||Scale: 1:64. A large model made for promotional purposes, for display in a travel agent or shipping line office. The model is on a fixed base with wheels and has an integral perspex case with the name of the shipping line and destinations illuminated on a sloping panel. The model itself is cut away on the starboard side to show the choice and position of cabins, and some of the public areas such as the two restaurants and the library.
The ‘Northern Star’ (1946) was built for the Shaw Savill Line to replace the ancient but highly popular ‘Dominion Monarch’. The new ship, like its near sister ‘Southern Cross’, was designed to cash-in on the ten-pound fare-assisted migrant trade out to Australia and New Zealand. Both ships were radical and advanced in that they had their engines mounted aft, thus making the interior space much more flexible. They were also designed as one-class ships, giving economy fare passengers complete and unrestricted freedom of movement.
On 10 July 1962 ‘Northern Star’ entered an easterly circumnavigation service in the opposite direction to ‘Southern Cross’ with calls at Las Palmas, Cape Town, Durban, Fremantle, Melbourne, Sydney, Wellington, Auckland, Suva, Papeete, Acapulco, Panama Canal, Trinidad, Port Everglades, Lisbon and Southampton. Though successful, ‘Northern Star’ was an unreliable ship and it broke down on a number of occasions. Only 13 years old, it was sold for scrap in 1975.