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Accommodation Plan - Shaw Savill Line, SS Northern Star, circa 1962 Document Reg. No: HT 2652

Unfolded accommodation plan for Shaw Savill Liner S.S. Southern Cross. Northern Star. Colour illustrations (blue, green, black and yellow), showing sports deck, sun deck, lounge deck, promenade deck, main deck, restaurant deck, 'A' deck, 'B' deck and lower deck.

Launched in 1962, as a sister ship to the successful Southern Cross, the Northern Star was designed specifically for the migrant trade between Britain and Australia. Although able to carry 1,412 passengers she was plagued with mechanical problems, and when air travel saw a drop in passenger numbers she was sold for scrap in 1974.
Folded, single-sided pamphlet on matt paper. Colour illustrations of ship plans and black text. Text in English.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr John McKay, 2003
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 8.2 cm (Height), 21 cm (Width)
Dimension Comment: folded once, in half

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Tagged with: immigration, pamphlets, shipping, shipping lines, ship memorabilia, shipping industry, ships, plan drawings, accommodation, passenger list, cockburn, passenger lists
Themes this item is part of: Migration Collection, Transport Collection
Primary Classification: WATER TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Steam Power
Tertiary Classification: accommodation plans
User: Shaw, Savill & Albion Co. Ltd (Shaw, Savill & Albion Line), Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, circa 1962
Ship Depicted: ., circa 1962


John Pedersen Posted on 01 Jan 2013 11:45 PM
I was a passenger on the final cruise of the SS Northern Star. I'm very interested to get a high resolution scan of this accommodation plan. Would that be possible? The online version does not have the detail to see the cabin number layout.
Please let me know. If there is a charge to get a high resolution PDF, please let me know the cost.
Thank you in advance for any help you can offer. It would mean a great deal to me to have this.
Kind regards
John Pedersen
barry broadbridge Posted on 31 Mar 2013 8:43 PM
i migrated on the northern star arriving in nz on june second 1964 a nice vessel and great memories.shame she only had a short life,i was given a guided tour of the engine room and spent many a good night in the pig and whistle,(crew tavern)
Mark Wells Posted on 17 Jul 2013 4:43 AM
Perhaps I was your waiter Barry
Harry Posted on 18 Jul 2013 7:15 PM
I was a passenger on the Northern star in 1973. I left Melbourne and departed Auckland. It was a trip of a life time for me as I was only 17
joel schagen Posted on 12 Aug 2013 2:27 PM
Wonderful ship.I was a passenger on board with my family 1964
Tom Posted on 29 Aug 2013 12:33 AM
I was a radio officer on the Northern Star, did a couple of round the work trips on her and also celebrated my 21st birthday somewhere in the Pacific. Great memories.
Jean Posted on 07 Sep 2013 8:54 PM
It was a beautiful ship. I sailed Southampton to Melbourne 1971. Spent many hours in the superb paneled writing room and library. The food was great and the crew excellent. Happy Memories.
Andy Dobbs Posted on 20 Nov 2013 12:41 PM
I was very lucky to be a passenger on this wonderful ship departing Welligton on 11/3/1965 arriving in Southhampton on 12/4/1965. Brilliant memories and huge fun
JEAN POL DE GRAVE Posted on 27 Nov 2013 7:29 AM
I was very lucky to work on this ship between 73 and 74 Great memories fantastic experience
wonderful ship nice pig and whistle
Cathy Cooper Posted on 11 Dec 2013 6:51 PM
I was on the Northern Star with my family when the emigrated to NZ in 1964. I was only 4 and the tradional dancers who came on board to entertain us in Tahiti, took a fancy to me and tried to take me away with them! My frantic mother sent a launch out to get me back, but for her quick thinking I could hqve been brought up a hoola hoola dancer - ahh, the life we never lived!!
Robert Taylor Posted on 24 Jan 2014 5:27 PM
I was passenger on Northern Star from Auckland to Southampton via Panama, we were on board for Christmas and New Year 1964/65. Called into Acapulco on the way and Carribbean then up to the beautiful Portugal. It made me a man. I came back home on her in 1966, January, and we came via South Africa. I have lots of pictures if you want some, email me bob-anne@aapt.net.au a couple of cabin shots but mainly on deck. Lovely memories I am so glad I did this trip. Got involved with producing some shows on board and had the famed New Zealand singer Phil Garland in one of them. Also have the passenger list booklet for that trip in 1966. Donated my menus to the Wellington Maritime Museum. Good to read of fellow travelers. This was the age of real travel not like cruise ships that just go around in circles, we went somewhere.
ian middleditch Posted on 19 Apr 2014 4:24 AM
i was 16 when i singed on the star as a laundry boy done the three month world cruise had a great time seeing different countrys and cultures best days of my life
Keith Symonds Posted on 06 May 2014 7:15 PM
I was a passenger on this ship in 1973 (don't remember Harry) We left Auckland in March, stopped at Tahiti, Acapulco, Panama, Curacao and Barbados, and arrived at Southampton in April. Lots of young Aussies and Kiwis on board, and a party in the bar at the stern of the ship most nights with a band from Palmerston North that was working their passage - It was a marvellous experience, much better than flying - I'm glad to have had the opportunity to travel that way before jets took over.
Lorraine Boath (Kennedy) Posted on 16 May 2014 1:47 PM
October 1967. Sydney to Southampton. The trip of a lifetime! Would love to do it all over again, most especially the Panama Canal. Sat on deck watching all day long. Fascinating.
james king Posted on 15 Jun 2014 1:14 AM
I and my family went on cruise's 3years running from southampton to the med and back they were the best times ever as a family so thankyou.
Ian Cotterill Posted on 29 Jun 2014 7:33 AM
I worked on the Northern Star from October 73 to March 74,I was a carpet fitter refitting the ship. Does anyone remember me? I sailed from Southampton and did at least 5 cruises from Aussie before I flew home from Singapore. Best time of my life.
Doug Forsyth Posted on 24 Jul 2014 6:07 AM
I still have a 1968 passenger list for the SS Northern Star if of any interest, Southhampton to nz leaving the UK on 29th January 1968
Georgina Tunstall Posted on 29 Jul 2014 7:23 PM
Hi Doug,
I travelled with my family in 1968 and would love a copy of the passenger list - should be Bowley family on that list?
Cathy Longman Posted on 01 Aug 2014 9:24 PM
Hi Doug,

