On the day of her launch into Ramsey harbour, the full-rigged, iron-hulled sailing ship was put into the water without rigging, masts or ballast - the super-structure would be added at a later date
Initially the ship bore the name Euterpe, after the Greek muse of music and poetry. The original figurehead remains on the ship even though she was renamed The Star of India in 1906
The Euterpe began her sailing life in 1864 with two near-disastrous voyages to India. On her first trip she suffered a collision and a mutiny, on her second she was badly damaged in a cyclone in the Bay of Bengal
The Euterpe's first master was Captain William John Storry who died on board in his cabin (above) on 7 August 1866 after suffering from an unknown tropical disease. He was buried at sea.
In 1871 the Euterpe was purchased by the Shaw Savill line of London and began 25 years of service taking emigrants to New Zealand. She completed 21 circumnavigations, some of them lasting a year
The ship changed hands once again in 1901 when she was sold to the Alaska Packers' Association of San Francisco- in 1906 her name was changed to the Star of India
The Star of India was laid up in 1923 and sold three years later to the Zoological Society of San Diego, California, to be the centrepiece of a planned museum
In 1957 work began to restore the Star of India to her former glory and in 1976 she finally put to sea again
The Star of India is now one of the landmark ships at the San Diego Maritime Museum in California. She sails, crewed by skilled volunteers, every November
A Manx flag, signed by representatives from the town of Ramsey, has been sent to the Maritime Museum of San Diego to be displayed alongside other exhibits dedicated to the Star of India
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