Geelong Star

Steve Hodges
6th May 2007, 15:58
Does anyone out there have a photo of the "Geelong Star" that they could post? I found one on the "bluestarline" site but can't seem to download it. I'm trying to get a print for my brother who sailed on her mid-to-late fifties (I told him you can find [U]anything [U] on SN!). I think she became "Defoe" of Lamport & Holt - unusual looking ship with bridge built into the funnel.
Thanks
Steve

oceantramp
6th May 2007, 16:15
Hi Steve
There are two photos of the Geelong Star at www.photoship.co.uk
All the best (K)
oceantramp

Steve Hodges
6th May 2007, 22:26
Hi Steve
There are two photos of the Geelong Star at www.photoship.co.uk
All the best (K)
oceantramp

Cheers,Oceantramp, thanks for your help.(Thumb)

Steve

ruud
7th May 2007, 09:51
Ahoy Steve,
Here another shot of the GEELONG STAR 1944 ex DEFOE,courtesy/ by Fotoflite-Skyfotos Corp.

Rob Randle
9th May 2007, 21:26
Hi,
Originally Lamport & Holts' 'D' class, what awful looking ships.When I was in BSL a 2nd mate I sailed with had served in one as a cadet, he reckoned the naval architect who designed them killed himself .This is probably a myth; They say you could hardly see anything abaft the beam from the bridge . I don't know who ' they' are. Rob Randle

Paul J Burke
10th May 2007, 08:09
An unusual looking ship alright.i never knew there was a Geelong Star, and thats after working in the Port of Geelong for 23 years!!!

Ron Stringer
10th May 2007, 10:18
Hi,
They say you could hardly see anything abaft the beam from the bridge. Rob Randle

From the abaft the beam shot provided by Ruud, I have difficulty in seeing the bridge. How the hell did anyone agree to build and licence such a monstrosity?

zelo1954
10th May 2007, 12:13
From the abaft the beam shot provided by Ruud, I have difficulty in seeing the bridge. How the hell did anyone agree to build and licence such a monstrosity?

This was one of those classes which had its origins in the mid-late-30s, lost a number of ships during WW2, and had replacements built - a bit like the Union Castle Rs. In fairness, Geelong Star (one of the war-time relacements) was much the worst looking of them, though Oakland Star runs it close. You can find a number of others on the Blue Star website at:

http://bluestarline.org/bluestarships_alphabetic.html

Here are some of them:

Debrett 1940 - (also sailed as Washington Star): http://bluestarline.org/lamports/debrett.html

Delane 1937: http://www.photoship.co.uk/JAlbum/Old%20Ship%20Picture%20Gallery%20D-J/D/slides/Delane-01.html
(seen as Seattle Star): http://bluestarline.org/seattle.html

Delius 1937: http://www.photoship.co.uk/JAlbum/Old%20Ship%20Picture%20Gallery%20D-J/D/slides/Delius-02.html
(seen as Portland Star): http://bluestarline.org/portland.html

Devis 1944 (seen as Oakland Star): http://bluestarline.org/oakland1.html

Defoe 1945 (i.e. earlier name of Geelong Star): http://www.photoship.co.uk/JAlbum/Old%20Ship%20Picture%20Gallery%20D-J/D/slides/Defoe-01.html

It looks like the wartime replacements were worse looking than the pre-war vessels.

Cheers, Geoff

Ron Stringer
10th May 2007, 18:00
Thanks for that, Geoff. As you say, they seem to have become more ugly as the series went on. How did the poor Mates manage to navigate them from such a compromised location?