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Name: NORTHERN STAR
Type: Passenger Ship
Launched: 27/06/1961
Completed: 06/1962
Builder: Vickers-Armstrongs (Shipbuilders) Ltd
Yard: High Walker
Yard Number: 175
Dimensions: 24731grt, 12883nrt, 7483dwt, 650.0 x 83.8 x 26.1ft
Engines: 4 x Steam turbines, DR geared to 2 shafts, 22000shp
Engines by: Parsons Marine Turbine Co Ltd, Wallsend
Propulsion: 2 x Screws, 19.5knots
Construction: Steel
Reg Number: 304076
History:
06/1962 Shaw Savill & Albion Co Ltd, Southampton
12/1975 Broken up
Comments: Designed as a single class ship for the emigrant trade to Australia & New Zealand
Accommodation for 1412 x passengers in rather "utility" facilities
Traded outwards to Australia via Cape Town and returned via the Panama Canal
The steam turbine engines became uneconomic with the rising costs of fuel
Poor or inadequate maintenance lead to the engines becoming unreliable
Too expensive to re-engine & upgrade the accommodation to a cruise ship standard
11/12/1975: Arrived at Kaohsiung for breaking up by Li Chong Steel & Iron Works Co


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