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"Star of India" by Larry D. M. Blumenthal

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Star of India
(Dedicated to the memories of Joseph and Mary Wagner, two of San Diego's finest musicians.)
- a tone poem for Chorus, Piano and Percussion (6 minutes)
by Larry David McGregor Blumenthal © 2017
The  Star of India  is the oldest seaworthy tall ship in the world as well as the oldest iron-hulled ship afloat. She is lovingly cared for at the San Diego Maritime museum, a major sightseeing attraction at San Diego's harborside. I spent many hours of my youth aboard her daydreaming and photographing her beauty. Originally she was built in 1863 at Ramsey on the Isle of Man as Euterpe, a full-rigged iron windjammerAfter a full career sailing from Great Britain to India, New Zealand and America, she became an American salmon hauler on the Alaska to California route. Retired in 1926, she was not fully restored until 1963 and is now a seaworthy museum ship. Her style of rigging is known as a bark or barqueThe Star of India has circumnavigated the globe 22 times, nearly half a million nautical miles!