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From: "Ted Finch" <>
Subject: Re: [TSL] Fairsky
Date: Wed, 24 Oct 2001 08:44:48 +0100
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Hi Victoria,

The "Fairsky" was built by the Western Pipe & Steel Co, San Francisco in
1941 as the cargo vessel STEEL ARTISAN. She was taken over by the US Navy
and continued under construction as the auxiliary aircraft carrier USS
BARNES. On 30th September 1942 she was handed over to the Royal Navy and
renamed HMS ATTACKER. Returned to the US Navy in 1946, she was laid up
until 1952 when she was sold to Sitmar Line, Rome and reconstructed as a
7,800 gross ton cargo vessel, renamed CASTEL FORTE and registered in
Panama. In 1957 she was rebuilt as a passenger ship at New York and later
Genoa. Renamed FAIRSKY in 1958 and registered in Liberia, she made her
first Southampton - Sydney voyage on June 28th 1958. In 1959 she was renamed
FAIR SKY (two words) and in 1966 commenced Southampton - Eastbound
round-the-world voyages. She was laid up at Genoa in 1972 and re-activated
in 1973 as a cruise ship. In 1977 she struck a wreck off Djakarta and was
beached. Sold for scrapping but later converted to a floating hotel and
casino at Manila and renamed PHILIPPINE TOURIST. 1979 Badly damaged by fire
and scrapped at Hong Kong. [Pacific Liners 1927-72 by Frederick Emmons]
[Great Passenger Ships of the World by Arnold Kludas, vol.5] [Emigrant Ships
by Anthony Cooke]

There is a picture of the ship in "Great Passenger Ships of the World,
vol.5" by Arnold Kludas, ISBN 0-85059-265-8 which you should be able to
obtain on interlibrary loan.


----- Original Message -----
From: Vicky Ormerod <>
To: <>
Sent: Wednesday, October 24, 2001 6:36 AM
Subject: [TSL] Fairsky

I am hoping you can help me for a surprise for my parents. They
immagrated from England (I assume Southhamptom) on (approx) 27th
September 1963. They were married on the 21st September 1963 (a
Saturday) and left for worlds unknown (Australia)the following Friday.
Would you have any information, photos, passenger lists and room
numbers or is that asking too much? Their names are Mr Kerry Vaun
Ormerod and Mrs Valerie Pauline Ormerod (nee Johnson). They refer to
themselves as "£10 Immigrents" and I would like some information for
them and for my own search of my "roots".
Kind regards,
Victoria Lea Ormerod,

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