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Johnson Line

History

The Swedish shipping company AB Nordstjernan was started by Axel Johnson in 1890. The company started services to South America in 1904 and used the name Johnson Line. Business expanded with new services to the South Pacific and in 1914 the North Pacific. There was a reduction in shipping everywhere in the early 1920s and many ships were sold or put into storage. Trade picked up and new vessels were ordered in the later 20s and perhaps more surprisingly in the 1930s - but returns on investment were low.

Despite a blockade in 1940, limited traffic was allowed with Swedish ports and continued throughout WW2. Later the company diversified into ship building, and in 1948 started a service to the Far East. This service was operated jointly with Everett Orient Line and became known as the Everett Star Line.

The company built the Rio series of ships starting in 1956, and later considered building nuclear powered ships. It decided against this after problems with an American ship called Savanna reaching the conclusion that this type of ship would not be economical.

The company went into container ships in the 60s, sold the shipyard in 1969, and in 1972 joined a consortium that became known as the Johnson Scan Star.

In 1975 the company acquired a majority shareholding in Rederi AB Fredrika and Stjärnbolagen and also Rederi AB Svea.

In 1980 the company ceased to be privately owned and was listed in the Nordics. The business transferred its focus to the construction industry and is still operating in that area.

Ships

Rio De Janeiro

Rio De Janeiro
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship (Ref)
Original Owners and Managers Rederi A/B Nordstjernan
Country First Registered Sweden
Shipbuilder Lindholmens Varv
Shipyard Gothenburg
Country where built Sweden
Yard Number 1,037
Official Number 9779
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 8,495
Deadweight (DWT) 8980
Net Tonnage N/K
Length 137.4 Metres
Overall Length 149.3 Metres
Breadth or Beam 19.3 Metres
Depth N/K
Draught N/K
Engine Type Steam Turbine
Engine Details N/K
Engine Builder N/K
Engine Builder Works N/K
Engine Builder Country N/K
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power N/K
Maximum Speed 15.5

Career Highlights

Date Event
28 February 1957 Launched
September 1957 Completed

Crew and Capacity Information

Item Value
Crew N/K
Passengers N/K
Cargo Capacity N/K

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Broken Up
Service History Information Lengthened to 173.3/162.4m, 10,347 GRT/12,193 DWT and converted to part containership in 1969. Taken to Gandia 31 December 1980 for breaking by Astilleros Demolicion Naval.

Rosario

Rosario
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship (Ref)
Original Owners and Managers Rederi A/B Nordstjernan
Country First Registered Sweden
Shipbuilder Lindholmens Varv
Shipyard Gothenburg
Country where built Sweden
Yard Number 1,056
Official Number 10000
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 8,445
Deadweight (DWT) 8980
Net Tonnage N/K
Length 137.4 Metres
Overall Length 148.9 Metres
Breadth or Beam 19.3 Metres
Depth N/K
Draught N/K
Engine Type Diesel Engine
Engine Details N/K
Engine Builder N/K
Engine Builder Works N/K
Engine Builder Country N/K
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Twin Screw
Power N/K
Maximum Speed 19

Career Highlights

Date Event
14 October 1959 Launched
April 1960 Completed

Crew and Capacity Information

Item Value
Crew N/K
Passengers N/K
Cargo Capacity N/K

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Broken Up
Service History Information Lengthened to 173.7/162.4m, 10,283 GRT/12,430 DWT and converted to part containership 1969. Change of name to Zacapa and owner to Flota Mercante Gran Centro Americana SA 1981, change of owner to Flowerpot Sg Co Ltd. Taken to Kaohsiung 20 August 1983 for breaking by Chin Hsin Metal Industry Co.

Santos

Santos
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship (Ref)
Original Owners and Managers Rederi A/B Nordstjernan
Country First Registered Sweden
Shipbuilder Lindholmens Varv
Shipyard Gothenburg
Country where built Sweden
Yard Number 1,055
Official Number 9935
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 8,497
Deadweight (DWT) 8980
Net Tonnage N/K
Length 137.5 Metres
Overall Length 149.3 Metres
Breadth or Beam 19.3 Metres
Depth N/K
Draught N/K
Engine Type Diesel Engine
Engine Details N/K
Engine Builder N/K
Engine Builder Works N/K
Engine Builder Country N/K
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Twin Screw
Power N/K
Maximum Speed 19

Career Highlights

Date Event
12 December 1958 Launched
June 1959 Completed

Crew and Capacity Information

Item Value
Crew N/K
Passengers N/K
Cargo Capacity N/K

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Broken Up
Service History Information Lengthened to 173.3/162.3m, 10,364 GRT/12,240 DWT and converted to part containership 1969. Change of name to Santos III and owner to Red Flag SA 1983. Taken to Chittagong 10 December 1983 for breaking by Scrap Emporium.

Seattle

Seattle
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship (Ref)
Original Owners and Managers Rederi A/B Nordstjernan
Country First Registered Sweden
Shipbuilder Kockums MV
Shipyard Malmo
Country where built Sweden
Yard Number 291
Official Number 8892
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 9,042
Deadweight (DWT) 9410
Net Tonnage N/K
Length 142 Metres
Overall Length 152.5 Metres
Breadth or Beam 19.5 Metres
Depth N/K
Draught N/K
Engine Type Diesel Engine
Engine Details N/K
Engine Builder N/K
Engine Builder Works N/K
Engine Builder Country N/K
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Twin Screw
Power N/K
Maximum Speed 19.5

Career Highlights

Date Event
12 April 1947 Launched
November 1947 Completed

Crew and Capacity Information

Item Value
Crew N/K
Passengers N/K
Cargo Capacity N/K

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Broken Up
Service History Information Change of name to Timur Adventure and owner to Thome & Co Pte Ltd 1972. Taken to Kaohsiung 16 February 1973 for breaking by Jui Fa Steel & Iron Co Ltd.

Silver Gate

Silver Gate
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship (Ref)
Original Owners and Managers Rederi A/B Nordstjernan
Country First Registered Sweden
Shipbuilder Kieler Howaldtswerke
Shipyard Kiel
Country where built Germany
Yard Number 956
Official Number 9313
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 7,222
Deadweight (DWT) 8954
Net Tonnage N/K
Length 142 Metres
Overall Length 152.5 Metres
Breadth or Beam 19.5 Metres
Depth N/K
Draught N/K
Engine Type Diesel Engine
Engine Details N/K
Engine Builder N/K
Engine Builder Works N/K
Engine Builder Country N/K
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Twin Screw
Power N/K
Maximum Speed 19.5

Career Highlights

Date Event
3 November 1951 Launched
January 1952 Completed

Crew and Capacity Information

Item Value
Crew N/K
Passengers N/K
Cargo Capacity N/K

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Broken Up
Service History Information Taken to Kaohsiung 4 February 1979 for breaking by Lung Ching Steel Enterprise Co


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