IMO : 5021114
Build : 1945 by Sun Shipbuilding & Drydock Company, Chester, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. , nr 357 as Marine Star, a Liberty type troop carrier (C4-S-B5)
Converted: 1955 by Todd Shipyard Corporation drydock, Brooklyn, New York to a cruiseferry, renamed Aquarama
This one did not really start out as an ugly ship, once she was quit a beautiful vessel but she turned into just another neglected old rusty & ugly vessel. The story around her is a bit sad.
She started life as a Liberty-type troop carrier (not being famous for being the most beautiful vessel in the world) but only made one trip crossing the Atlantic and then the war ended. Laid up for about 8 years, a Detroit industrialist bought her in 1954 and converted her into the cruise ferry in the pics you are looking at now.
She cruised the Lakes between Cleveland and Detroit where she was immensely popular, entertaining thousands of passengers on their “cruise” with the latest technology, theaters, 2 dance floors, 4 restaurants, a cafetaria and loads more. An ocean liner on the Great Lakes, unfortunately she wasn’t really economical.
She was also renowned for the mishaps she encountered: She rammed the sea wall of what is now Windsor’s Dieppe Gardens, crashed into the Detroit News Docks, bumped into a U.S. Navy cruiser near Cleveland and a little 2 year old girl got pulled of the beach by her wake, nearly drowning her.
In 1962 she was mothballed and in 1987 a syndicate of businessmen, headed by a certain mr James Everatt bought her to be converted into a floating casino. Unfortunately all the plans they had with her went tits up by various reasons, leaving the vessel being towed all over the place until the syndicate found a spot for her near Windsor where she was laid up for 6 years.
After that she she was towed to Buffalo and berthed at an unused grain elevator for another 12 years. Until in 2007 the whole story ended when she was sold to a breakers-yard in Aliaga, Turkey. During her lifespan of 62 years she only sailed the seas for about 8 years…….