American Star

Canary Islands,Europe

America was laid down at Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Company in August 1938 and was launched in August 1939. She was used as a troop transport for US Navy during world war two, and then as a ocean liner and passenger ship under several names and for several companies. She was refitted and modernized in the 1960s, and had her size and tonnage increased. She was sold several times until the late 1980s, when she was sold for scrapping, and was partly dismantled. In 1992 she was again sold, destined for Thailand and a new life as a floating hotel. She left Greece under tow 3.December 1993, but outside the Canary Islands they sailed into a storm a few weeks later. The crew was rescued by helicopter and America Star as she again was named, drifted away totally out of control. 18.January 1994 she hit ground outside Playa De Garcey. Six months later she was declared a total loss, and for many years the wreck was visible on the surface. She broke in two parts at some point, but today also the bow section has collapsed and disappeared. Wreck debris is spread out over a large area around on the wreck site on the west coast of Fuerteventura.

Former names:
American Star
America, West Point, Australis, Italis, Noga
723,0 x 93,0 x 33,0 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
33961 grt
Newport News ( US ) 1939
( N )

ePicture: AMerican Star shipwrecked in Fuerteventura in 1994
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Last updated: December 2020