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Photographer:Chris Howell [View profile]Title:E. EVANGELIAAdded:Jun 13, 2019
Captured:June 11, 2019IMO:5291381Hits:1,073
Location:Constantza, Romania
Photo Category: Wrecks & Relics
One of life’s bonuses is to receive photos of something you really want.

Such was the case this morning when a friend of mine who I met as agent for MSC at Bluff, he is a Chief Officer sent through some recent shots of the ex Saxon Star, to my knowledge the last remnant of Blue Star Line still aground in Romania, now a popular tourist attraction with local tour boats, there is no intention to break her up.
Hope you enjoy them

Valentin added

On the stbd side of the wreck there is a huge hole. It seems that when the revolution took place in '89, they "thought" that some terrorists are hiding inside and sent some torpedoes. The deck collapsed as well...

Photo Valentin Balasa

Completed 1942 as EMPIRE STRENGTH
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wrecked 43.58N/28.39E 19.10.68 [Rijeka-Constanta, ballast]

(note from editor PCE-PI: this vessel never had an IMO, British number 1168519, see discussion at:

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NeilB on Jun 18, 2019 17:08 (1 month ago)
To Mrs. D. : and British ON is "Official Number"
victor radio74 on Jun 14, 2019 22:32 (1 month ago)
To Mrs D : Miramar is a private web
Chris Howell on Jun 14, 2019 20:36 (1 month ago)
Thanks David for seeing the advantage of having a number, even though it is not correct, it serves with older ships to link the names together, ie Saxon Star, E. Evangelia.

But once again another storm in a teacup, thanks for your comment P.F. Kerr, something far more interesting.
Mrs. D on Jun 14, 2019 19:52 (1 month ago)
I am going to show my ignorance here, but can someone please tell me what "British ON" and "Miramar" ID stand for?
davidships on Jun 14, 2019 16:21 (1 month ago)
OK guys. Facts:
1) the ship never had a unique 7-digit LR/IMO number
2) it did have a unique LR number 529138 (and seven-digit numbers based on these will not be issued as an IMO number to any other ships)
3) she never had a British ON 1168519, it was 168519
4) Miramar constructed 1168519 for its internal ID - we do not use these, not least becuase they are subject to change

However, in order to gain the linking advantage without losing consistency of approach, I am content to allow 5291381.
Bob Scott on Jun 14, 2019 15:37 (1 month ago)
This vessel had a Lloyd’s Register six-digit number 529138. Had it survived a couple of years longer, the seventh digit with which it would have been suffixed would have been 1
asnyk on Jun 14, 2019 13:02 (1 month ago)
If that's not IMO number then what is it then? After all, IMO numbers are seven digits.
Phil English on Jun 14, 2019 11:08 (1 month ago)
Here we go again with the discussion about IMO numbers. The only official source for IMO numbers is Lloyds/IHS/Equasis/Class society records. Anything else is subject to error, is a Miramar ID, or has been bastardized from an original 6-digit LR number. As such, 5291381 is not an IMO number.
P.F. KERR on Jun 13, 2019 22:22 (1 month ago)
I remember seeing the "SAXON STAR" alongside Birch Street Wharf, Dunedin, NZ in about 1957, when kids were tolerated on the wharf as long as they kept out of the way.

As for this being the last Blue Star ship afloat or aground, please refer to the photo, comments and links I added for "JULIA ANNA", IMO:5407655:
which show her disintegrating against the shore in Guiana. She was the former "ORWELL STAR" a short-sea vessel built in 1956.
asnyk on Jun 13, 2019 11:20 (1 month ago)
IMO 5291381.
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