Star of India

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Star of India, originally the Euterpe, is a restored historic 1863 sailing ship with more than a few mysteries under its sails. Its fascinating history is detailed at its docking place, the Maritime Museum of San Diego. It is thought to be haunted by many ghosts, including John Campbell, a teen who stowed away on the ship in 1884. He was discovered and put to work, but while tending to the mast he took a nasty fall and broke both his legs, dying three days later. It is said that folks standing near the mast sometimes feel a cold hand on them, as if John is warning them not to climb the mast. And another ghost may reside in the anchor chain locker, where a Chinese crewman was crushed to death. A cold spot is often noticed around the area. And in the galley, folks have seen pots and pans move by themselves and smelled bread baking.

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1492 North Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA
United States

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32.7209825, -117.17407159999999
San Diego County, California
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  1. I went here on a trip with my gf and toured many of the vessels including the submarine and USS Midway. I didn’t even cross our minds that any of these places would be haunted.

    However, this particular ship gave us both eerie feelings. We went on a weekday so there were hardly any tourists to interrupt us as we walked around. We both had a feeling that there was a child present as we walked through the living quarters. I especially felt overwhelmed with sadness and distress as I got closer to the anchor and the hull of the ship. I had no idea why I was feeling like this so I snapped some pics but there was nothing there; just props and storage. I later found out that a young man died there due to a malfunction with the anchor. I don’t think there was anything on this ship that was malevolent or evil, just restless spirits.

  2. I’m a spirit sensitive and visited the ship. While sitting in the area below with the long benches I felt something sit next to me. I did not see any living person so I asked who was with me. I channeled it was someone who was a musician and he got very sick from a disease and died on the ship. Very friendly spirit who just wanted to be heard. I hope he got to move on after that.

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