Paraguay Star

steve todd
12th June 2005, 00:56
She was the only one of the BA flyer's not to have a top hat on the funnel.

Result being a sooty boat deck every morning to be holy stoned. All hands turned out at 0600 hrs to get the job done before breakfast.

Steve

steve todd
12th June 2005, 15:56
Not commonly known, the 'Paraguay Star' was used by Juan Domingo Peron on his flight into exile in Spain in 1955.

I was told, that for fear of being pursued by gunboats, the Captain set a course from the mouth of the Plate straight out into deep Alantic, before turning north on the homeward bound run.

Steve

tanker
12th June 2005, 18:18
She had 3 sisters BRASIL -ARGENTINA and URUGUAY STAR.

Gordon Rew
2nd November 2005, 05:36
Hi Steve,
More information I've gathered on the 'Paraguay Star' which may be of interest. I only did a two week run job on her in 1967.

Blue Star's S.S. "Paraguay Star"
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Built: Cammell Laird & Company Ltd., Birkenhead
*ON: 182860
Dimensions: 478.4 x 68.3 x 35.9 feet
Tonnage: Gross : 10722 Net :*6325
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Propulsion: Three steam turbines by the shipbuilder powered by two Babcock & Wilcox sinuous header boilers, double reduction geared to one shaft. Service speed: 16 kts.
Type: Refrigerated Cargo/Passenger Liner, 53 1st Class passengers, 6 refrigerated hatches
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Launched: 23/4/1948* ( Yard No.1181) as Paraguay Star for Blue Star Line Ltd. Completed: 10/1948
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Severely damaged 12/8/1969 when fire broke out in her engine room whilst discharging cargo in Royal Victoria Docks, London. Declared a total constructive loss and arrived in tow at Hamburg, West Germany, 19/9/1969 for demolition by Eckardt & Co. GmBh
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Sold: 1972 to Nissho-Iwai Co., Japan for demolition, resold to Tung Seng Steel & Iron Works, Taiwan 10/10/1972 and arrived at Kaohsiung 10/101972 to be broken up Demolition commd: 3/1970

All the best.
Gordon Rew

FOUFOU
7th January 2006, 21:43
There is a newsreelclip on www.britishpathe.com if you search` london docks`a preview video can be downloaded free of the fire on board. Also plenty of other old clips of ships in dock.

steve todd
11th February 2007, 19:16
Crew pictures from 1963

Alfred Ford
13th October 2011, 22:08
Not commonly known, the 'Paraguay Star' was used by Juan Domingo Peron on his flight into exile in Spain in 1955.

I was told, that for fear of being pursued by gunboats, the Captain set a course from the mouth of the Plate straight out into deep Alantic, before turning north on the homeward bound run.

Steve

Hi Steve,

I was born in Argentina of British parents and have lived all my life (except for a 2 year period in Guernsey,CI) in Buenos Aires. At the time of the September 1955 revolution which forced Juan Domingo Perón into exile, I was a 17 year-old schoolboy and have very vivid recollections of that time. Peron boarded a gunboat flying the Paraguayan flag in the port of Buenos Aires and sailed to Asuncion, capital city of Paraguay. I have no recollection, nor have I ever heard or read of him boarding an ocean-going vessel to escape the country. I would be more than interested if you could provide me with more information concerning Peron being on board the Paraguay Star in September 1955. Many thanks!

Alfred

geoff. foxton
6th February 2013, 13:01
I did two trips on the Paraguay Star as EDH - 8/1/65 to 28/4/65.
Great ship and deck crews.
Geoff.

Leratty
7th February 2013, 15:04
Did anyone have proof of Peron heading into exile on Paraguay Star, or is it as per Alfred's post of Oct 2011?

China hand
7th February 2013, 19:38
Spent most of my Blue Star time on the "A" boats, never heard the Peron story before. I'm sure someone would have mentioned it, either on board or in Bs As (I was living down there). Most popular picture in the bars, taxis, busses was Carlos Gardel, not poor old JP.