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American Islander

In 1997, United States Lines decided to inaugurate a feeder service NYC/Hamilton, Bermuda.They brought this ship and her sister back from the Far East,and gave management to Souter Hamlet (W.A.Souter).The ships were wrecks,only c.5 years old but had been Filipino crewed and badly maintained--this refit in Brooklyn took weeks,and the ship was to continue to be entirely unreliable.
ON 4307, 3139grt, built Spain

Update,7.12.06-- this ship and her sister are pretty much unknown ships.For the benefit of anyone else who in the future should show an interest, the following details have been revealed by extensive research:

American Islander-- built Construcciones, Meira,Vigo-- launched as "American Ming" 29.3.72, reg. Monrovia,yard number 121, completed 02/73. IMO 7129350. 1589nrt,3139grt,4450bhp. LOA 104.5m,beam 15.2m. Renamed "American Islander" 1977 .Sold and renamed "Formosa Container" 1979. Had fire 14.8.85 and scrapped Kaohsiung 29.9.85.

Sister ( same dimensions) "American Mist", yard number 119,launched 19.10.71,completed 11/72. IMO 7122637. Renamed "American Comanche" 1978. Sold and renamed "Marine Container" 1980. Scrapped Bu Huangpu 09/91.

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There was a third sister of these ships, she was called American Main She was built the same time as the Ming and Mist they each crossed the Atlantic to Los Angles and had a overhaul in Todds ship yard to try and fix them. The yard in Vigo that built them had only ever built fishing boats, and went bust after these three had been built. They now build super yachts now and are very good at it. The three of them each went from LA to the Far East and started a feeder service into Hong Kong for American Lines.Some time in 1978 they where returned to American Lines and as you stated the Ming and Mist went as per your history. The Main was renamed Strait Container and I think went down towards Singapore, she was the one sister that just went into the mist of time. They were nice little ships but built on the cheap.

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