BREMER VULKAN. The Launch of the Refrigerated Motorship "Newcastle Star" on Monday the 28th of May, 1956, 17.45 h Constructed for the Blue Star Line Ltd., London. [Vegesack], Bremer Vulkan, 1956.
Oblong 8vo. Original folder, lettered in gilt; pp. [1, carbon-copied typed title], seating plan and 8 original photos (122 x 168 mm) mounted on cards; rather well preserved.
The third of five ships built for the Blue Star Line in Germany, of which the Canberra Star, Hobart Star & Newcastle Star were sisters. The Gladstone Star and Townsville Star differed slightly in design. The building of these vessels abroad caused some adverse comment at the time. The name Newcastle Star refers to Newcastle, N.S.W., not the the one on the River Tyne. The Blue Star Line had been founded in 1909 by the Vestey brothers principally for the carriage of frozen produce initially from South America and China.