Recent updates to the site.
If you are a regular visitor to my web site, this page is a quick reference source for any recent information which I have access to. The updated information [see below] will be dated and a link is available to the relevant sections of the web site.
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New on the 03-06-2017:
John Proffitt was on the ship in 1970 when fire broke out, read his account of what happened: John Proffitt’s memoirs of Fire on board S.S. Australis in 1970


New on the 21-05-2017:
Another selection of photos taken by an ex-passenger in 1975: Georgina Chamber's Picture Gallery


New on the 06-03-2017:
A selection of 20 photos taken by an ex-passenger during a Northbound voyage in 1975: Wayne Eddy's Picture Gallery


New on the 16-02-2017:
Ken Brewer and his family sailed on the Australis from Southampton in April 1973: Ken Brewer's Picture Gallery


New on the 09-09-2015:
Pictures from the Australis taken in late 1977: David Harman's Picture Gallery


New on the 29-03-2015:
Photos taken by an ex-crew member from 1976: Jackie Duckworth's (nee - MCKINLAY) Picture Gallery


New on the 05-02-2015:
These pictures were taken in 1972 by an ex-passenger: Jackie Wenham's Picture Gallery


New on the 31-05-2014:
A few photos from a southbound voyage in 1970: Del Parry's Picture Gallery


New on the 05-05-2014:
These pictures were taken on the ship in the late sixties: Peter Baunsgaard's Picture Gallery


New on the 14-04-2014:
View photos taken by an ex-crew member: Antonios Exintaris's Picture Gallery


New on the 07-04-2014:
Read about Glenn Martin's voyage Northbound, from 1974: Glenn Martin's Northbound Adventure in 1974


New on the 13-03-2014:
More photos from ex Master-at-Arms Tom Whyte, taken in the 1960's-`70's: Tom Whyte's Picture Gallery, Pt. 2.


New on the 14-02-2014:
A new book incorporating interesting S.S. Australis memoirs: Life's A Ship And Then You Fly


New on the 25-01-2014:
Tom Whyte was a Master-at-Arms on several Chandris ships in the 1960's-`70's: Tom Whyte's Picture Gallery, Pt. 1.


New on the 27-07-2013:
Wayne Jacksons story of his trip on the Australis in 1977: Memories of the cruise


New on the: 20-05-2013.
I have picked 75 photos kindly sent by an ex-passenger. He took them on a voyage in 1977: Wayne Jackson's Picture Gallery


New on the: 23-02-2012.
Crew member shares photos of her trip on the Australis: : Josie's Picture Gallery


New on the: 12-02-2012.
Ex-Stewardess writes about her time working on the S. S. Australis in 1976: : Ex-Crew Member Josie Worked As A Stewardess


New on the: 09-11-2011.
See the latest pictures of the American Star wreck: Christian Gepp's Picture Gallery


New on the: 15-10-2011.
Ex-passenger Jake Jagt has sent me a YouTube link to a piece of cine film that his father took on the Australis in 1971: S. S. Australis.

Many thanks to Jake Jagt for his contribution to the site


New on the: 19-02-2011.
Ian Best sent these in slide format which I have transferred, so that we can all view them: Ian Best's Picture Gallery.


New on the: 28-01-2011.
Another set of photos from 1972 taken by an ex-passengers: Angelika & Franz Herbertz's Picture Gallery, Pt. 2.


New on the: 31-12-2010.
A small set of pictures taken on the Australis in 1972: Angelika & Franz Herbertz's Picture Gallery.


New on the: 14-11-2010.
A great collection of photos taken on both the Ellinis & Australis: Lenny & Markus Seifert's Picture Gallery.


New on the: 21-09-2010.
Photos taken by an ex-passanger on the southbound voyage in 1969: Ann De Jong's Picture Gallery.


New on the: 02-09-2010.
A few pictures taken by an ex-passanger in 1969: Joy Ruscoe's Picture Gallery.


New on the: 17-07-2010.
More pictures taken by ex-crew member Ron Hall: Ron Hall's Picture Gallery, Pt. 2.


New on the: 23-06-2010.
Ron Hall and I joined the ship at the same time, here are the photos he took: Ron Hall's Picture Gallery.


New on the: 12-02-2010.
A small selection of pictures have been added from an ex-passenger: Simon Whittle's Picture Gallery.


New on the: 20-01-2010.
A new slideshow of memorabilia has been added from ex-passenger Errol Munn:  Errol Munn's Memorabilia Slideshow.


New on the: 21-11-2009.
Jeroen Van Der Beek travelled from New Zealand on the 31st of December, 1973:  Jeroen Van Der Beek's Picture Gallery.


