In my last post on the Aquarama/Marine Star, I had lifted two still photos of the ship being scrapped from a YouTube video. Peter Hartung, creator of the video, was kind enough to send me the hi-res versions.
All photos are courtesy of Mr. Selim San, Izmir (Turkey). Click on the thumbnail to see the full version.
The author of the YouTube video I posted in my last Aquarama post directed me towards another of his videos. The end of this video shows two shots of the Aquarama/Marine Star being scrapped in Aliaga, Turkey. It truly is no more.
This pretty much closes the book on the Aquarama. Since we now have a new pile of junk sitting in the Aquarama’s former place on the outer harbor, perhaps we can get Buffalo ReUse to expand and deconstruct floating buildings?
(reverse angle – you can still see the stripe on the side of the hull)
According to the St. Catharines Standard, the Aquarama/Marine Star was scrapped, starting on September 16 last year.
The former passenger and auto ferry Aquarama was sold for scrap and towed to Aliaga, Turkey, last summer. The ship had been idle since 1962.
The deep-sea tug Aetos Z. took the vessel across the Atlantic and down the Mediterranean to Aliaga, Turkey, arriving at the scrapyard on Sept. 16, 2007. It is shown, with scrapping underway, last November, thanks to a photo by Selim San.
The article references a photo that’s not available online. My searches for one have also come up empty. If anyone finds one, please leave a comment and let me know.
Commenter “Wayne” reports, and corroborated by boatnerd.com, that the Aquarama has been sold and is headed to Greece to fulfill it’s prior destiny to be converted into a floating casino. That would be a bit ironic, seeing as that’s what it’s owners wanted for it all along, but governmental red tape prevented it from ever happening on the Great Lakes.
Derek and Amanda got married. Moved to the country. Had a couple of kids.