The Life & Death of the "America"
The pictures on this page were taken from a French video documentary
called "Vie Et Mort De L'America". The film was produced by
Oliver Guiton in 1996.Once the pride of America, the former S. S. America\West
Point\Australis\Italis and Noga, was now just left to rust away in a
bay near Athens for 10 years before she was sold to a Taiwanese
Company to be turned into a Floating Hotel.
Wadie N'Seir purchased the ship in 1984, but, did not use her straight away
as his intentions were to take her to Beirut, Lebanon and turn her
into a floating Hotel, but he could not put her there because of the
growing tensions in that country. He was afraid he would lose her if
he went to that country. She lay idle for almost ten years with
several ideas for her future coming to mind, one of them was the US
Government wanted to buy her and turn her into a prison ship on the
Hudson River near New York. Ten years on and she lay rusting away in
Eleusis Bay, in that time she almost sank several times. But by the
end of 1992 Wadie N'Seir had had enough and decided to sell her on to
a Company in Thailand who were once again going to turn her into a
She was made sea worthy and changed her name to
"American Star", this was her last time at sea as on her
way to Thailand her tow ropes broke and after drifting for a day she
ended up on a beach in the Canary Islands.
The film was a co-production with:
AU LARGE DE L`EDEN.
The pictures above are of her laid up in Eleusis Bay, Greece and are taken from a French tv documentary.
Welcome all visitors to the S.S. Australis Website, which has now been online since 1998!
I will continue to update the site if I receive a new story, or if you have interesting photos taken on the ship during your voyage
on either the southbound, northbound, or on one of the South Pacific cruises. We used to do those trips several times a year
from Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland (New Zealand).
I am deeply moved by the interest and wonderful contributions from the numerous passengers and crew over many years.
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