Aquarama

Posted: 25 December, 2008 by SeaBart in special
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Dunno Source via the Interweb

Dunno Source via the Interweb

Aquarama

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.

Picture by Stuart Evans via the Interweb

Picture by Stuart Evans via the Interweb

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.

Dunno source via Wikipedia

Dunno source via Wikipedia

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.

Dunno source via www.angelfire.com

Dunno source via http://www.angelfire.com

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.

Picture by Jeff Cameron via www.wellandcanal.ca

Picture by Jeff Cameron via http://www.wellandcanal.ca

Picture by Jeff Cameron via www.wellandcanal.ca

Picture by Jeff Cameron via http://www.wellandcanal.ca

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…….

Picture by Mr. Selim San, Izmir via punaro.com

Picture by Mr. Selim San, Izmir via punaro.com

Picture by Mr. Selim San, Izmir via punaro.com

Picture by Mr. Selim San, Izmir via punaro.com

Picture by Mr. Selim San, Izmir via punaro.com

Picture by Mr. Selim San, Izmir via punaro.com

More information & pictures here, here, there & there.

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Comments
  1. Alex says:

    “Detroit industrialist bought her in 19554”

    That’s such a long time ago. 😉

  2. seabart says:

    Ooops…I stand corrected! thnx!

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  4. g says:

    it is not a ugly ship it is just made with the bridge in a fake funnel get rid of the info about it

  5. FOYEN says:

    Robot V.I.N.CENT from the film “The Black Hole” (1979) is what pops up in memory from looking at this ship.

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