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MELBOURNE STAR

MELBOURNE STAR

May 7 1942 the grey painted MELBOURNE STAR on the floating dock, Wellington. Built in 1936 for the Blue Star Line she was destined to only have a short career as she was torpedoed and sunk 480 miles souh-east of Bermuda on 2 April 1943.

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Interesting picture Emmanuel she appears to have a gun platform and gun on the stern. The steam crane Hikitia visible here too. That floating dock must have made some money in it's time.
When it was sold and taken away they should have put the toilet doors of the ablusion block in a museum. It had some very old graffiti in there, much of it carved there in World War II names of many USN ships and other things!
 

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The docks busiest period was during the 2nd World War beyond that I think labour costs etc made it far less profitable than the Wellington Harbour Board would have liked. In the end these costs and a serious lack of the proper maintenance put an end to the dock and she was sold to Singapore interests. On the morning of 27 Dec, 1988 she slipped out of Wellington behind the DIAMOND WAY which was undertaking the 126 day tow. But on 2 Jan, 1989 and battling a force9 gale the dock broke in half with one half sinking and the other half sinking some 18 hours later. A sad end for a vessel which had been a feature of the Wellington waterfront for so long.
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Emmanuel
 

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Hello Emmanuel
Such an interesting photograph,
Many thanks for posting
Cheers
Fred
 

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