Screen capture of former ARTSHIP (the white vessel) departing Mare Island, supplied by MM reader Chris V. Jan 15, 2012, courtesy David Tudman.

SS PACIFIC STAR (ex ARTSHIP, ex GOLDEN BEAR), after being sold for $1, is now under tow to ESCO Marine in Brownsville, Texas, where she will be scrapped.

Following an auction on November 7, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. on the steps of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California, the judge’s order now reflects that:

“No opposition to said sale having been filed, and good cause appearing, ORDER CONFIRMING SALE OF VESSEL, signed by Judge Kimberly J. Mueller on 12/21/11 ORDERING that the sale of vessel SS PACIFIC STAR (ex ARTSHIP, ex GOLDEN BEAR), Official No. 239932, to ESCO MARINE, INCL is hereby CONFIRMED; no challenges or objections to the sale were made as required by Local Admiralty Rule 570(g), and no other impediment existing, the sale stands confirmed as of course; as the entire purchase price has been paid, the Marshal is INSTRUCTED to prepare and deliver to ESCO MARINE, INC., or its nominee designated in writing to the Marshal, a bill of sale conveying title to such vessel to ESCO MARINE, INC., or such nominee, free and clear of any and all liens and encumbrances.”

SS PACIFIC STAR departed Mare Island, San Francisco Bay, for scrapping at Brownsville Texas on Sunday, January 15, 2012 in the early morning hours.  The 72 year old vessel is the last surviving American-built cargo-passenger liner and served heroically in World War Two as an armed attack transport before becoming a training ship and ultimately an unrealized exhibition ship.  She has been laid up at Mare Island since 2004.


Martin Cox

Martin Cox

MARTIN COX - Founder and publisher of MaritimeMatters, inspired by maritime culture and technology growing up in the port of Southampton. He works as a photographer in Los Angeles, and his photography has been exhibited in LA, San Francisco, New York and London.The LA Maritime Museum has commissioned works and collected his photographs. Martin is the co-writer of the book “Hollywood to Honolulu; the story of the Los Angeles Steamship Company” published by the Steam Ship Historical Society of America. A catalog from his series STRANDED (twilight of the ocean liner) was also published last year.
Martin Cox

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