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. She was refitted and modernized in the 1960's, and had her size and tonnage increased. She was sold several times until the late 1980's, when she was sold for scrapping and 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 and drifted away totally out of control. 18. January 1994 she hit ground outside Playa De Garcey on the west coast of Fuerteventura, and six months later she was declared a total loss. The wreck was slowly grinded down over the years, and today wreck debris is spread out all over the wreck site in shallow waters.

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
( TH )

Picture: American Star shipwrecked
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Last updated: December 2020