:: Wednesday, November 02, 2005 ::
Photos: This is an image of The Star of India returning to San Diego which I shot from Point Loma, California. It was used by my mom's cousin Joan in New Zealand to illustrate an article she wrote for a seniors newspaper describing one of the voyages of the Star of India. I received a copy of the article in the mail earlier in the week.
For those of you who don't know, The Star, or The Euterpe as she was known in 1863 when she was launched from the Isle of Man, was the ship that my great great grandfather Thomas Eddes Phillips commanded in the 1870s and early 1880s in voyages from England to New Zealand. She is currently the set piece of the San Diego Maritime Museum (I am a member of the museum). She is the oldest active ship currently in use anywhere in the world. Every year or so on the anniversary of her launching, the museum takes a group of lucky sailors and other VIPs out to sea for a day sail on her. I was able to partake in that small voyage into the Pacific last year on Nov 13th and made a trip to California for that express purpose.
Nothing like standing at the helm and holding the wheel of a massive sailing ship moving under her own power and thinking that 130 years before, someone in my family was doing the exact same thing for real. She is an awesome ship, and the Museum as lovingly restored her and taken care of her. It was also pretty cool to see my photo in print. Joan said there may be other articles and other opportunities for my shots of the ship to end up in print. I hope so. :)
:: Mike Wood 09:37 [+] ::