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Columbus America~Sydney 1978

Columbus America~Sydney 1978

Columbus America arriving Glebe Island, Sydney,1978

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COLUMBUS AMERICA transferred to Liberian Flag in 1996.
In 1998 one of her sister ships, COLUMBUS NEW ZEALAND, was scrapped in Alang.
The following year (1999) COLUMBUS AMERICA and another sister ship COLUMBUS AUSTRALIA were embroiled in the arguments over Asbestos exposure of the Indian work force in Alang. Following pressure from Greenpeace and others, COLUMBUS AMERICA and COLUMBUS AUSTRALIA were scrapped in China.

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Not much you can do to spiff up a standard box boat although Columbus gave it a good try with that reverse leaning funnel!
 

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Indeed, the funnel’s appearance was certainly eye catching – never did understand what the uppermost platform achieved.
 

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Art nuveau Crows nest???
 

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Briefly saw Two of these old style Columbus Line ship’s in port at the same time at Fisherman’s Island, Brisbane today. Same stack as Columbus Line but a more sloping after part of the superstructure. Don’t know for sure, but one of them could be named Cap Brett ??
 

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Ulf,

You are correct, there are two former Columbus vessels sailing between Aus/NZ and Asia. Cap York (ex Columbus Queensland) is in the Australian trade and Cap Brett (ex Columbus Canada) is on the New Zealand trade that calls into Brisbane on the way down. Both did disappeared for a couple of years after leaving the North American run but have since returned. Both are now charter vessels having been sold by Hamburg Sud about 7 years ago. Charterers don't run into the same problems as Owners when it comes to disposing of old tonnage as mentioned above. Another characteristic of the Columbus funnel was they were lit up at night when in port with two rings of lights.
 

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I saw the cap York leaving Melbourne on monday, looks somewhat ancient now. guess it does not have too many years to go
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