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From: "Ted Finch" <>
Subject: Re: [TSL] Columbia Star?
Date: Sun, 16 Feb 2003 17:20:43 -0000
No, these were different ships. Oddly, I cannot find her in my copy of
Sawyer and Mitchell's vol.4! However while sailing as AMERICAN RETAILER she
was operated by American Lines and while ALCOA MASTER she belonged to
Aluminium Company of America. She never sailed for Blue Star Line and I
don't think she ever sailed under the British flag..
The two Blue Star Line ships were -
COLUMBIA STAR (1) was built 1939 by Burmeister & Wain, Copenhagen, Denmark,
1953 renamed DRYDEN, 1955 renamed PATAGONIA STAR, 1957 reverted to COLUMBIA
STAR, 1963 reverted to DRYDEN, 1968 scrapped Kaohsiung.
COLUMBIA STAR (2) was built 1971 by Bremer-Vulkan, Vegesack, Germany and was
an engines-aft container ship. 1986 transferred to the Austasia service
Hope this helps
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, February 16, 2003 4:31 PM
Subject: [TSL] Columbia Star?
> I'm Terry Sanders of the USS Suffolk Website. I was doing some Surfing
> morning and came across your site. You show a Columbia Star 1957 - 1963
> and a second ship with the same name from 1971 - 1986 . In the book "From
> America to the United States" volume 4 by Sawyer and Mitchell published
> World Ship Society, It shows a ship Columbia Star (formally the USS
> AKA-69,Southport,American Retailer,Alcoa Master). Was this ship part of
> Blue Star line? She was renamed the Antillian Star and was immobilised in
> gale with leaks in both boilers,12 miles off of Cape St James 51.55
> N 131.00 W (voyage Vancouver/Korea-sulpher and general, 7-3-1971) it was
> taken in tow by tug after five aborted attempts in thirty foot waves. It
> was towed to Queen Charlotte island and sold to Kaohsiung for scrap. I
> would enjoy any information you may have.
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