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No: 16796   Contributor: Paul Strathdee   Year: 1972   Manufacturer: Unknown   Country: United Kingdom

Sitmar passenger liner laid up in the Ocean Dock at Southampton in August 1972.
She started life off in 1942 as a US built aircraft carrier HMS ATTACKER being converted to a passenger ship in 1958 when she was named CASTEL FORTE. She became FAIRSKY in 1964. sold in 1978 she was renamed PHILIPPINE TOURIST and was scrapped in 1980 at Hong Kong following a fire at Manila the previous year.
Picture added on 28 February 2011 at 10:34
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Sorry, but this is not accurate.
I travelled to Australia on " Fairsky " in August / September 1959.
Her name " Castel Forte " was dropped en - route to Genoa where she had her interior refitted, 1957 - 1958, from then on she was named " Fairsky ".
She was a very fine ship and I have fond memories of my passage to Australia on her.
Sitmar was an excellent company with very high standards for that time.

Added by Frank Vincent on 24 March 2013.
Thanks indeed Frank. Glad it brought back happy memories.

Added by Paul Strathdee on 25 March 2013.
I have fond memories of this ship which I sailed on as a young child from Southampton to Sydney in 1966 when my parents emigrated to Australia.The return voyage back to Southampton was undertaken on her sister ship "Fairstar" in 1969. Thanks for the photo.

Added by Darren Round on 26 March 2013.
I too have fond memories of sailing to Australia on T.V.Fairsky when my family emigrated in 1959.
This was my first experience of sailing on a ship other than ferries.
I have had a lifetime interest in passenger ships ever since.Cruising is now in my blood!
Looking back on it I realize how good this ship was for her time. The standard of accomodation was very high and the Italian crew were excellent.
As a 10 year old boy, 11th birthday onboard, I had a wonderful time. The dining room stewards spoiled me rotten, they encouraged me to try food that I had never experienced in post war Britain.
They showed me how to eat spaghetti correctly, like an Italian, they introduced me to all sorts of wonderful pasta, they taught me little Italian phrases, in short they were wonderful and very caring.
I loved the ship and we met so many people destined for a new like in Australia.
How brave these people were to make such a journey to seek a better life in a great new country like Australia.
There must be numerous Australians associated with Sitmar, it would be great if other's added to this thread,



Added by Frank Vincent on 05 April 2014.
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