Afric Star - London, England


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The 1974/75-built, 11,093-dwt, 10,012-grt, general and refrigerated cargo carrier Afric Star is seen in this photograph while she was transiting upbound in the Welland Canal during the morning hours of September 20th, 1976. At the time it was taken she was sailing southbound in the canal approaching lock 8 which is located in Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada. Photo by Barry Andersen.

She was built in Middlesbrough, England by the Smith's Dock Company Ltd. for the Glencairn Shipping Company Ltd., (Blue Star Shipmanagement Ltd), London, England. Construction of the ship began early in 1974 and in September of that year the nearly completed hull was launched. During July of 1975 she entered service as Afric Star. This is a name she eventually carried through her entire career right up until she was retired in 2001.

She measured 155.81' x 21.37' x 12.70' and was powered by a 9-cylinder B&W diesel engine that could produce up to 17,400 horsepower which could push the ship along at speeds of up to 24 knots. The engine had been built by J.G. Kincaid & Sons Ltd in Greenock, England.

Through her career she operated for Wallem Shipmanagement of Hong Kong, Columbia Shipmanagement of Cyprus, Blue Star Line of United Kingdom, Cool Carriers of Sweden and Star Reefers, England. In 1987 she was renamed Lanark then in 1988 her name reverted to Afric Star. She was finally sold during 2001 by Angela Holdings S.A. (Target Marine S.A.), Bahamas to breakers in India for around $930,000 (US). On September 18th, 2001, she arrived off Alang and subsequently ran herself up on the scrapping beach where she was broken up.

Above information courtesy Lloyds Registers & Marine News (WSS). If you would like to contribute any additional details about the history of this ship please Contact me so the information can be presented here with the picture.


Posted: December 23, 2002       Last Revised: December 23, 2002
Photo by Barry Andersen (T1, S59) - Copyright © - 1976, 2002

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