Mersea Island Museum - Blackwater Ships


Ship:      NAPIER STAR
Arrived:29 August 1962
Departed:12 January 1963
Arrived 2:6 July 1963
Departed 2:20 December 1963
Arrived 3:31 July 1964
Departed 3:3 October 1964
Career:Built as EMPIRE HIGHWAY. Renamed IONIC STAR-1946, NAPIER STAR-1946.
1960 had a boiler flashback and fire while loading at Auckland, causing considerable damage to cargo in No. 3 hold. She returned to England and after repairs was used by the French Government as a meat storage ship for 15 months.
See SHP_DAVIS for an article about the NAPIER STAR leaving the river January 1963.
Wrecked 34.55S/55.15W 20.7.65 & broken up Montevideo 16 Dec 1968.
Dates in Blackwater are from Voyage Record Cards.
Oyster Company ledger 15 September 1962 compensation 2 weeks 6 days.
2 February 1963 compensation 4 weeks [last entry in ledger].
Tonnage:7,166 gross
Built:1942
Type:Cargo ship
Owner:Blue Star Line
Official No:168735
ID1168735

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