While the concept and overall design of Southern Cross had been revolutionary, the machinery specification and design were conservative, to limit the overall risks being taken. This was a wise strategy, as the ship proved to be very reliable in service and was still going strong when finally scrapped in 2003.
With the overall principal proven to be correct, the company was more adventurous with the specification of Northern Star’s machinery. With hindsight, it can be seen that in some respects they were too adventurous.
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