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Fairsea (1941)
Sitmar Line

  • Length: 150 m
  • Beam: 21,1 m
  • GRT: 13,432 t
  • Built: 1941 Sun Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co, Chester, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Operator: Sitmar, Genoa
  • Speed: 16 kn
  • Passengers: 1,460
  • Former names: Rio De La Plata 1941, Charger 1942-1949

She was launched as a C3 freight and passenger ship in 1941, but was fitted out as an escort carrier for the US Navy in March 1942 and was soon transferred to the Royal Navy.

In 1949 she was purchased by the Alvion Steam Ship Co, Panama and refitted as a passenger ship for the route Bremerhaven - Sydney.

In 1955 sold to Sitmar (Societa Italiana Trasporti Marittimi), for Southampton - Sydney service, later Greenock - Quebec, Bremen - Greenock - Quebec - Montreal - New York.

In 1968 sold to Passenger Liner Services, Inc, Panama.

On 01-29-1969, while bound from Sydney to Southampton a fire started in the engine room, 900 miles west of the Panama Canal and was towed to Balboa by the US freighter Louise Lykes.

She was laid up and on 08-06-1969 arrived at La Spezia, Italy for demolition in tow by the tug Vortice.

Immigrant ship voyages Fremantle, Australia:

  • http://www.immigrantships.net/v3/1900v3/fairsea19500302.html

Sources:

  • Immigrant Ships information - http://www.fortunecity.com/littleitaly/amalfi/13/shipc.htm
  • TSS Fairsea (1941) - http://shiplover.webspace4free.biz/Italy/Fairsea.html