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Auckland Star

The "Auckland Star" at Lyttelton. A single screw turbine steamer completed by Cammell Laird in 1958 she was similar to the "Tasmania Star" from the same yard eight years earlier. Also similar were the 'Adelaide' and 'Wellington' Stars from John Brown but they were twin screw mo

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Hello Dave...Smashing Photo..the steps forward of Bow were called "The Swimmers Steps" and were a popular swimming and diving area..But..One had to be a Swimmer. KPC
 

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KPC,
I grew up over the hill in Sumner and so was more surfer than swimmer.
Can't understand why Blue Star fitted turbines to this ship. Being built in 1950 her sister "Tasmania Star" was probably in the position of being single-screw turbine or twin screw motor due to the power available from diesels, but by 1958 I would have thought a single screw diesel might be viable. Mind you Port Line fitted twin screws to their similarly sized "Port New Plymouth" built two years later.
 

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The Auckland Star was a late arrival. The other 3 ships of the class entered service 6 to 8 years earlier. The reason for her delay was that she was built at Cammell Laird's Birkenhead yard. Cammell Laird were at the same time building the Ark Royal aircraft carrier for the Royal Navy. The Ark Royal received preference in materials and labour and hence the delay. Also the labour disputes did not help.
Stuart Beckwith
 

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