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Name: BRITISH STAR
Type: Tanker
Launched: 14/02/1918
Completed: 03/1918
Builder: Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd
Yard: Low Walker
Yard Number: 1040
Dimensions: 6888grt, 4080nrt, 430.0 x 57.0 x 33.1ft
Engines: T3cyl (27, 45 & 74 x 54ins), 620nhp
Engines by: Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd
Propulsion: 1 x Screw, 11.0knots
Construction: Steel
Reg Number: 142337
History:
03/1918 British Government (British Tanker Co, managers), London
16/08/1937 British Royal Navy (Royal Fleet Auxilliary); renamed OLYNTHUS
1947 Esco Shipping & Trading Co Ltd (Japp, Hatch & Co, managers), London
1949 Ditta Luigi Pittaluga Vapori, Genoa; renamed PENSILVANIA
04/1960 Broken up
Comments: 03/1918: Reported cost 216,799 to build
26/03/1918: Torpedoed 1 mile east of Tyne by U-Boat UB78. Returned to Tyne for repairs
04/1960: Broken up at Savona


Above photo courtesy of Richard Cox