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The ship that would later become the
much-loved MV Australasia Down Under was built by John
Cockerill S.A. at
MS Baudouinville (1) was destroyed by the Germans
MS Baudouinville was named after her
predecessor Baudouinville (1) which was built in 1939 and was captured by the
Germans in 1940 and destroyed by mines in 1944 in
MS Baudouinville 1950 - 1957
Here is a fine view of the MS Baudouinville (2) in her early days
Baudouinville (2) was launched on March 4,
1950 and delivered to Cie.
Maritime Belge on September 7. She departed
Twin Bedded Cabin on B Deck
Deluxe Cabin on C Deck
Dinning Room on D Deck
Launched: March 4, 1950.
Delivered: September 7.
Tonnage: 10,854 GRT.
Length: 153.7m / 505ft.
Width: 19.6m / 64.3ft.
Engine: 2 x 8-cyl Burmeister & Wain oil engines by the builder.
Speed: 15.5 knots.
Passengers: 248 Max.
This the later version the MS Baudouinville (3) seen in 1957
Later she became the P&O popular MV Cathay sailing between Australia & Asia
MS Thysville … 1957 - 1961
Seen as the Thysville after having her engines turbo charged in August 1957
When a new and larger MV Baudouinville (3) had
been built and commenced sailing, Baudouinville (2) was renamed Thysville on
June 1, 1957. It was decided to give her an extensive engine refit in early
August. When complete she ran her sea trials on August 16, operating at 9,250
BHP and reaching a respectable 16.5 knots having been turbo charged.
She returned to the
Booth Line made her a Royal Mail Ship, thus she became RMS Anselm
In February 1961 she was sold to the Vestey
Group who took delivery of her on March 13 and assigned her to the Booth Line
of Liverpool who renamed her Anselm. She was about to be given an extensive
refit at the Mercantile Marine Engineering & Graving Dock Co, in Antwerp as
she was about to become a two class ship, thus a new lounge, as well as cabins
and a dinning room would be added on D Deck starboard side aft. A new galley
had to be built as well as a new hospital. She would now accommodate 135 First
Class and 101 Tourist Class passengers. In addition
MS Baudouinville seen here in 1961 as the Booth Line - Anselm
© A painting by Wallace Trickett NZ –
After her refit she was listed at 10,868 GRT and
on June 16, 1961 she commenced her new service from Liverpool to
Anselm seen just after having entered service
Anselm seen not long before her transfer to Blue Star Line
Photograph by L. A. Baker – R. Goossens Collection
MS Iberia Star … 1963 - 1965
Postcard of the Iberia Star – Note the pool area aft of the funnel and the lack of portholes aft
The Vestey Group decided in April 1963 to
transfer her to the Blue Star Line of London and she was suitably renamed
Iberia Star. This time she was suitably refitted at the
As she now operated with just 76 passengers it
was decided to remove two of her aft lifeboats, leaving her four forward
lifeboats in place. With the refit complete the smart looking MS Iberia Star
commenced on the
The aft Smoking Room & Bar – originally the Tourist Class lounge
The Pool located topside
However, again this venture lasted for
only for two years and Iberia Star was transferred to another Vestey company in
the Southern Hemisphere on August 22, 1965.
However, again this venture lasted for only for two years and Iberia Star was transferred to another Vestey company in the Southern Hemisphere on August 22, 1965.
MV Australasia … 1965 – 1972
Austasia Lines MV Australasia
Renamed MV Australasia she headed for
Australasia arrived in
Images from an MV Australasia Brochure
The brochure below (and images taken from it)
was kindly provided by
This brochure was produced before she was re registered
Smoking Room and Bar
Games Room – There was also a Library and Reading Room
The Dinning Room
The pool located topside, just aft of the funnel
A typical promo shot for the MV Australasia brochure
As a One Class British liner she was manned by British officers and engineers and Asian Stewards and Stewardesses. Besides the comfortable traditional beautifully timber panelled lounges and bars, she had a variety of accommodations available, with two, three and four berth cabins. In addition there were single rooms as well as special double deluxe staterooms. The majority of cabins had private facilities and she was fully air-conditioned.
Australasia was a popular ship, both as a
cruise ship for round voyages to and from
She was reregistered from English to
Singaporean registry on July 28, 1970. However, it had become obvious that
MV Australasia in port
Photographer unknown – Please note the photo notes at bottom of page
In 1972 it became evident to Austasia Line
(Vestey) that the ship engines were deteriorating and maintenance had become
prohibitive, thus the company decided that they would place her on the market.
Whilst she was in port in Fremantle she was purchased by Euroasia Carriers of
Singapore on December 10, 1972. However, they resold her the same day to
Nissan-Iwai Co Ltd, of
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