Archive for October, 2010

Pirates, Sea Treasures, and The Star of India

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

It’s Halloween, the second biggest holiday event for adults next to Christmas.

So a quick Internet search tells us that this year Twilight has given new oomph to vampire costumes. Almost is the same mindset are costumes of Madonna and Lady Gaga.  And blue skinned avatars will be partying along with Toy Story folks.

Strangely, pirates don’t seem to be big this year.

But San Diego’s Maritime Museum is full of pirate books and buys, and the Star of India is flying its Halloween sails.

Star of India Halloween sails

Treasures and the sea are bound together. My blog on Tall Ships mentioned briefly the Black Swan case, Spain versus the US marine exploration company Odyssey Marine, a litigation still in court over treasure on a sunken Spanish war ship.  Kimberly Alderman on her The Cultural Property & Archaeology Law Blog is keeping us up to date on that conflict over sea treasures. Spain now has ships in its coastal waters hunting shipwrecks to claim and has found some 100 sinkings that need to be explored.

In San Diego we can venture onto the Star of India and follow behind a lantern toting guide below deck searching for ghost who show up for Halloween. The slight ship’s motion from bay waters adds to the uncertain feeling surrounding the search. It’s not the high seas, or a hunt for high value treasure but it’s safe.

The fun of discovery also comes from the Port of San Diego’s Urban Trees 7, now in the process of being installed. Daniel Stern’s Handstand Man is a great comment on joy found at sea side.

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Daniel Stern's Handstand Man