The Star of India Model Ship commemorates the history and memory of a ship which, despite rough beginnings, has sailed the ocean blue for well over 100 years and continues to do so up to present day. Depicting the Star of India as she appears today, this model features a black coating with white stripes. It is made from high-quality woods including cherry, birch, maple, and rosewood. This eye-catching model displays quality craftsmanship that will withstand the test of time. With its intricate details, the Star of India Model Ship can be enjoyed from the moment it arrives in your home.
- This is NOT a Kit – Comes Fully Assembled
- Handcrafted by Skilled Artisans
- Built Using High Quality Materials
- Detailed Sails and Sail-Rigging for Historic Authenticity
- Includes Wooden Base with metal nameplate
- Built with Extensive Use of Resources to Ensure Historical Accuracy
A Brief History of the Star of India
The Star of India, built in 1863, had a rough beginning. On her first journey, a collision with a Spanish brig off the coast of Wales carried away the jib-boom and damaged other rigging. The crew became mutinous, and she returned to Anglesey for repair. On the second voyage, Euterpe was forced to cut away her masts in a gale in the Bay of Bengal and limped to Trincomalee and Calcutta for repair.
She was sold multiple times throughout the years until being bought, in 1901, by the Alaska Packers Association of San Francisco. She began carrying fishermen, cannery workers, coal, and canning supplies from California to the Bering Sea, returning with holds full of canned salmon. In 1906, the Association changed her name to the Star of India. She was laid up in 1923 after 22 Alaskan voyages.
In 1926, Star of India was sold to the Zoological Society of San Diego to be the centerpiece of a museum and aquarium. The Great Depression and World War II caused that plan to be canceled, and it was not until 1976 that she finally put to sea again. She currently houses exhibits for the Maritime Museum of San Diego.
The Star of India is the 4th oldest ship afloat in the United States and is the 2nd oldest ship in the entire world that still sails regularly. Her hull, cabins and equipment are nearly all original.
- Overall Length: 15 Inches
- Overall Width: 3 Inches
- Overall Height: 13 Inches
- Overall Scale: 1:240