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Postby john sefton » Sun Mar 25, 2012 7:35 pm

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Built for Shaw Savill & Albion by Vickers Armstrong at Newcastle and commissioned in 1962.
24,731 Gt and 650ft overall length.
Geared turbines, twin screw with a service speed of 19.5 knts.
One class accommodation for 1,400 passengers.
She sailed between the UK and Australia, becoming a cruise vessel in 1973.
Sold for scrap in 1975.
After the Battle publication.
I don't think she has featured on a stamp?
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Re: Northern Star 1962 passenger ship

Postby aukepalmhof » Wed May 20, 2020 9:33 pm

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Built under yard No 175.
27 June 1961 launched as the NORTHERN STAR.
Tonnage 2,4731 grt, 7,483 dwt, dim. 198.1 x 25.5m.
Powered by two steam engines, 22,000 shp, speed 19.5 knots
Capacity for 1,437 tourist passengers.
26 June 1962 delivered to owners.

She was built for the service, Southampton-Las Palmas-Cape Town-Durban-Fremantle-Melbourne-Sydney-Wellington-Auckland-Raratonga-Tahiti-Acapulco-Panama-Curacao-Trinidad-Barbados-Lisbon-Southampton.
SOUTHERN CROSS SS NORTHERN STAR was an ocean liner built in 1962 for the United Kingdom-based Shaw, Savill & Albion Line's tourist class round the world service via South Africa and Australia. She was essentially an enlarged version of the SS SOUTHERN CROSS, built seven years earlier. NORTHERN STAR sailed out via the Cape and home via Panama, while her fleet mate sailed out via Panama and home via the Cape.
From the early 1970s, she spent most of her time cruising but was continually beset with mechanical problems due to inadequate maintenance. With the great increase in oil prices in 1973/4, she became uneconomic and would have required an expensive and time-consuming refit to make up for the deferred maintenance and so was withdrawn from service at the end of her 1975 summer cruise program. In spite of being only twelve years old, her poor mechanical condition made her unattractive to other operators and she was sold for scrapping. On December 11, 1975, she arrived at Kaohsiung to be broken up by Li Chong Steel and Iron Works.
Guinea-Bissau 2020 1100FCFA sg?, scott? (She is depicted in the margin of the sheet)
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