Mersea Island Museum - Blackwater Ships


Ship:      GAELIC STAR
Arrived:29 December 1948
Departed:13 August 1949
Career:Built as MONTILLA for Blue Star Line.
1920 renamed GAELICSTAR.
1929 renamed GAELIC STAR.


Tony Atkinson gives her history from arrival in River Blackwater:
29.12.1948: Laid up in the Blackwater River, Essex.
5.8.1949: British Registry closed and ownership transferred to Compagnia Genovese Di Navigazione a Vapore S.p.A., Genoa, Italy and subsequently renamed CAPO NOLI. (Note: The purchase prices was believed to be about £30,000).
13.8.1949: Left Blackwater.
12.12.1950: Sold to Gestioni Esercizio Navi-G.E.N., Genoa, Italy,
1956: Company restyled to Gestioni Esercizio Nav-Sicilia, G.E.N.S., Genoa.
2.1959: Sold to Roltamindustrie, Milan, Italy for demolition.
1.7.1959: Demolition commenced at Trieste, Italy by Sidemar.
5 August 1949 delivered to Italian owners and renamed CAPO NOLI.
July 1959 broken up at Trieste.
Tony Atkinson is the author of 'Blue Star Line, a Fleet History', ISBN 978-0992826383, published 2014.

From Oyster Company ledger:
- 12 February 1949 Compensation 6 wks 3 days Blue Star Line Ltd.
- 13 August 1949 Compensation 2 wks.

Tonnage:5,595 gross
Built:1917
Type:Refrigerated ship
Owner:Blue Star Line
Official No:140302
ID1140302

Blue Star Line GAELIC STAR Official No. 140302 in the River Blackwater. 

Tony Atkinson gives her history from arrival in River Blackwater:



29.12.1948: Laid up in the Blackwater River, Essex.

5.8.1949: British Registry closed and ownership transferred to Compagnia Genovese Di Navigazione a Vapore S.p.A., Genoa, Italy and subsequently renamed CAPO NOLI.
(Note: The purchase prices was believed to be about £30,000).

13.8.1949: Left Blackwater.

12.12.1950: Sold... Date: 25 June 1949.

Above:  Blue Star Line GAELIC STAR Official No. 140302 in the River Blackwater. Tony Atkinson gives her history from arrival in River Blackwater: 29.12.1948: Laid up in the Blackwater River, Essex. 5.8.1949: British Registry closed and ownership transferred to Compagnia Genovese Di Navigazione a Vapore S.p.A., Genoa, Italy and subsequently renamed CAPO NOLI. (Note: The purchase prices was believed to be about £30,000). 13.8.1949: Left Blackwater. 12.12.1950: Sold... Date: 25 June 1949.
Source: Mersea Museum / Tony Atkinson Collection


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