does that passenger list pick up passengers that got on in Sydney in May 168 to go to New zealand. Wondered if Howard Longman is listed on it.
Cathy Longman
Elizabeth O'Neill Posted on 25 Aug 2014 10:09 PM
I was a 4 year old passenger on that ship in 1969. From Wellington to Southampton with my parents and brother. Would be grateful if anyone could tell me where I would be able to get a copy of the passenger list for that trip. Thanks
Elizabeth O'Neill Posted on 25 Aug 2014 10:10 PM
Sorry I Should have said the ship was the Southern Cross.
Discovery Centre Posted on 26 Aug 2014 10:32 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Elizabeth,

All migration records along with passenger lists are held at the National Archives of Australia and can be searched online by viewing www.naa.gov.au . Please note there is only a small percentage of material available online and therefore you will need to contact the Archives directly if you are unable to find the material you are looking for.
Graham Barnes Posted on 11 Sep 2014 6:09 PM
I emigrated from U.K. to Melbourne, Australia on the Northern Star departing from Southampton on Monday evening,28th October 1968 (Voyage Number 26). Ports of call were Las Palmas, Cape Town, Durban, Fremantle, and Melbourne where I disembarked on Saturday 30th November 1968. It was a fantastic voyage, Very rough from Las Palmas to Cape Town which suited me. The stabilisers broke down in Cape Town Which added a couple of extra days to the voyage. The shore excursions were well worth it. Table Mountain via the cable car, Indian Markets in Durban and the Valley of the 1,000 Hills with a visit to a tribal village. I made some life long friendships on board. What a carefree way to travel almost 50 years ago. Much better than flying ! The service was top's and crew were 5*****. As the old saying went, Better Travel, Shaw Savill.
Gerard Bloor Posted on 21 Sep 2014 4:51 AM
Sailed on the Northern Star for 3 cruises from 1973 to 1975.
Enjoyed every moment on board this fantastic ship. There was an atmosphere that probably does not exist toady. The crew and staff were all so friendly. You knew most of them by their first name.
This ship was comfy - when you walked back onto the port after a days excursion you felt you were back home.
I remember that for a 2 week Med cruise for me as a teenager it cost only £73.
The memories of this great ship are priceless!
John Hunt Posted on 29 Oct 2014 6:10 PM
My family Val Hunt and four little Hunt boys Graham, David, John and Simon were on Northern Star arriving in Fremantle from South Africa on 12 February, 1971. Any photos or any information at all about the voyage would be greatly appreciated. My Mum has a terminal illness and would love to relive those precious moments
Isobel Forsyth Posted on 03 Nov 2014 12:13 PM
I left Sydney August 1966 for UK on Northern Star and returned two years later in August on NS. I had a great time so much so I travelled again on a cruise to Expo Japan on the Northern Star.
Terje Melgård Posted on 11 Nov 2014 9:49 PM
Me and my family were passengers on the trip from Southampton to Melbourne in 1965. We arrived in Fremantle on Aug,16, and left the ship in Mebourne.
Diane Lee Posted on 01 Dec 2014 12:24 PM
My family left SOUTHAMPTON in january 1964...I was 8...so many mischievous fun times and happy memories of a very smooth crossing to AUSTRALIA ...Las Palmas..Cape Town...the scarey rickshaws in Durban...my first spider drink in Freemantle...and Essendon airport in a tin shed type building to fly to Tasmania
Diane Lee Posted on 01 Dec 2014 12:24 PM
My family left SOUTHAMPTON in january 1964...I was 8...so many mischievous fun times and happy memories of a very smooth crossing to AUSTRALIA ...Las Palmas..Cape Town...the scarey rickshaws in Durban...my first spider drink in Freemantle...and Essendon airport in a tin shed type building to fly to Tasmania.
Trevor Clark Posted on 30 Dec 2014 4:12 AM
I was on the maiden voyage of the Northern Star back in July 1962, great time was had by all, especially as I was young impressionable 16 year old boy!!!
Barbara McLean Posted on 01 Jan 2015 9:44 PM
