With Reuben Goossens

Maritime Historian

The Saxonia Class Liners


Page 4

The Australian Fairstar Connection

P&O's “Funship” Fairstar

Sitmar and later P&O Australia operated the much-loved Fairstar as a popular cruise ship throughout the South Pacific and Asia. She commenced in her new role in December 1974. Fairstar started life as a troop ship, the Oxfordshire. She was launched on 15 December 1955 – See her full story at … Sitmar Line at first chartered her in 1963 commencing a major rebuilding programme for the migrant service to Australia. During her alterations in March 1964, Sitmar purchased her outright.

Original Sitmar Line Post Card of the Fairstar

After nine years sailing the globe as a migrant ship, and on an occasional cruise, she was refitted for the role as a full time cruise ship, based in Australia.

Two further photo’s of Fairstar as a Sitmar Liner

However, after severe mechanical problems in April 1996 P&O Holidays decided that the much-loved “Funship,” Fairstar had to be replaced. It was agreed that the ex popular Fair Princess would be a suitable vessel for Australian waters, offering improved comforts to the Fairstar. Fair Princess received substantial upgrading and refurbishment at both Southwest Marino in San Diego and at Garden Island in Sydney.

Fairstar departed on her final cruise on 21 January 1997, fully booked and filled with those who dearly loved this fine old ship. Within two weeks of her return, she quietly departed Sydney for the last time, early in the morning on Wednesday 12 February with the name Ripa painted on her bow, as she passed Sydney Heads for her very last time, she headed for Alang India were she was beached and broken up.

Australians and New Zealanders felt that the Fairstar had been a “Ripa” of a ship indeed! (“Ripa” is an Australian slang for great, or fantastic).

Fairstar and Fair Princess together at Garden Island Sydney 3.55 p.m. 10/02/1997

A sad Ripa departs Sydney on 12 February 1997 for the breakers



Page 1 – Foreword – Construction

Page 2 – Sitmar buys Carinthia and Ivernia – Sisters go Russian

Page 3 - Fairwind / Fairsea – Sitmar sold to P&O Princess Cruises

Page 4 – The Fairstar the Australian connection

Page 5 – Fair Princess becomes an Aussie

Page 6 – Passenger list images

Page 7Albatros ex Dawn Princess / Fairwind / Sylvania / Ivernia /

Saxonia – Passenger list images

Fair Princess Photo Album – Exteriors

Fair Princess Photo Album - Interiors

Fedor Shalyapin - ex Franconia / Ivernia

China Sea Discovery – ex Fair Princess / Fairsea / Fairland / Carinthia

China Sea Discovery Photo Album

China Sea Discovery Saga


All photographs are by the author, or from the author's private collection, unless mentioned otherwise ~ Fairsea in Juneau Alaska - Luca Ferrerio ~ Fair Princess (Princess Cruises) - Marvin Jensen ~ Pacific Sky – Marion Carter ~ China Sea Discovery - Kiwi Marine Consultants Ltd, Hong Kong ~ Photographer of Fedor Shalyapin laid up, and other ‘*unknown’ photographers, please see photo notes below.


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