The Stadt Amsterdam under sail. Courtesy Maritime Museum

Sails and rigging will dominate the downtown waterfront when a the modern Dutch clipper ship docks at the Maritime Museum of San Diego on Thursday for a nine-day visit.

The 250-foot Stad Amsterdam, built in 2000 as a luxury passenger vessel, will join the 212-foot Star of India, built in 1863 and the pride of the museum.

“Stad Amsterdam has a great likeness to Star of India,” said Dr. Raymond Ashley, president and CEO of the museum. “To witness the two vessels side by side on San Diego’s waterfront will be quite a treat.”

To celebrate the visit, the museum is organizing a a special day sail on Feb. 14. Sailing enthusiasts can board the replica galleon San Salvador, which will cruise the bay alongside the Stad Amsterdam.

Tickets for the special event are available at

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.