I was a Stewardess on the Northern Star. My maiden name was Lines. I was Head Waitress in the forward Saloon. A "kiwi" And loved working on there. Also worked on the Ocean Monarch until she went to scrap. Am collecting memorabilia to put on my Facebook page. JEAN POL DE GRAVE I have some great pics of being in the pig and whistle. Ian Cotterill you would remember me. Scanned a lot of slides of the cruises in the Pacific and the Medi. When SS finished up I went to Scottish Ship Management.
Kris Kirkwood Posted on 19 Jan 2015 6:17 AM
I remember going to the Shaw Saville office in Sydney 1965 with my mother to book our passage to Southampton. We boarded the Northern Star on 2nd December 1966 and it was the most amazing journey. I was 12 at the time and had no idea what lay in store. The equator crossing was so much fun and can remember the crew helping me to splice rope to make a hoola skirt and being subjected to the ordeal of a being a polliwog at Neptune's Court! Spent hours in the kids room listening to "No milk today" on the juke box. What a treasured memory! Had my first crush on the assistant Purser. All this clearly had a huge impact as I love travel and have been married to a Master Mariner for 39 years!
steve Posted on 09 Feb 2015 12:07 PM
Hi Barbara, I almost remember you, I was on the ocean monarch till it was scrapped I was the night baker Geordie Steve do you have your facebook for me I have some stuff
cheers steve in australia (brisbane)
nick welham Posted on 11 Feb 2015 11:41 PM
I worked on the northern star as a silver service steward in 1965 in the arfter saloon lovely passangers and a lovely well mist ship sad to here of her fate
Beryl Bull Posted on 05 Mar 2015 4:19 PM
I was passenger on Northern Star 1968 Sydney to Southhampton..Returned November same year.I was 16, I had staff sign my on board menus and still have these wonderful items.I will never forget the fun,and fantastic service, and friends I met.
Philip Bodie Posted on 26 Mar 2015 12:27 AM
My family and I left Australia to return to the Uk via the Panama canal. I think I was about 9 and remember most of the trip. I still have a couple of toy Koalas from the little gift shop. I remember the accommodation was pretty basic with bunks all round, pipes in the room but we did have an ensuite and portholes that opened! We hand fed sharks in Tahiti, watched the divers in Acapulco, visited various tourist spots in New Zealand by jumping ship in Wellington and catching it again in Aukland. Panama was incredible but scary to a youngster after one lady passenger became wheelchair bound after having her knee caps injured in a mugging.I also remember the shock of arriving in Southampton where the colour was a bland grey from water to sky and everything in between. However, a great experience all round.
Philip Bodie Posted on 26 Mar 2015 12:28 AM
Re my post, I should have said it was the 1973 crossing
Wendy Ringwood Posted on 08 Apr 2015 8:51 PM
My family and I emigrated to Cape Town in late October 1971 - I was 15 at the time - I believe we landed on November 5th and saw fireworks on the beach in Sea Point. Wonderful memories of crossing the equator and a day trip on Las Palmas.
Elaine Macpherson Posted on 23 Apr 2015 6:52 PM
I travelled as a 15yr old on the Northern Star in June 1966 and would love to find others that travelled at the same time.
Madeleine Whitburn Posted on 06 May 2015 9:24 PM
I migrated, with my mother, after my father died, to Perth in Western Australia. Arrived in Fremantle on 28th February 1964 aged 12
John Shuttleworth Posted on 12 May 2015 12:23 AM
I was on the Southern Cross in 1968 from Southampton bound for Wellington with my wife and daughter Cathy to teach at Kamo HS Whangerei. I would like any information re the passenger list or the whereabouts of those aboard on that magical trip.
jean pol de grave Posted on 11 Jun 2015 8:11 AM
just read the remarks from barbara i tried to find her fb address no chance at all could someone help me ?
pj goldring Posted on 15 Jun 2015 9:01 PM
i also sailed on these two magnificent ships as a crew member , in the 60s , done a bit of everything onboard ,my best memories are of my boxing bouts in the crew pig and whistle, i was billed as bones the champ ,thankyou monty the messman , belfast born , nice man
Nigel Owen Posted on 26 Jun 2015 8:51 PM
I was an engineer on the Northern Star in 1971. I recently bought this plan on ebay.

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