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 Post subject: STAR of INDIA
PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2013 9:25 pm 

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OT, but related to historic preservation, maritime.

The world's oldest operational merchant ship, the bark STAR of INDIA, is 150 years old this month. To celebrate, the Maritime Museum of San Diego, will take her out to sea and sail her off the coast of San Diego this Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Typically, the wind direction will prevent her from sailing out of the harbor, so she will be towed by a tug. Exactly where she sails once she is out to sea will depend on wind speeds and direction. Typical wind direction will allow her to sail back into the harbor to near her berth.


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 Post subject: Re: STAR of INDIA
PostPosted: Fri Nov 08, 2013 4:47 pm 

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Dang. Somebody take video!

On a related note, the Charles W. Morgan is supposed to sail the East Coast next year:
http://www.whalingmuseum.org/programs/charles-w-morgan

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 Post subject: Re: STAR of INDIA
PostPosted: Sun Nov 10, 2013 12:20 am 

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Becky Morgan wrote:
On a related note, the Charles W. Morgan is supposed to sail the East Coast next year:
http://www.whalingmuseum.org/programs/charles-w-morgan


That is correct. Mystic Seaport owns the whaleship Charles W. Morgan and will be sailing her to various ports in New England during the summer of 2014. Visit mysticseaport.org for more information. The Morgan is the nation's oldest merchant vessel afloat and was built in 1841.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 10, 2013 11:38 am 

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Mount Royal wrote:
Becky Morgan wrote:
On a related note, the Charles W. Morgan is supposed to sail the East Coast next year:
http://www.whalingmuseum.org/programs/charles-w-morgan


That is correct. Mystic Seaport owns the whaleship Charles W. Morgan and will be sailing her to various ports in New England during the summer of 2014. Visit mysticseaport.org for more information. The Morgan is the nation's oldest merchant vessel afloat and was built in 1841.


My wife and I visited Mystic Seaport last month and went aboard the "Morgan". When we were there the project team was getting ready to step (set up) the masts and begin rigging the ship. Restoration of a 19th century wooden ship is on the same order as bringing a main line steam locomotive back to operation, only in wood....a gigantic job requiring tens of thousands of man-hours.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 10, 2013 8:31 pm 

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Today's San Diego paper had an article about the sailing of the STAR. A great quote from the captain, that can apply to steam locomotives also: “With museum ships you can choose to use them or not,” said Rick Goben, captain of the historic barque on its Saturday, Sunday and Monday sails. “If you preserve the objects like the ship and you don’t preserve the knowledge of how to sail the ship, you’ve only done half the job.”

Here's a link to the article, with some photos: http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/nov ... il-ramsey/

Monday's and Tuesday's papers may have more.

Here's a link to a local TV story, with video from one of the past sailings:http://www.cbs8.com/story/23917234/star-of-india-celebrating-150-years


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