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].
W. Fieldgate & Son daybook at Essex Record has a transaction for NAPIER STAR
24 March 1965 Mersea Marine Contractors.
(VRC has arrival London 9 Apr 1965 from Lyttelton and depart London 31 May 1965 for Teneriffe and Montevideo.)