MARINE STAR - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.       Call sign - WG9376     IMO number - 5021114
Owner - Empire Cruise Lines, U.S.A.

Location - Laid up alongside the former Cargill grain elevator in Lackawanna, New York     Photograph Date - 25 February 2003
Photographer - Jeff Cameron     Added to archive - 6 Mar 2003     Last updated - 6 Mar 2003

SHIP'S HISTORY

  Ordered -
  Keel laid -
  Launched -
  Delivered - July 1945

  (a) Marine Star - U.S.A. (1955)
  (b) Aquarama - U.S.A. (1995)
  (c) Marine Star - U.S.A.

  As of March 2003 she was still laid up at Lackawanna, New York with little chance of a return to service

PARTICULARS

  Ship type - Passenger Ship
  Gross tonnage - 12,773
  Net tonnage - 10,894
  Deadweight tonnage -
  L.O.A. - 158.63 meters (520'0")
  L.B.P. - 150.27 meters (496'8")
  Width overall - 21.85 meters (71'6")
  Width moulded - 21.80 meters (71'8")
  Draught - 5.26 meters (43'6")
  Depth - 7.93 meters (17'3")

CONSTRUCTION

  Yard name - Sun Shipbuilding & Drydock Company
  Country - Chester, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
  Hull number - 357
  Engine builder - General Electric Company - Lynn, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
  Number of engines - 2
  Engine type - Steam Turbine engines
  Horsepower - 10,000 shp or 7,356 kW
  Speed - 19 knots
  Bow/stern thuster hp - none
  Official # - US 271911

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION - Former owners, accidents, conversions, cargoes, voyages, sightings or corrections etc - Viewer contributions

* 1945 built by the Sun Shipbuilding & Drydock Company in Chester, Pennsylvania as the C4-S-B5 class general cargo ship Marine Star
* She was one of 12 similar ships that were built there between 1943 and 1945 along with several hundred T2-SE-A1 tankers. Marine Star was preceeded by the Marine Eagle (C4-S-B1 hull #340), Marine Raven (C4-S-B2 hull #341), Marine Robin (C4-S-B2 hull #342), Marine Wolf (C4-S-B2 hull #343), Marine Devil (C4-S-B2 hull #344), Marine Fox (C4-S-B2 hull #347), Marine Angel (C4-S-B2 hull #354), Marine Flier (C4-S-B5 hull #355) and the Marine Arrow (C4-S-B5 hull #355). She was followed by the Marine Fiddler (C4-S-B5 hull #358) and Marine Runner (C4-S-B5 hull #359). There were slight differences in Gross tonnage between the different minor classes.
* 1954 Marine Star was sold by the U.S. Maritime Commission to the Sand Products Corporation in Detroit, Michigan
* 1955 she was renamed Aquarama
* 1955-56 she was converted from a cargo ship to passenger and excursion vessel at the Todd Shipyard Corporation drydock in Brooklyn, New York and brought to the Great Lakes early in 1956. Completion of her conversion to a passenger vessel was completed by the Sand Products Corporation and she entered service during the summer of 1956
* 1962 Aquarama laid up in Muskegon, Michigan and never sailed again
* 1978 she was removed from documentation and her registry was closed
* 1987 she was sold to North Shore Farming Incorporated who intended to use the ship as a stationary hotel and convention center at Port Stanley, Ontario, Canada
* 10 July 1988 Aquarama arrived at Sarnia and laid up - her conversion was never done
* 24 May 1989 she arrived in Marysville, Michigan under tow from Sarnia
* 1 June 1989 she was towed from Marysville, Michigan to Windsor, Ontario and laid up
* 1995 she was sold to Master Marine Management and renamed Marine Star while she was laid up in Windsor
* 1995 Marine Star was sold again to Empire Cruise Lines (James A. Everatt)
* 3 August 1995 she arrived at Buffalo under tow and laid up alongside an old Cargill elevator in the outer harbour
* 1 March 2003 Marine Star is still laid up in Lackawanna, New York (Buffalo harbor) at the western end of Lake Erie. It is quite unlikely that she will ever sail again.

Information sources - Lloyds Registers & American Bureau of Shipping 1961
Additional information - Moran's Shoreside Companion for Great Lakes Ships - by William P. Moran

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