My name is Ken Ironside and I was the gym instructor on the Chandris Lines flagship S. S. Australis in the mid-seventies. I originally built this site to try and find the hundreds of crew and passengers that I met during the years I worked on the ship. If you were on the ship as a passenger or crew member at any time in her history, I would love to hear from you either by e-mail or through the guestbook and\or forum. You will discover a wide range of interesting photos and memorabilia from ex-crew and passengers. Click on any of the links to the left or in the menu below this introduction to visit pages on the ships history, from her launch right through to the wreck as the American Star in 1994, or view photos of the Captain and crew from the period that I worked on the ship. As you finish reading through the complete history of the America\West Point\Australis\America Star, it's sad to think that she went aground on the West coast of Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands whilst being towed to Thailand in January 1994 (full story in the history part 2 section). By August of that year half of the wreck had collapsed into the sea,. Her final resting place is exposed and desolate, time is running out for her. Soon the sea will take her forever..... a fitting end for a fine ship.
|American Star Wreck|
|The sets of photos in this section are from the wreck of the American Star\America\Australis. Sadly now, the ship is collapsing seaward. Can it survive this winter?
The wreck of the American Star\Australis lies just off the beach at Playa De Garcey on the West side of the island.
My thanks go to Sonia and Eddy Devroey, Christian Urban, Matt and Sandy Barker, Steve Whittington and Jerry & Laura Clement-Howe for sending these high quality photos.
Maurice Horsburgh was an entertainer on the ship in the seventies and used to take part in lunchtime and evening shows in the Main Lounge and the Smoke Bar (i.e. Let's
have a Nightcap with Mo). He is now living in Queensland, Australia on the Gold Coast. Mo is also a member of the Queensland Accordion Club:
E-mail: Maurice Horsburgh.