersen says the Star of India is always in need of volunteers and support.
"There's not very many places where you can go aboard a ship like this anymore … anywhere in the world," he said. "We're very fortunate to have her here in our backyard."
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