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star tossed

The iron-hulled barque the Star of India here in San Diego is one of the few authentic relics of a bygone era that still gets out and dances, and she’s a daily reminder of our maritime heritage to the tens of thousands who pass her on their way to work in San Diego with her topsails drawing next to the dock in everything but the biggest storm.  Equally as important, a small army of volunteers keeps her in shipshape condition, ready for the two times a year she leaves her berth at the San Diego Maritime Museum to remind us how different life was just a bit more than a century ago. 

One of those volunteers, former naval officer Greg Gushaw, fell to his death from the foremast topsail yard last weekend as he was training to be recertified for a scheduled November voyage on the harbor and open ocean beyond.  The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of death, but knowing a little about the guys and gals that live for the beautiful old Star, we guess if he had chosen a spot to die, it would be on the oldest actively sailed ship in the world.