BRISBANE STAR BRISBANE STAR Add to My Archive Modify Page Content Ship Details Built 1937 Built In Birkenhead Tonnage 1,1076g 6,787n Built By Cammell Laird & Co.Ltd. Dimensions 548'11" x 70'3" x 29'6" Demise Lamport & Holt Line Ltd., reg. London VoyagesView Full List 1954 ➜ 6 October 1954 BRISBANE STAR Port Adelaide 1949 ➜ 15 June 1949 BRISBANE STAR London 1938 ➜ 21 December 1938 BRISBANE STAR Port Adelaide Media BRISBANE STAR Upload Media Comment Myself as a 6 months old baby Rick Wraight (not verified) on Thu, 2020-08-27 07:07 Myself as a 6 months old baby plus my mother and father departed Port Melbourne ( bound for the UK )around March 1944...being the only passengers on board we sailed from Port Phillip Bay at 2.00 am for New Zealand ( empty of cargo) to pick up 10,000 tons of chilled lamb and butter. Loaded took 2 weeks when we then departed for New York via the Panama Canal to join an Atlantic Ocean crossing convoy. My father, as a highly-skilled scientist and mathematician,worked up a planned track across the Atlantic that, in his and the Brisbane Star's captain opinion, would fool any german U-boat skipper, so the decision was made not to join a relatively slow New York convoy. The ship was capable of 25+ knots and after 10 days of zigging and zagging the UK was reached safely. At least 3 attempts were made by U-boats to torpedo the ship with my mother describing the terror of watching the torpedoes wakes go very close the ship. After we disembarked I think the Brisbane Star repeated the voyage, again safely. We then spent the rest of the war 15 kilometres outside Liverpool in the small village of Willaston with my father travelling daily in an ammunitions and small arms factory in Bootle ( the industrial part of Liverpool) where he worked as a research scientist. Please contact me should you have an interest. [email protected] reply Your Stories Your name * E-mail * Post your story * Submit Leave this field blank Share this Page Share this ship with your friends and followers online.