MV California Star (1945)

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Name: Empire Clarendon (1945-47)
Tuscan Star (1947-48)
Timaru Star (1948-58)
Californina Star (1958-69)
Owner: Ministry of War Transport (1945-46)
Frederick Leyland & Co Ltd (1946-49)
Lamport & Holt Line Ltd (1949-59)
Blue Star Line Ltd (1959-69)
Operator: Peninsular & Orient Steam Navigation Co Ltd (1945-47)
Blue Star Line Ltd (1947-49)
Lamport & Holt Line Ltd (1949-59)
Blue Star Line Ltd (1959-69)
Port of registry: United Kingdom Belfast (1945-47)
United Kingdom United Kingdom (1947-49)
United Kingdom Liverpool (1949-69)
Builder: Harland & Wolff Ltd
Yard number: 1231
Launched: 14 May 1945
Completed: October 1945
Identification: Code Letters GKKM
United Kingdom Official Number 168540
IMO Number 5058002 ( -1969)
Fate: Scrapped
General characteristics
Class and type: Refrigerated cargo liner
Tonnage: 8,577 GRT
6,826 NRT
Length: 457 feet 3 inches (139.37 m)
Beam: 63 feet 3 inches (19.28 m)
Depth: 30 feet 0 inches (9.14 m)
Installed power: 2SCDA diesel engine
Propulsion: Screw propellor
Speed: 14 knots (26 km/h)
Capacity: 35 passengers (1945-48)
12 passengers (1948-69)

California Star was a 8,577 GRT refrigerated cargo liner which was built in 1945 as Empire Clarendon by Harland & Wolff Ltd, Belfast for the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). In 1947 she was sold and renamed Tuscan Star, then Timaru Star in 1948. She was sold again in 1950 and was renamed California Star in 1959. She was scrapped in 1969.


The ship was built by Harland & Wolff Ltd, Belfast as yard number 1231. She was launched on 4 May 1945 and completed in October 1945.[1]

The ship was 457 feet 3 inches (139.37 m) long, with a beam of 63 feet 3 inches (19.28 m) and a depth of 30 feet 0 inches (9.14 m). She had a GRT of 8,577 and a NRT of 6,826.[2] Accommodation was provided for 35 passengers. This was reduced to 12 in 1948.[3]

The ship was propelled by a 2-stroke Single Cycle Double Acting diesel engine, which had eight cylinders of 21½ inches (55 cm) diameter by 63 inches (160 cm) stroke.[2] The engine was built by Burmeister & Wain.[1]


Empire Clarendon was built for the MoWT.[4] She was a sister ship to Empire Abercorn.[1]

On 27 November 1946, Empire Clarendon was sold to Frederick Leyland & Co Ltd. She was placed under the management of the Blue Star Line Ltd.[1] In 1947 she was renamed Tuscan Star, followed by another renaming to Timaru Star in 1948.[4] In 1949, she was sold to Lamport & Holt Line Ltd, Liverpool. She was renamed California Star in 1958, and sold to the Blue Star Line Ltd in 1959.[1] With the introduction of IMO Numbers, 5058002 was allocated to California Star.[5] In March 1968 California Star was laid up in the River Blackwater, Essex. Re-entering service by July 1968,[6] she served until 1969, when she was sold to Tsuan Yau Steel & Iron Works Co Ltd. She arrived on 21 April 1969 at Kaohsiung, Taiwan for scrapping, which was commenced on 20 May 1969.[1]


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