MV Brisbane Star

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MV Brisbane Star during World War II
Name: MV Brisbane Star
Owner: Union Cold Storage Co. Ltd., 1937-1942
Frederick Leyland & Co. Ltd., 1942-1950
Lamport & Holt Line, 1950-1959
Blue Star Line Ltd., 1959-1963
Margalante Compania Naviera S.A., 1963
Builder: Cammell Laird, Birkenhead
Laid down: 7 July 1936
Launched: January 1937
Commissioned: 10 July 1942
Decommissioned: 15 October 1963
Fate: Sold for scrapping, 1963
General characteristics [1]
Type: Refrigerated cargo ship
Tonnage: 11,076 GT (gross tonnage)
6,787 NT (net tonnage)
Length: 530 ft (160 m)
Beam: 70 ft 4 in (21.44 m)
Draught: 32 ft 2 in (9.80 m)
Propulsion: 2 × 10-cylinder Sulzer Bros. oil engines, twin screws
Service record
Operations: Operation Pedestal, 1942

MV Brisbane Star was a refrigerated cargo liner built by Cammell Laird & Company Ltd. Shipyards in Birkenhead, United Kingdom for Union Cold Storage and launched in 1937. The ship had a long career in the British Merchant Navy, and it was involved in many operations during the Second World War.

Ship history[edit]

MV Brisbane Star arrives at Malta, 15 August 1942
Brisbane Star's damaged bow at Malta, 1942

MV Brisbane Star was damaged by the German Luftwaffe during "Operation Pedestal", when ship was torpedoed on 12 August 1942, sustaining extensive damage to its bows, which were almost torn off the ship. Brisbane Star arrived in Malta's harbour on 14 August. One crew member was lost during the operation.

In 1942 the ship was transferred to Frederick Leyland & Co. Ltd. under the same managers. In 1950 the ship was transferred to Lamport & Holt line and then transferred again in 1959 to Blue Star Line Ltd. In July 1963 Brisbane was sold to Margalante Compania Naviera S.A., Liberia, and renamed Enea. Later in 1963 the ship was sold to Japanese shipbreakers Izumi-Ohtsu where it was scrapped.


  1. ^ "Brisbane Star 1". Retrieved 2009-12-04. 

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