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Last updated:
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San Diego, CA

"Railroad Friendly**"

The Star of India

Sanction Number: 852

10Km (6.2 miles) and 5Km (3.1 miles)

Sponsor: San Diego County Rockhoppers - AVA 392/CA 23

For additional information call Steve d'Adolf at (858) 451-2130,
or EMail:

Start Location:
Holiday Inn On The Bay
1355 North Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA
(3 blocks from the Amtrak Santa Fe Train/Coaster/Trolley Station)

Identify yourself as a walker at the Bellman/Consierge desk on the left side of the lobby and ask for the walking box.

This is an honor-system, self-serve activity. Thank you for your cooperation.

Note: The walk box contains the materials for four (4) walks that start at this location.

Start/Stop Times:
This year-round event can be walked daily.

Although this facility is open 24 hours daily, we request that you walk from DAWN TO DUSK only.

Available via parking meters on Harbor Drive, and at some nearby parking lots.

**Railway Access:
The Amtrak Santa Fe Train/Coaster/Trolley Station is only a short 3 blocks away.

Dogs are allowed, on a leash, with clean-up. However, it is probably not a good idea to take a dog along through the busy and crowded areas of the Gaslamp Quarter and Seaport Village.

Trail Description:
The trail starts at the Holiday Inn Hotel, goes along the San Diego Waterfront to the east end of the airport runway, then through Balboa Park, around Petco Park the home of the San Diego Padres, through the Gaslamp Quarter, up over the Convention Center, through Seaport Village, past the USS Midway Museum, the cruise ship docks, past the Star Of India sailing ship, and back to the Holiday Inn.

The walk is rated 2 due to the hill when going from the waterfront to Balboa Park.

This walk qualifies for Museum, Veteran Memorial, and Railroad Heritage credit.

Everyone is welcome to participate, and the events are free. For those that wish to receive IVV credit, the fee is $3.00.

You may walk twice in the same day on the same event for the same fee.

These events count for the earning of IVV Achievement Awards.

As with all events, there will be no refunds to those not completing the event.

Start Card:
There is no pre-registration, and everyone must obtain a start card and pay the appropriate fee if credit is desired. All start cards must be returned at the completion of the event.

Upon your return, stamp your books if credit is desired.

Remember, only one EVENT CREDIT for the first half year, and one event credit for the second half year may be entered in the event book for each event. You may participate for DISTANCE CREDIT without limit.

IVV credit is $3.00, others free.

Have a pen or pencil to use at the self-checkpoint.

There are numerous restaurants along the route, in all price ranges.

Strollers and wheelchairs will be difficult on the steep block at the convention center, and on the incline from the waterfront to Balboa Park.

Water and rest rooms are available along the route.

Participants do so at their own risk. Every reasonable effort will be made by the sponsors to make the events safe and enjoyable for all. However, the sponsors, organizers, and the American Volkssport Association cannot be held responsible for any lost or stolen articles, accident, or injury of any kind at any time.

Special Thanks:
Special thanks to the administrative staff of the Holiday Inn On The Bay for their cooperation in making this year-round walk possible.

The hotel is centrally located, and an excellent choice for people who want to stay near, and visit the San Diego Downtown/Waterfront area.

The Star of India Sailing Ship

The Star of India is the world's oldest active ship. She began her life on the stocks at Ramsey Shipyard in the Isle of Man in 1863. Iron ships were experiments of sorts then, with most vessels still being built of wood. Within five months of laying her keel, the ship was launched into her element. She bore the name Euterpe, after the Greek goddess of music.

Euterpe was a full-rigged ship and would remain so until 1901, when the Alaska Packers Association rigged her down to a barque, her present rig.

In 1871 she was purchased by the Shaw Savill line of London and embarked on a quarter century of hauling emigrants to New Zealand, sometimes also touching Australia, California and Chile.

She was sold to American owners in 1898, and in 1902, commenced sailing from Oakland, California to the Bering Sea each spring with a load of fishermen, cannery hands, box shook and tin plate. She returned each fall laden with canned salmon. This went on until 1923 when she was laid up by her owners the Alaska Packers. The Packers had changed her name in 1906, dubbing her Star of India in keeping with their company practice.

By 1923, steam ruled the seas. Sailing ships were obsolete and scores were laid up in ports, including the Star of India. What saved this particular ship from the knacker's torch was a determined band of San Diegans, led by reporter Jerry MacMullen. They scraped up $9,000 to buy the Star in 1926. For the next three decades, however, the Star languished; the depression and World War II delayed her restoration to her days of glory.

In 1957, Captain Alan Villiers, a famous windjammer skipper and author, came to San Diego on a lecture tour. He took one look at the dilapidated Star and delivered a broadside to the local press, lambasting the citizenry for doing nothing to save this gallant ship. Things got better after that. Slowly, the nickels and dimes trickling in turned to dollars. Skilled workmen along the waterfront volunteered their services and finally, in 1976, the fully restored Star of India put to sea for the first time in fifty years, under the command of Captain Carl Bowman. She sailed beautifully that day, to the applause of half a million of her fans, ashore and afloat. The Star of India now sails at least once a year making her the oldest active ship of any kind in the world. She is sailed and maintained by a volunteer crew that trains year-round, keeping not only the ship but also the skills to sail her alive.


From I-5 Heading South: Exit at Front Street / Civic Center. Continue a few blocks to Ash Street. Turn right (west). Proceed about 8 blocks to Harbor Drive. Turn left. The Holiday Inn On The Bay is on the left.

Railway Access: The Coaster and San Diego Trolley stop at the Amtrak Santa Fe Station are just three blocks away.

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