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    ex- SS America; ex- USS West Point AP-23; ex- Australis; ex- Italis; ex- Noga; ex- Alferdoss; ex- America

    ex- SS America; ex- USS West Point AP-23; ex- Australis; ex- Italis; ex- Noga; ex- Alferdoss; ex- American Star.

    Ship with many names and few tales to tell?

    Here is the single page thread at our old home:

    http://captainsvoyage.7.forumer.com/...pic.php?t=2435
    With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

    Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
    Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com
    Old forum: http://captainsvoyage.7.forumer.com/
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    #2
    Would like to share this webpage with all as well, covering the American Star:

    http://www.explorermagazin.de/amstar/index2_e.htm
    With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

    Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
    Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com
    Old forum: http://captainsvoyage.7.forumer.com/
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      #3
      Ooh yep! I used to see her often as SS Australis in Southampton. In fact here is one that I took of her on one Saturday morning in 1974. I loved the looks of this lady!!

      Infamy, Infamy.... They've got it in for me! Said The Laughing Assassin.

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        #4
        How spectacular...!

        I'm always so fascinated when I see larger sized images of these old ocean liners: much because they give me the opportunity to look for all those tiny details on her hull, superstructure and vicinities. I can go for minutes scanning the images trying to figure out details, seeing how things used to be.... I think you all know exactly what I mean...
        With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

        Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
        Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com
        Old forum: http://captainsvoyage.7.forumer.com/
        Join us: Save the "Kong Olav" on facebook

        Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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          #5
          I miss her so much. Its sad she didnt get to become a hotel ship. She was in such great shape when she was bought in 1994. And a little more than 10 years later, she sinks. Just terrible.

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            #6
            Originally posted by pakarang View Post
            Would like to share this webpage with all as well, covering the American Star:

            http://www.explorermagazin.de/amstar/index2_e.htm
            I have just spent a fascinating couple of hours exploring this website. Some very good stories to be read, and some fantastic 'first hand' accounts of visiting the wreck. I especially liked the accounts from the guy that first travelled on her as a child to New Zealand with his family, and then many years later he made several visits to the wreck, taking photos whilst he was there of the places onboard he remembered from his childhood. I can only imagine just how emotional that must have been for him. His account can be read in 'Trips and Treasures'.

            I always stare in awe at the power of the sea, how it can shred sheet steel and steel girders, as if it was nothing more than plywood. And in this case, how it can take a once beautiful ocean liner and reduce it to a pile of twisted metal in the space of a few short years. Nature sure as a powerful way of clearing our beaches of anything we can put on them. I recommend you read the section called 'Autopsy by Sea', it's truly amazing to see how she was taken apart bit by bit.

            Out of interest i just fired up Google Earth and had a look at the wreck. The image is below, the largest section you can see measures just 28m, the slightly smaller section measures just 21m. The American Star when built had an overall length of just over 220m..........The power of nature.



            And in this next shot i have put a line 220m in length. Please note the dark area of the sea bed that matches the length of the line - RIP American Star.

            Last edited by Steve.B; May 27th, 2009, 14:01.
            Your charts, your radar, your eyes and ears - if all 4 agree, you may proceed with caution.

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              #7
              Another great link.

              My interest for this historical ship has grown immensely over the last couple of days. Whilst delving through the tons of information that is to be found on the link above provided by Jan-Olav, I came across another link to another great website devoted to this ship.

              The S.S Australis Homepage.

              I can especially recommend reading the two sections that cover her history from launch, through to her running aground on the west coast of Fuerteventura.

              There is also a page of photos and plans from 1993. The photos show just how she looked, both inside and out, prior to her ill-fated tow.

              Photos from 1993.
              Your charts, your radar, your eyes and ears - if all 4 agree, you may proceed with caution.

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                #8
                A very sad video, but of good quality showing the wreck in some detail.
                When watching this i could not stop my mind wandering back to the great ship she once was. Just so much history right before your eyes....



                And another.... ...Accompanied by a beautiful Nightwish song.
                Last edited by Steve.B; May 30th, 2009, 02:07.
                Your charts, your radar, your eyes and ears - if all 4 agree, you may proceed with caution.

