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NORTHERN STAR at Southampton
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No: 12650   Contributor: Paul Strathdee   Year: 1975   Manufacturer: Vickers-Armstrong Ltd, Newcastle, United Kingdom   Country: United Kingdom
NORTHERN STAR at Southampton

Shaw Savill passenger liner taken in August 1975. She was built by Vickers Armstrong's at Walker in 1962 for the Australia and New Zealand service.
With the fall in traffic she then became a cruise ship in the late 1960s/ early 70s.
This was a lucky shot for me as she went to Kaohsiung breakers in December of 1975.
Picture added on 03 December 2009 at 07:29
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I was on the northen star in 1972 I was only 7 years old but I remember everything about it, brought a silver cat which I still have and every kid on the ship wanted this cat. I feel so mean know but at the time I run round the ship stouting I've got the cat I've got the cat and I had a child crush on the waiter Charlie.

Added by Mrs T Mayhead on 22 October 2010.
Northern Star left Southampton en route to the Breakers Yard on the 5th November 1975 - I was one of many Officers/Crew to be on the quayside when she sailed - we gave her a firework show from the pier.

Added by Royston Clarke Ex Purser Northern Star on 03 August 2011.
I worked in Pursers Office of Northern Star 1971-1973 on mainline voyages to Australia and New Zealand and on South Pacific and Mediterranian Cruises. She was a fine ship to work on ~ unfortunately plagued with engine problems and she went to the breakers prematurely in 1975.

Added by Jamie Shedden on 13 September 2011.
I've never heard anything really bad about her from those who sailed with her except of course the mechanical problems.

Added by Paul Strathdee on 14 September 2011.
I worked on this magnificent ship in 1974 on the night gang with john green and graham garside these two changed my life for ever and I've never forgotten them so grateful to have known these guys

Added by John Beaufoy on 05 June 2015.
So sad to see her again berthed up in Southampton prior to her last voyage to the breakers yard. such great life changing times were had on this wonderful ship

Added by John Beaufoy on 14 August 2015.
Hi John ~ appreciate your comments about Northern Star ~ she was a fine ship to work on ~ and like you meet many life long friends and still keep in touch with many through our Reunions with the Shaw Savill Society which has regular reunions since the demise of the Company. We are all getting older now but still a chance to meet old shipmates ~ next UK Reunion in Southampton March 2016 or in Auckland in April 2016 ~ if interested contact me ~

Added by Jamie Shedden on 19 August 2015.
Thanks Jamie for letting me know re reunion in march 2016 in Southampton please advise where and when love to meet old friends😊

Added by John Beaufoy Night Gang on 15 September 2015.
Hi John ~ The UK Reunion is usually held last weekend in March and venue is Grand Harbour Hotel, Southampton. If you can provide your personal email ~ I can get UK secretary to send you details about joining the group. Cheers Jamie

Added by Jamie Shedden on 17 September 2015.
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