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Fairfield 13th October 2004 08:55

Ulster Star
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She was built by Harland & Wolff at Belfast hence the name.This was taken in Glasgow in 1965.

dredgermate 10th March 2005 01:41

Vesteys Yacht

Bob S 25th May 2005 19:52

Ulster Star
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ULSTER STAR seen in the King George V Dock, London.
Built 1959, 10413 tons.

flyer682 26th May 2005 08:41

Trying to read the Port of Registry on the stern - doesn't look like London, seems to end in "ST". Belfast??

julian anstis 26th May 2005 10:06

It certainly looks like Belfast David...........but at sometime in her life she did carry a London registery from the photo's I have seen.

Fairfield 26th May 2005 11:02

She was built by Harland & Wolff hence the name and carried a Belfast registry I believe for a short while as a Thank You to the yard and people of Belfast.

steve todd 12th June 2005 00:09

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Ulster Star alongside in BA's south dock in the 60's. Note she had a licac hull then.

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steve todd 12th June 2005 10:20

Wasn't she called Vesteys yacht because the Lord was a passenger on her maiden voyage. I think she was skippered by Captain Houghton in her early days. I'm not sure but I sailed with him many times.

I remember Mad Mike McGuiness, one of the Ulster's notorious bosun's. The story had it that he once fell from her yard arm. Landing on top of a samson post he then rolled on to a lowered derrick topping lift wire. Drapped over it he slid down and rolled off the derrick head block onto the deck. He then got up and walk away unscathed.

A bit exaggerated I'm sure but the man was larger than life. Six foot odd of Hebridian pent up hostility, he was the archetypal 'Punch yer f#####g nose in' bosun. I sailed with him on the Tasmania Star. Everything was done at a hectic pace. He never let up until it was time to go ashore and get drunk - then the pace doubled. Leaving Sydney one time he had us flatten out and batten down for sea inside seventeen minutes. With seven hatches (plus a lazerite) and twenty seven derricks that took some doing. But, from Pearmont to just past the Bridge it was done without injury.

Years later I was told he fell overboard from a west coast boat - either the Columbia Star or Catalina Star, and met his demise.

They used to say that albatross are the souls of dead bosuns, well if so he became one hell of an angry big bird.


R58484956 12th June 2005 15:41

Excellent Blue Star Line site

Rob Randle 20th November 2005 18:45

This is a great site, I've just discovered it, some excellent photos. I always thought the Dunedin Star was known as Vesty's yacht!I sailed in the following "Star boats" in the sixties, Hobart, Rockhampton, Newcastle, Canberra, Wellington and Caledonia Stars.

neil maclachlan 20th November 2005 20:34

Hello Folks,
Talking about Blue Star Bosuns,do any of the Blue Star Fraternity remember a bosun by the name of MacNeil,he was a big burly guy who always got after the sailors about leaving holidays on their painting. Half the deck crew where MacNeils and hailed from the same island in the Hebrides (Barra) He seemed a nice guy to me,a lowly junior Engineer,and had a great accent,great memories.
Neil Mac.

Rob Randle 26th November 2005 14:06

Some of the Bos'ns from the western Isles were certainly characters.I sailed with George Mackinnon for a short time in the Hobart Star.He was from Barra(I think) his son was an OS and out of 14 men in the sailors alleyway only 2 were not from Barra.A lot of them were related.Archie Mcgaskill (mad Mcgaskill) was Bos'n in the Wellington Star when I was in her, I seem to remember he joined the ship for a 5 month trip with all his gear in a couple of carrier bags.I remember him in a bos'ns chair painting down a mast stay using a wad (no brush) with black bitumastic paint.It only took him a few minutes & on reaching the deck he washed his hands in nitromors paint stripper and swilled them off under a deck hydrant.I heard he once insisted on being brought out of a hatch by holding on to the hook of the union purchase rigged on the derricks.Obligingly 2 AB's hoisted him up, swung him clear of the hatch turned the winches off and walked away leaving "Airchie" suspended 10 ft above the deck.The tale may be apocrophal but it conjours up a great image.

igater 23rd December 2005 05:19

The Ulster Star was my first ship as cadet in 1974. I joined in London and the Rio was my first port, a hell of an introduction to life at sea. The skipper was Tony Cheshire and the Mate was John Mackereth I can't remember any of the crowd, expect the chippy who was a red haired cockney who lived in Santos.

R58484956 23rd December 2005 18:29

Welcome igater to the site enjoy it and all it has to offer and a merry christmas to you.

johnbradshaw 26th January 2006 18:21

ulster star
She was definitely registered in London, i done my second trip to sea on her in 1979


ruud 26th January 2006 22:10

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Originally Posted by Fairfield
She was built by Harland & Wolff hence the name and carried a Belfast registry I believe for a short while as a Thank You to the yard and people of Belfast.

Ahoy Paul,
Indeed your right, she was launched with P.o.R. Belfast, but soon changed into London

Rob Randle 12th February 2006 17:22

Hi igater, do you know where John Macereth is now ? We were cadets together on the "conway" in the early sixties, his father was master with "Maggie Booths"John Joined Blue Star as cadet shotly after me in 1963 but I never met up with him since.

haydn 12th February 2006 18:15

i remember auckland star 2 being called chunkys yatch he was chief eng

igater 1st March 2006 05:33

Sorry no idea where John Mackereth is now, after I left the ship I heard he had become master, but I left the company in 1979 and never heard any more.

briangeorge 28th August 2006 22:38

Hi Ian,
I was the 3rd mate on that first trip of yours.... excellent trip if I remember rightly! I have tried to track down John Mackareth but had no luck.....he seems to have disappeared off the face of the earth!

Cap'n Pete 29th August 2006 12:10

I also did my first trip on the Ulster Star, then registered in Belfast, with my joining in London in January 1968. Her master was Bill Askew who later went ashore as a ship manager in Liverpool before becoming Blue Star's man in Singapore.

I cannot remember the name of the mate, but I do recall he had huge cauliflower ears. He drank a lot and was a famous bulkhead bouncer - he's stumble along the alleyway bouncing off the bulkhead either side as he progressed. It was no good trying to squeeze past him.

I never returned to the Ulster Star after I signed off in December of the same year. However, I will always regard it as one of the happiest ships I ever sailed on and, not matter what people say about that long focs'le, also the most beautiful.

nick evans 28th February 2007 14:47

Hi john i was on the ulster from 13.2.79_18.7.79 reg in london did you take her to scrap. nick.

johnb8219 1st May 2007 18:01

Hi Nick I was only on her for a coastal trip 6/12/78 - 16/12/78

Starboard Light 3rd May 2007 21:20


Originally Posted by nick evans (Post 111765)
Hi john i was on the ulster from 13.2.79_18.7.79 reg in london did you take her to scrap. nick.

Hi Nick I was on the Ulster with you on her last trip and I took her to Kaosiung. I joined her in Southampton in Dec 77 as Blocker and left her Aug 16th 1979. We were stuck in a hotel for a week because there were no places on any flight's out. I have the crew list's for all the trip's I did on her, if you need any info. My email address is [email protected]
Ginger Greener.

BlueyH 10th May 2007 11:20

Re. Chunky's Yacht. Auckland Star.
This I believe in reference to Chief Engineer, Chunky Parkhill.
Blue Star reunion next weekend in Brisbane!!
Regards, Blueh.

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