First Full Day in San Diego

The first full day in San Diego was spent at the Maritime Museum of San Diego. Anyone who loves ships can happily spend a whole day there going through the ships and looking at the exhibits.

The centerpiece of the museum’s collection is the Star of India (built as Euterpe in 1863). She has a connection to Hawai‘i. Like Falls of Clyde, she once flew the Hawaiian flag. (See Under the Hawaiian Flag.)

Star of India

(Sorry, the tip of the jibboom is being cropped off by the blog software.)

She’s a lovely ship and is well-cared for by her crew.

The bulkhead behind the chain locker:

bulkhead Star of India

I wish FOC’s bulkheads were in such good condition.

The ship’s original official number and tonnage:

Star official number tons

The boatswain’s locker:

bosun's locker

Cool pump machinery on the weather deck, aft of the main mast:

pump Star of India

The salon:

salon Star of India

Interesting to note, Star of India‘s salon has a similar look and feel to FOC’s. Before FOC’s salon was stripped of items while the ship was being prepped to be scuttled at sea, that is.

The skylight:

skylight Star of India

It’s a relief to see that I’m not the only one dealing with water-related issues:

leak bucket

water on poop deck

Chafing gear on mooring line:

chafing gear Star of India

For Patrick O’Brian and Master and Commander movie fans, there is the Surprise (ex-Rose):

Surprise bow detail

stern detail Surprise


Surprise figurehead

line Surprise

wheel Surprise

My friend and I originally wanted to sail on the Californian, but decided to continue looking at the ships instead.

Californian arriving back at the pier:


Aloft, furling sails:

Californian furling sail

The museum’s headquarters are on board the Berkeley:


A new location means new birds to photograph.

Here is a rather angry looking pigeon sitting on the B-39 Russian submarine:

angry pigeon

A juvenile gull yawning:

juvenile gull

Other San Diego Bay sights…

Carnival Spirit leaving:

Carnival Spirit

The aircraft carrier USS Midway:

USS Midway

A more industrial shot of a crane on a barge:

crane on barge

I kept looking for fish, but was disappointed. I guess I’m spoiled by the clarity of the water and the variety of fish in Honolulu Harbor.

All in all, a very lovely day!

sunset through rigging

view over bay

A special mahalo to Brad H. and Dr. Ray Ashley.


2 comments on “First Full Day in San Diego

  1. Buck says:

    Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs did a segment on board Star of India but they didn’t make it to the salon. Thanks for showing it off!

    • weeboopiper says:

      Mike Rowe’s name came up when we were looking at the bowsprit. Maybe he’d like to come out to Hawaii (again) and have a go at working on FOC?

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