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                  #9
                  A very nice model of the SS America. This i would love to own.

                  http://www.modelshipmaster.com/produ...ss_america.htm

                  And a great model of her in her 'SS Australis' days. I love the night shots of this model.

                  http://www.modelshipmaster.com/produ..._australis.htm
                  Last edited by Steve.B; May 30th, 2009, 00:04.
                  Your charts, your radar, your eyes and ears - if all 4 agree, you may proceed with caution.

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                    #10
                    SS America to Bermuda 1963

                    Much happier days!


                    This one covers her long and brilliant career. I must admit to becoming rather attached to this old lady of the sea.

                    .
                    This may sound strange, but thinking back to our beloved 'Norway', i have come to the conclusion that if i had known her fate when she was towed south from Bremerhaven, then maybe i would have wished that she too would escape her tug whilst travelling south on the Atlantic. Ok, it's horrible to see the final fate of the 'American Star', but for me it seems a much more fitting end to a liners life - to be at one with the sea, rather than being torn apart by the cutters torch on that beach of hell.
                    Last edited by Steve.B; May 30th, 2009, 02:59. Reason: Adding Video
                    Your charts, your radar, your eyes and ears - if all 4 agree, you may proceed with caution.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Steve.B View Post
                      This may sound strange, but thinking back to our beloved 'Norway', i have come to the conclusion that if i had known her fate when she was towed south from Bremerhaven, then maybe i would have wished that she too would escape her tug whilst travelling south on the Atlantic. Ok, it's horrible to see the final fate of the 'American Star', but for me it seems a much more fitting end to a liners life - to be at one with the sea, rather than being torn apart by the cutters torch on that beach of hell.
                      This may not be as strange as you would think. When we all knew there was no saviors for the Norway, I think many of us were thinking along those same lines. The only difference, is that there wasn't anyone on this earth that wanted to believe it was the end: everybody believed there was someone who would eventually buy her on her death bed..... the circus even went on long after her beaching, plans of buying her, pulling her off the beach and putting her back in service. It would have been a monumental task, but as much as we loved the Norway/France, we all clung on to the hope that someone would save her in the very final moments.

                      The best would naturally have been, that she was given to the sea on which she served so many years. Deep waters somewhere she could find her peace.
                      With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

                      Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
                      Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com
                      Old forum: http://captainsvoyage.7.forumer.com/
                      Join us: Save the "Kong Olav" on facebook

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by pakarang View Post
                        The only difference, is that there wasn't anyone on this earth that wanted to believe it was the end: everybody believed there was someone who would eventually buy her on her death bed..... the circus even went on long after her beaching, plans of buying her, pulling her off the beach and putting her back in service.
                        I must admit Jan-Olav, I like everyone else was always hoping for that last minute miracle to happen. Every time i got home from work my first and most important job would be to switch on the PC. Then it would straight to places like, SS Maritime and Maritime Matters, just hoping each time to find some good news.

                        One thing that strikes me about the demise of the 'American Star' is the way so many people that had connections with her in the past, have in many ways been very grateful for the opportunity to be able to go along and say 'goodbye' to a dear old friend. A few years in which to go and pay their respects. And, as time goes by it becomes easier for you to accept that the final curtain is slowly falling on a great ship - soon she will be at peace.

                        I know all of that must sound very sentimental, but i for one would have found an end like that so much easier to accept.
                        Your charts, your radar, your eyes and ears - if all 4 agree, you may proceed with caution.

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                          #13
                          Another YouTube compilation.

                          Note the shot of the bow whilst she was in drydock at 0.31 sec, now doesn't that look familiar?

                          Your charts, your radar, your eyes and ears - if all 4 agree, you may proceed with caution.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Steve.B View Post
                            Another YouTube compilation.

                            Note the shot of the bow whilst she was in drydock at 0.31 sec, now doesn't that look familiar?
                            Certainly familiar for many vessels of the same era... and a very special one...
                            With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

                            Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
                            Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com
                            Old forum: http://captainsvoyage.7.forumer.com/
                            Join us: Save the "Kong Olav" on facebook

                            Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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                              #15
                              SS America on 'Wiki'.

                              If you are a fan of this ship, then there is a very in depth report into her long history on the wiki. I was going to paste some of it here, but there is just too much information!

                              http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_America_(1940)
                              Your charts, your radar, your eyes and ears - if all 4 agree, you may proceed with caution.

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