El Cipote

El Cipote

Posted on 08/22/2009

Photo taken on August 19, 2009

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The Star of India was built in the Isle of Man in 1863; her original name was Euterpe. She is currently the oldest active ship in the world and has circumnavigated the world 21 times. The Star of India is one of the most recognized icons in San Diego.

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The cost to refurbish the world's oldest active ship, the Star of India, rose unexpectedly Friday when crews discovered that the iron hull would need a $42,000 sandblasting job to remove old paint.
The ship, which usually sits in its familiar berth along North Harbor Drive in downtown San Diego, has been in dry dock since Tuesday to undergo maintenance required under Coast Guard regulations.
On Friday, crews used hydro-jets to remove chipped paint and sea growth from the hull. But the 7,000 pounds of water pressure wasn't enough to take off all of the old paint.
The copper bottom paint that was applied in 1999 must be removed completely with a sandblaster before crews can apply fresh red paint and a modern ceramic coating, James W. Davis, the ship's first mate, said Saturday.
The entire project was originally supposed to cost $225,000, according to its owner, the Maritime Museum of San Diego. Museum officials hope the public will step up with donations because they're struggling to find money for the additional expense.
“We need dollars,” Davis said. “All of the vendors are cutting costs to help us as much as possible, which we appreciate.”
Contributions can be dropped into a barrel that's located in front of the museum, 1492 N. Harbor Drive. People also can donate by going to sdmaritime.com.
The sandblasting is expected to set the overall project back by a few days. The Star of India likely won't be back in its permanent Embarcadero spot until after Labor Day, Davis said.
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