New on the: 30-10-2009.
June Nicholls travelled on the Australis in 1973:  June Nicholl's Picture Gallery.


New on the: 22-09-2009.
Bruce Van Essen has sent me his pictures taken on the Australis in the seventies:  Bruce Van Essen's Picture Gallery.


New on the: 29-06-2009.
Another passenger has kindly sent me a few pictures and memorabilia to add to the site:  Rob Prins Picture Gallery.


New on the: 21-06-2009.
Just a few photos from an ex-passenger who travelled on the ship in 1970:  Carol Romanella's Picture Gallery.


New on the: 30-05-2009.
Ros Dawes is an ex-crew member - she has sent some photos for me to add to the site: Ros Dawes Picture Gallery.


New on the: 16-05-2009.
Norbert Raab has sent me a very interesting video taken of the wreck: Norbert Raab's S. S. Australis/American Star Video.


New on the: 29-03-2009.
View the most recent photos taken at the wreck of the American Star: The American Star Picture Gallery.


New on the: 22-02-2009.
New photos from one of the ex-crew who worked on the Australis in `77: John Dunlea's Picture Gallery.


New on the: 24-01-2009.
Just a few pictures taken by an ex-passenger: Martin Todd's Picture Gallery.


New on the: 10-01-2009.
View more photos from ex Master-at-Arms Thomas Hendrie: Thomas Hendrie's Picture Gallery 2.


New on the: 14-12-2008.
A selection of photos taken by ex Master-at-Arms Thomas Hendrie: Thomas Hendrie's Picture Gallery 1.


New on the: 27-02-2008.
View a set of photos from an ex-passenger: Chris Rabet's Picture Gallery.


New on the: 12-02-2008.
View the most recent photos of the American Star wreck: The American Star Picture Gallery.


New on the: 08-06-2007.
Read Pat Pettett's account of the fire on the Australis in 1970: Pat Pettett's Story of the Fire in 1970.


New on the: 01-06-2007.
New photos of the Australis at Southampton in 1976 & `77: Andy Crespin's Picture Gallery.


New on the: 27-05-2007.
View photos taken on a South Pacific cruise in 1966: Tony Morse Picture Gallery.


New on the: 09-01-2007.
A selection of an ex-crew members photos taken between 1973 and `78: Linda Duncan's Picture Gallery.


New on the: 01-01-2007.
Robert Toet recalls the fire on the Australis during a Toastmaster speech: Robert Toet's story "Drill or No Drill"


New on the: 05-12-2006.
A tribute from Jim Galloway's brother: A Tribute to Jim Galloway


New on the: 15-11-2006.
Ex-Inventory Officer\Master-at-Arms Jim Galloway 1942 - 2006: Jim Galloway 1942 - 2006


New on the: 26-10-2006.
Photos were taken on the 12th. of October by Juan and Malene Calbarro: The American Star Picture Gallery.


New on the: 21-10-2006.
The very latest photos taken at the wreck: The American Star Picture Gallery.


New on the: 14-10-2006.
A few newspaper articles about the fire on the ship in 1968: The Cape Times Newspaper Article


New on the: 04-10-2006.
Read what the Fuerteventura tourist brochure says about the wreck: The American Star - A disappearing ship.

Many thanks to Sean Handley for supplying the extract from the brochure.


New on the: 01-10-2006.
Sonia and Eddy Devroey's set of photos of the wreck taken on the 23/09/`06: The American Star Picture Gallery.


New on the: 16-7-2006.
A second set of pictures from ex-passenger Paul Clement: Paul Clement's Picture Gallery Part Two.


New on the: 23-6-2006.
Surinder Paul Saini was a crew member from May 1972 through to September 1977: Surinder Paul Saini's Picture Gallery.


New on the: 17-6-2006.
Paul Clement was on a southbound voyage in 1971: Paul Clement's Picture Gallery.


New on the: 13-6-2006.
Lorraine and Rod have a few photos to share with everyone: Lorraine and Rod`s photos


New on the: 2-6-2006.
Lorraine and Rod left Southampton in February 1974, bound for New Zealand: Lorraine and Rod`s southbound trip to New Zealand.


New on the: 26-5-2006.
In 1970 William Palk returned to the UK on the Australis: William Palk's northbound journey on the Australis.


New on the: 5-4-2006.
Steve Whittington has sent a couple of dramatic photos of the wreck: The American Star Picture Gallery.


New on the: 17-12-2005.
New photos of the American Star wreck, taken in December 2005: The American Star Picture Gallery.


New on the: 09-11-2005.
Vangel Cvetkovski emigrated to Australia from the former Yugoslavia in 1969: Vangel Cvetkovski's adventure on the SS Australis.


