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Twin funnelled bulker/ general cargo ship=MUSCAT CEMENT ex-FERNSTAR

Twin funnelled bulker/ general cargo ship=MUSCAT CEMENT ex-FERNSTAR

An interesting ship used for action on one of these old 1970s American tv detective series'. Don't know if anyone might recognise her. Her name never came into shot unfortunately.

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yvon`s FERNSTAR looks fine to me, identical back of bridge wing, funnels and big engine room air vents, they might have reduced the lifeboats to one on each side. Even the bigger portside funnel extension looks right.
That tv screenshot looks a bit stretched to me.

http://www.photoship.co.uk/JAlbum%20Ships/Old%20Ships%20F/slides/Fernstar-02.jpg
 

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OK yes Fernstar has quite a few similarities but others not so. For one thing I notice that in the photos for both Vestan and Fernstar, their radar masts are quite a solid single structure, whereas in this shot here the radar mast appears to be a tripod structure.
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According to article (http://articles.latimes.com/1986-03-23/local/me-5724_1_unusual-ship ) FERNSTAR was positionned at Los Angeles in 1986 as cement storage MUSCAT CEMENT for many years.
Was the TV serie situated in this town ?
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Good point Yvon, as on closer inspection that mooring spring seems to be extraordinarily heavy, which could well indicate a semi-permanent mooring. Yet she seems to be very well kept for a cement storage vessel. All in all, however, I do think you and 'Bootsmann' may well have cracked it. Well done.
An interesting puzzle to solve, thanks, 'Fairfield' for posting.
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Just a further query, now that the joint expertise of the group seems to have solved it, may I ask another question. Allowing for the distortion caused by taking a still photo from a film, from the start I have been intrigued by the row of black along the top of the side of the accommodation block. They are not windows. When you look at where it is, i.e. on the railings of a deck and the size compared to the Inmarsat receiver and what appears to be a smoke float on the railing, to me it is most probably the name board. Having said that, (not that we'll ever decipher it !) it's possible that the name could be a two word name such as "Muscat Cement", as Yvon suggests.
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Indeed she did have very heavy moorings and the Name Board on the bridge seems to have a fairly long name on it but it was never seen properly. The series was indeed set in California so LA would fit.
As to stretching images a lot of the satellite channels showing these old programmes stretch the image to accommodate the wide screen tvs of today which can be a nuisance. They seem to think folk don't want to watch something in the centre of the screen properly proportioned!
Many thanks for all the suggestions and detective work
 

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In addition there was another very brief shot along the hull which showed large box like structures on the weather deck which could indeed suggest some kind of storage.
 

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