Star of India’s 150th Anniversary Gala

By on May 29, 2013

The Maritime Museum of San Diego will host Once Upon a Star ― the Star of India’s 150th Anniversary Gala Benefiting the San Salvador Project. These San Diego charity events, presented by Cymer this year, takes place on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

For the first time ever, the iconic Star of India will be moored out in San Diego Bay, aglow in lights, flowing with music and adorned in décor from the Star of India’s exotic ports of call. Guests will be ferried out to the ship to savor three decks of lavish cuisine, spirits and entertainment.

“We are extremely honored to be celebrating this milestone in our great city’s history, out on the water and under the stars,” said Ray Ashley, Ph.D., President and CEO of the Maritime Museum of San Diego. “This is a rare moment in time that future generations of San Diegans will hear about from their families and friends.” Sure to be San Diego’s most talked about charitable gathering of 2013, sponsorships and tickets are now available.

“The eyes of our region will be squarely fixed on this historical crown jewel of San Diego’s waterfront for one extraordinary fall evening and we will not disappoint,” said honorary gala co-chairs Stephen and Marjorie Cushman, community leaders, and William and Kathryn Scripps, philanthropists. Proceeds from the gala will be used to complete the San Salvador Project, currently under construction at San Diego’s Spanish Landing Park. The Maritime Museum of San Diego is building a working replica of the ship that carried Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo to California in 1542.

For more information about the Star of India’s 150th Anniversary Gala, contact Christine Berggren at, visit the Maritime Museum of San Diego website at or call 619-234-9153 ext. 141.

About the Star of India

Star of India was built in 1863 at Ramsey in the Isle of Man as Euterpe, a full-rigged iron ship. After a full career sailing from Great Britain to India and New Zealand, it became a salmon hauler on the Alaska to California route. Retired in 1926, the Star of India was not fully restored until 1975–76 and is now a seaworthy museum ship home-ported at the Maritime Museum of San Diego. It is the world’s oldest active sailing ship. The ship is both a California Historical Landmark and United States National Historic Landmark.

About the Maritime Museum of San Diego:

The Maritime Museum of San Diego enjoys a worldwide reputation for excellence in restoring, maintaining and operating historic vessels. The museum has one of the world’s finest collections of historic ships and is located in downtown San Diego at 1492 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101. For more information visit:

About Jacqueline Maddison

Jacqueline Maddison is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Rancho Santa Fe Magazine. She believes in shining light on the best of the best in life. She welcomes you into the world of the ultimate luxury lifestyle.

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