The Star of India has a rich history and is one of the main treasures of the San Diego Maritime Museum. Aside from providing a versatile space for parties and events, she has become a must-see landmark for those staying in a downtown San Diego hotel like the Pacific Inn. Here are more fun and informative facts about the Star of India:
1. The 1863 Star of India is the oldest ship worldwide that still sails on a regular basis. Unlike most restored ships, her equipment, hull and cabins are almost 100 percent original.
2. In 1926, San Diego’s Zoological Society purchased the Star of India. They planned to use it as the focal point of an aquarium and museum they were developing. When War World II and the Great Depression occurred, it led the society to halt their plans. Not until 1957 did restoration plans commence. Progress was very slow, but the Star of India was finally restored and put to sea once more in 1976.
3. The vessel is kept completely seaworthy by the Maritime Museum of San Diego. Along with the many other vessels at this museum, the Star of India ships out at least once a year. The Star of India hosts dozens of educational school tours for well over 6,000 kids every year. The museum also offers a Living History Program where students are transported back in time and involved in history-themed activities during overnight visits on the vessel.
4. The Star of India has made an appearance in a few television shows including Dirty Jobs, Ghost Hunters, Great Ships, and Haunted History. Additionally, the 2013 San Diego Comic Con used the Star of India to advertise and promote Ubisoft’s new video game called Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.
When you come to San Diego, book your stay at the Pacific Inn & Suites downtown to enjoy everything the city has to offer. Whether you tour the Maritime Museum ships, stroll through Balboa Park, or shop around in Seaport Village, you won’t be far from your comfortable and affordable hotel room. Go online to check for rates and availability, or call a knowledgeable Reservation Manager at 1-800-571-2933 to make your reservation today.