New on the: 26-10-2005.
Roger Harris has written his account of his journeys on the ship: A Cable & Wireless engineers cruise Story.


New on the: 06-09-2005.
New pictures of the Australis from an ex-passenger: Al Mote's Picture Gallery.


New on the: 20-02-2005.
Ex-Master-At-Arms Chris Preston has put together a list of over 500 former Chandris Lines Colleagues: Chris Prestons Crew List.

(You will need MS Excel to read the above list)


New on the: 12-01-2005.
An excellent selection of photos showing the American Star wreck: Christian Gepp's Picture Gallery.


New on the: 12-01-2005.
Newspaper Clippings about the fire on the Australis in 1970: Fiji Times Newspaper Clippings.

I have also updated the old newspaper clipping I received a few years ago: Fire on the Australis.


New on the: 03-07-2004.
Ex-crew member Lesley Nicholls has sent her photos: Lesley Nicholl's Picture Gallery.


New on the: 27-05-2004.
Sandra Byott has sent her photos for you all to enjoy: Sandra Byott's Picture Gallery.


New on the: 22-05-2004.
More Pictures from ex-crew member Roy Blinston: Roy Blinston's Picture Gallery Part Two.


New on the: 13-05-2004.
Photo collection taken by an ex-crew member: Roy Blinston's Picture Gallery.


New on the: 03-05-2004.
A new memorabilia slideshow: John McAleer's Memorabilia Slideshow


New on the: 25-04-2004.
View Lee Corpe's collection of photos: Lee Corpe's Picture Gallery.


New on the: 21-04-2004.
Ex-crew members small collection of photos: Efren Moldez's Picture Gallery.


New on the: 17-04-2004.
Nigel Vicars memorabilia Collection: Nigel Vicars Memorabilia Slideshow.


New on the: 22-03-2004.
View a set of photos taken by an ex-passenger: John McAleer's Picture Gallery.

Read a short story from John McAleer: Recollections of the S.S. Australis, 27 years on.


New on the: 17-03-2004.
Ex-passenger Lee Corpe tells us her story: Lee Corpe's Story and Picture page.


New on the: 22-02-2004.
Photos taken by an ex-passenger: Gary Fuller's Picture Gallery.


New on the: 15-12-2003.
A short story and photos by an ex-passenger: David Ross's Story and Picture page.


New on the: 23-09-2003.
View a collection of "Show" photos taken by my brother Ray: Ray Ironside's Patris "Show" photos.


New on the: 16-09-2003.
View a collection of "Show" memorabilia from my brother Ray Ironside: Ray Ironside's memorabilia collection.


An ex-passengers story of his trip on the Australis: Wolfram Dallwitz aboard the SS Australis in Feb/March 1970.


New on the: 13-09-2003.
Ex-Master at Arms Peter Evans photo collection: Peter Evans Picture Gallery.


Read ex-crew member Keith Weavers story from 1969: Keith Weavers Australis Adventure.


New on the: 11-09-2003.
Wolfram Dallwitz's third set of photos: Wolfram Dallwitz's Picture Gallery Part three.


New on the: 08-09-2003.
Bernie Carvell worked on the Ellinis and Australis, see his Ellinis collection here: Bernie Carvell's Picture Gallery.


New on the: 05-09-2003.
View my brothers "shows" picture collection: Ray Ironside's Picture Gallery Part One.


New on the: 30-08-2003.
Part one of Wolfram dallwitz picture collection: Wolfram Dallwitz's Picture Gallery Part One.


Part two of Wolfram's picture collection: Wolfram Dallwitz's Picture Gallery Part Two.

New on the: 17-07-2003.
I have changed the design of the Picture Gallery: Picture Gallery


New on the: 09-07-2003.
The third and final set of photos from ex-stewardess Vicky Penrice: Vicky Penrice's Picture Gallery Part Three.


New on the: 28-06-2003.
Second set of photos from ex-stewardess Vicky Penrice: Vicky Penrice's Picture Gallery Part Two.


New on the: 21-06-2003.
First set of photos from an ex-stewardess: Vicky Penrice's Picture Gallery Part One.


New on the: 16-06-2003.
A short story and pictures from an ex-passenger: Maureen Amor tells us her story.


New on the: 11-06-2003.
A memorabilia slideshow page has been added: Memorabilia Slideshows.


New on the: 23-04-2003.
Keith has also sent in an interesting account of his voyage:Our Voyage to New Zealand


New on the: 16-04-2003.
Read about and see photos taken at a crew reunion in Plymouth, UK: Crew reunion in Plymouth.


