I have to agree this was quite an awful looking rebuild especially considering how beautiful she looked as the former Monarch of Bermuda.
It's rather a coincidence that a photo was uploaded of her today as I was at my parents this afternoon and I visited their neighbour who is 80yo and was also an ex seaman. We were discussing his pasts ships, chatting about some nostalgic items that he had and out came his discharge book and low and behind there was the New Australia in his book.
He told me that it was an awful ship to work on with the crew half cut most of the time and fights regularly occurring but as he said to me, being a 19yo lad on his first voyage down under to Australia and New Zealand it was all part of the fun of being at sea in that era.
New Australia at berth 40 Southampton Eastern Docks with an unamed freighter ahead of her at berth 41, you can see the Ocean Dock ahead of the freighter with the northern end of the former Ocean Terminal visible.
Ugly? Well, have seen lots worse! A rebuild on the cheap for sure. Pity the prom and sun decks was not rebuilt. Could have been done. Loosing the No 3 funnel, the mainmast, half of the foremast.... the di-pod funnel... pity. Looked a wee bit better in Greek Line livery... not much.
Sean, Are you looking at a different photo? In the image above the vessel ahead is the CHARLTON STAR, Chandris 'passenger' vessel.
Obviously I am looking at the same photo &#128521;
At first I thought that it was a freighter but after looking at it again I can clearly see the X on the funnel and passenger accomodation but to be honest with you I have never come across this particular vessel before and regardless of the X on the funnel I would never have assumed that it was a Chandris passenger vessel.
I wasn't even aware that Chandris were even using the Port of Southampton in 1951.
I've learnt something from this Stephen so thanks for 'kindly' pointing it out.
Good. I thought it was an old United Fruit or Fyffe's boat. Until I enlarged I saw the 'X'. Yes, a long way from home!
Here is the info:
CharltonStar was originally built in 1921 by John Cockerill Shipyards, Hoeboken, Belgium as the Elisabethville for Cie Belge-Maritime Du Congo.
8178 Gross Tons, 439 Feet long 57 Feet wide Steam quadrupleexpansion engines, twin screw
Service Speed: 14 Knots
700 one class passengers History
1921 Elisabethville, Cie Belge-Maritime Du Congo, Antwerp
1930 Cie.Maritime Belge,Antwerp
1940 MOWT Troopship, Managed by Lamport & Holt, Liverpool
1946 Cie.Maritime Belge
1947 Empire Bure MOWT managed by Lamport & Holt Line,Liverpool
1950 Charlton Star, Charlton SS Co London (CHANDRIS)
1958 Maristrella AJ & DJ Chandris, Liberia 1960 Scrappedat Osaka
Confusing stuff! I am guessing the photo was from 1950 and Chandris bought the ship from Holt's and that is why the ship was in Southampton. Make sense? Wild guess.
Yes it does make sense that it could well have been taken in 1950.
The New Australia was at berths 26/27 in the Empress Dock for almost two years being totally reconstructed and refurbished from the burnt out three funneled Furness Withy Lines Monarch of Bermuda before entering service on the immigrant trade to Australia in May 1950.
The New Australia was moved from the Empress Dock to berth 40 in April 1950 prior to her maiden voyage. The southern part of the cargo shed at berth 41 is clearly visible. Berth 40 was the location of the port's cold storage facility that was totally destroyed by German air attacks during the Blitz in 1940.
Regarding the Chandris vessel, the year 1950 would probably be correct going from the information that you have supplied plus my additional information regarding the New Australia.