MV Melbourne Star
Blue Star Line

Links to Sites of Special Interest

Merseyside Maritime Museum, Albert Docks, Liverpool
The finest archive of merchant shipping records in the UK. Extensive records of ships & registers, photographs, personel and much, much more.
The 'Skeleton Coast' by John Marsh
Below Book Details
The internet version of  'Skeleton Coast'. The story of the wrecked passenger liner Dunedin Star of the Blue Star Line.
Blue Star Line on the Web All you wish to know about the 'Blue Star Line'. Excellent photograph & picture galleries and much more.
Commonwealth War Graves Commision

Research Page for those killed during WW1 & WW2.
War Graves Photographic Project

The aim of WGPP is to photograph every war grave, individual memorial, MoD grave, and family memorial of serving military personnel from WWI to the present day and make these available within a searchable database. All photographs are available to purchase at a very reasonable charge.
Tower Hill Memorial Panels

Melbourne Star Panel 69

The author of this excellent free website has photographed all 132 panels and listed them by ships name.
Maritime & Coastguard Agency

National Archives Kew

Ahoy - Mac's Web Log

Australian Website - includes the sinking of the Tuscan Star
The U-Boat War 1939-1945

Comprehensive website - U-Boats and their Crews
The London Gazette 'Operation Substance'
Operation Substance - The Official Report submitted to the Admiralty by Vice Admiral JF Somerville (Pages 4473 - 4482)
The London Gazette 'Operation Pedestal'
Operation Pedestal - The Official Report submitted to the Admiralty by Vice Admiral EN Syfret (Pages 4501 - 4512)

This link directs you to 'Passengers Leaving UK 1890 - 1960'

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THIS is a re-issue, up-dated and much more fully illustrated, of the book first published in 1944 that released the hitherto top secret story of what is surely the most dramatic and inspiring shipwreck and rescue drama of all time.
The story of the wrecking of the British passenger liner Dunedin Star and the eventual rescue of her more than 100 passengers and crew, at the cost of other lives, another ship, a big aircraft, a number of army trucks, etc., has become known to millions since this ‘Best Selling’ book was first published, and is generally accepted to be the peer of true adventure stories.

Available from or all good bookshops.

From interviews with survivors, eyewitness testimony, historical resources and personal journals of the passengers, Jeff Dawson skilfully reconstructs the Dunedin Star’s doomed voyage, the terror of the wilderness and the painstaking rescue missions. From the grim waters of the North Atlantic to the blistering African wastes, he narrates a classic tale of courage, set against the background of World War II.

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