samarai said:I was a passenger on this sailing and this schedule is not the final list of ports. The sailing was plagued by mechanical problems with Melbourne an advertised port before Auckland. Passengers were not informed of the change until after they boarded in Sydney. Acapulco was almost missed when the ship ran out of fresh water - only a passenger revolt made Shaw Savill relent - and Trinidad was never seen. (Cloud)
You would have sailed with my mother in law who was bathroom stewardess on that voyage her name was Doris Mellidine she has since crossed the bar she was in her from january 1972 until november 1975 best wishes .Hi Samarai
Hmmm - something amiss here! I was the Star's Third Officer on this voyage. We were only in Melbourne on 16th Dec 1973 on our outward voyage to Aus/NZ with no intention of returning later! I have no recollection of any mechanical problems. I kept a diary of the return voyage and we kept exactly to the dates. As for not seeing Trinidad, I took a photo of Port of Spain from offshore on April 30th 1974. Are you sure of your facts?
SteveI was only on the Star for a couple of weeks on standby watch, must have been around Nov 73. My first posting as a Jun eng., I was not that impressed with the engine room. She spent some time in Southampton dry dock being cleaned and painted. I did not sail with her but found this schedule in my loft last week, it may be of interest to some.
Where is Mike "Shifty" aunders these days? or what happened to him after this trip?. I sailed with Him and would like to contact him.You have it right Powertrain I was working for A&G Price in Auckland around that time and had to work around the clock on her to get her back to sea as quickly as possible. Mike Saunders was Chief Leckie on the Star that trip!
that is great thanks,was trying to work out places i had visited on the ships i worked on.thanks for the infoI was Extra 1st Officer during the period you were in "Northern Star" in 1975. Our movements were:
01/03 Sailed Sydney
06/03 Port Moresby
11/03 Denpassar, Bali
15/03 George Town, Penang
23-24/03 Makassar, South Sulawesi
07/04 Arrived Auckland
Hope this is useful.
Referring to my discharge book...Extra 2nd Eng for Tasman crossing...Now I am confused!
On the last trip that Northern Star made from NZ to the UK she broke down after leaving Auckland (off Lord Howe?) and returned to port.
The electrical load had been dropped off the main board and two of the Allen turbo-generators, which had been on 100% load for a long time without the valves being exercised, over-sped. I was the resident Allen engineer based in Auckland and we had to do a 50+ hour shift to get one of the sets re-built and working. Never managed full vacuum so the space was unbearably hot. I sailed with the ship and got off in Tahiti where the Shaw Savill gang-plank was loaded on-board as it was the last time the ships would use the port.
Surely that was the last trip and it took place in 1974?