Model of the Blue Star Line T.S. 'Arandora Star'

Made:
1927-1929 in United Kingdom
maker:
Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Limited
and
Cammell Laird & Co. Ltd.

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Whole model, scale 1:48, of the Blue Star Line twin-screw turbine steamer 'Arandora Star' (launched in 1927), probably by Cammel Laird and Co Ltd, Birkenhead, England, 1927-1946

Builders', whole model of TS 'Arandora Star', 1927. Scale 1:48. Originally built by Cammell Laird and Co for the Blue Star Line's London-River Plate Service, this model has been modified to show the ship after her conversion to a cruise liner.

The 1920s and 1930s were a time of glamorous travel by luxury ocean liner. Speed was important, but comfort, fine dining and leisure activities were expected too. The lifestyle was attractive for those who could afford it and throughout the 1930s Arandora Star was one of Blue Star Line’s most popular cruising liners. Its facilities included a ballroom, garden lounge, gymnasium and tiled swimming pool.

This model was displayed in Blue Star Line’s London showrooms in Regent Street, close to Pall Mall’s exclusive clubs. There, it enticed new customers as well as reminding its many loyal passengers of the liner’s attractions.

After the outbreak of war in 1939 Arandora Star was altered to become a troop transporter and supported the evacuation of Allied soldiers. Controversially, in July 1940, while carrying a mixed crew of servicemen and civilians, the ship was torpedoed and sunk. It is estimated that about 800 lives were lost in the tragedy.

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Details

Category:
Water Transport
Object Number:
1946-238
Materials:
aluminium (metal), brass (copper, zinc alloy), complete, copper (metal), fabric, glass, metal (unknown), paint, plaster, sponge, wood (unidentified)
type:
steamships
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • vehicle - transportation
credit:
Blue Star Line Limited

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