Mersea Island Museum - Blackwater Ships

Arrived:July 1967
Departed:July 1967
Arrived 2:Mar 1968
Departed 2:cJune 1968
Career:Length 457.3ft x beam 63.3ft, one funnel, two masts, single screw, speed 14 knots, accommodation for 35 passengers, reduced to 12 in 1948. Completed by Harland & Wolff, Belfast in Oct.1945 as the EMPIRE CLARENDON for the Ministry of War Transport, and managed by P & O. Steam Nav. Co. Ltd. 1946 Acquired by Frederick Leyland & Co and managed by Blue Star Line, 1947 renamed TUSCAN STAR. Aug.1948 renamed TIMARU STAR to conform with New Zealand route namings. 1950 transferred to Lamport & Holt Line. 1958 transferred to the North American Pacific coast route renamed CALIFORNIA STAR. 1959 reverted to Blue Star Line ownership, 1967 transferred to New Zealand service, Mar.1968 laid up in the River Blackwater, 22nd Jun.1968 left London on her last NZ voyage. 21st Apr.1969 arrived Kaohsiung, Taiwan for scrapping. History on . Photos at
Tonnage:8,577 gross
Type:Refrigerated ship
Owner:Blue Star Line
Official No:168540

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