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Bloemfontein Castle


Bloemfontein Castle.

The Patris was the first large liner in the Chandris fleet, and she was bought in 1959. She was previously the Union-Castle Liner Bloemfontein Castle, and was built in 1950 at Harland and Wolff. She was unusual for the time in being a one-class ship. This one-class experiment was not a success, hence the short life of only 9 years with U-C. She was refitted in only three weeks for Chandris service, between Europe and Australia. In 1976, Chandris sold Patris to Karageorgis Lines, who renamed her Mediterranean Island, then Mediterranean Star. She was used as ferry until sold to Pakistan breakers in 1989.