New on the: 2-04-2003.
A second set of photos have been sent in by an ex-passenger: Graham Lenton's Picture Collection.


New on the: 29-03-2003.
John Newton has sent in a few photos for the gallery: John Newton's Picture Collection.

An ex-passenger recalls the fire on voyage 13 Southbound: John Newton's account of the fire on the Australis in 1968


New on the: 14-03-2003.
A new story told by an ex-passenger set on voyage 27 Southbound: Alan Monroe's Story Of His Journey On The Australis


New on the: 4-03-2003.
Photos from ex-crew member Kerri addy: Kerri Addy's Picture Gallery.


New on the: 25-02-2003.
Great photos supplied by an ex-passenger and taken in 1976: Graham Lenton's Picture Gallery.


New on the: 22-02-2003.
16 photos supplied by an ex-passenger who travelled on the ship in 1972: Alan Waller's Picture Gallery.


New on the: 15-02-2003.
11 new photos taken on the Australis in 1973: Gavin Lee's Picture Gallery.


New on the: 8-02-2003.
A selection of interesting new memorabilia in a slideshow format: Chandris Lines Memorabilia.


New on the: 1-02-2003.
View 28 photos sent to me by two ex-crew members: The Crew Image Gallery.


New on the: 18-01-2003.
Ex-Gym Instructor\masseur Doug Till shares his thoughts and pictures of the Australis: Doug Till's Picture Gallery.


New on the: 14-12-2002.
This interesting story was submitted by ex-passenger Victor Willms: A cruise on the Australis by Victor Willms.


New on the: 07-12-2002.
Ex-Stewardess Glynis Savory has also sent me her collection of photos: Glynis Revell's Picture Gallery.


New on the: 30-11-2002.
Ex-Stewardess Patricia O'Brien has sent me her collection of photos: Patricia O'Brien Picture Gallery.


New on the: 23-11-2002.
View ex-Master-at-Arms Jimmy Galloways picture collection: Jimmy Galloway's Picture Gallery.


New on the: 16-11-2002.
A page dedicated to the late John L. Sullivan: The John L. Sullivan Picture Gallery.


New on the: 02-10-2002.
"The Soldier, the Sailor and the Singer, a new book written by Dodie Frost: The Soldier, the Sailor and the Singer.


New on the: 26-09-2002.
Commander D. Burling tells his story of the USS West Point: Commander D. Burling's story of the West Point


New on the: 03-08-2002.
Ian Byard was Senior Berthing Officer, he tells his story: Senior Berthing Officer Ian Byard tells his story.


New on the: 18-06-2002.
Read a newspaper article about the fire on the Australis: The fire of 1970.


New on the: 04-03-2002.
Recent addition of Welcome Aboard Booklet from Peter Brown: Welcome aboard booklets and menus.


New on the: 11-02-2002.
The latest set of photos are from February 1972, southbound:Peter Brown's Picture Gallery.


New on the: 23-01-2002.
This is the first of several updates in the next few weeks: Brian Hanson's Picture Gallery.


Read a new story submitted by Jerry who travelled on the Australis in 1977: Memories of the cruise


New on the: 28-7-2001
New photos, plans and sketches of the Australis conversion sent in by Arminio Lozzi: The American Star Conversion.


New on the: 11-04-2001
I have re-built the history pages adding new paragraphs and photos, split into two sections:

You can start at the beginning or go straight to part two below: History Part 1.


Part two carries on from when Chandris Lines purchased her:History Part 2.


New on the: 22-7-2000
This article is about the American Star dry docking and the preparation for the tow: Steamboat Bill.


New on the: 24-6-2000.
Read a very interesting letter written by Bill Lee who is a fellow admirer of the America: An S.S. America "Open Letter" by Bill Lee.


New on the: 21-8-`99.
A welcome page has been added, which includes a picture and e-mail address for my brother Ray:Click here.


New on the: 2-7-`99.
Pictures taken from a German documentary on the America Star, broadcast in 1999: Click here.


New on the: 22-5-`99.
Maritime Historian Bill Miller tells Demitri Kaparis` story:The Chandris Story as Told by Demitrios Kaparis.


View pictures of the ship as she lay rusting away in Piraeus, Greece: Click here.

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Regretfully I am "running down" the S. S. Australis website due to increasing family and health issues.

I may occasionally update the site if I receive a great story/photos from ex-crew only, if it is a new contact.

I know there are still stories to share from ex-crew all over the world, who haven't yet been in touch.

I am deeply moved by the interest and wonderful contributions from numerous passengers and crew over many years.

A HUGE THANK YOU.

Warm regards.

Ken.

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