Northern Star (ship)

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Northern Star
Northern Star
Northern Star
Ship data
flag United KingdomUnited Kingdom (trade flag) United Kingdom
Ship type Passenger ship
home port Southampton
Shipping company Shaw, Savill & Albion Steamship Company
Shipyard Vickers-Armstrongs , Newcastle
Build number 175
baptism June 27, 1961
Launch June 27, 1961
takeover June 26, 1962
Commissioning July 10, 1962
Decommissioning 1975
Whereabouts Scrapped in Taiwan in 1975
Ship dimensions and crew
198.10 m ( Lüa )
width 25.2 m
Draft Max. 7.95 m
measurement 24,731 GT
Machine system
machine Parsons steam turbines
performanceTemplate: Infobox ship / maintenance / service format
22,000 kW (29,912 hp)
22 kn (41 km / h)
propeller 2 × fixed propellers
Transport capacities
Permitted number of passengers 1400
IMO no. 5257543

The Northern Star was a passenger ship of the British shipping company Shaw, Savill & Albion Steamship Company , which entered service in 1962. Thirteen years later, in 1975, it was retired and scrapped in Kaohsiung , Taiwan .


The Northern Star was built at Vickers-Armstrongs in Newcastle and launched on June 27, 1961. It was an enlarged and more modern version of the Southern Cross , which was put into service in 1955. The Northern Star was delivered to the Shaw, Savill & Albion Steamship Company on June 26, 1962 and on July 10, 1962 as the shipping company's new flagship on the route from Southampton to South Africa put into service.

After eleven years in the liner service , the Northern Star switched to the cruise business in 1973, but this turned out to be unprofitable after only one year. For this reason, the Northern Star was taken out of service after the 1975 summer season and offered for sale. Since no buyer could be found for the ship, it was sold to Taiwan for scrapping. On December 12, 1975, the Northern Star arrived at the Li Chong Steel & Iron Works Company in Kaohsiung, where it was scrapped after only thirteen years of service. Her predecessor, the Southern Cross , which is seven years older and smaller , remained in service for almost 50 years and was only scrapped in Bangladesh in 2003 .

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