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9 . Star of India

Take a trip back in seafaring time and visit the Star of India, a full-rigged merchant ship docked at San Diego Bay near the B Street Pier, along North Harbor Drive. The museum ship has been gracing the San Diego skyline since 1926. When you step aboard, you'll become a part of San Diego's maritime heritage and the past eras of sailing ships, swashbucklers, and pirates. View nautical instruments and other paraphernalia and learn about the ship's history.

Built in 1863 on the Isle of Man, the Star of India is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's oldest active sailing ship and was named a National Historic Landmark in 1966. The Star of India has sailed around the world 21 times and in its earliest years was a merchant ship in the jute trade sailing between Great Britain, New Zealand, and England. It then sailed between Alaska and California hauling salmon.

The Star of India is one of five ships that are part of the San Diego Maritime Museum. At least once a year, a volunteer crew from the museum takes the ship out for a day's sailing. You can view the Star of India and the museum as part of a group tour. Reservations are required. You can make reservations for group tours and special family packages online.

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