C/N  SH.55C

"Southern Cross"

Aussie Airliner

Manufactured - Shorts Bros / Sunderland MK III  July 1943

Royal Air Force - Wing Bay, Stranraer, Scotland    as JM715   1943-1947

   Flying Boat Modification Unit - Cairds Yard, Greenock - conversion to MK V   April1945

Short Bros. & Harland - 1947  conversion to Sandringham Mk 4 Tasman Class for...

Tasman Empire Airways Ltd. TEAL - Auckland, N.Z. reg. ZK-AMH  "RMA Auckland" 1947 -1950

Barrier Reef Airways Pty. Ltd.- Brisbane, Australia  reg. VH-BRC "Coral Clipper" 1950 -1952

Ansett Flying Service - Sydney, Australia  1952 - 1974 "Beachcomber"

Antilles Air Boats - U.S.V.I.  1974-1980     reg. N158C  orig. "Southern Star" chg. to "Southern Cross"

      re-reg. VP-LVE (B.V.I.)

M & M Aviation - Isla Grand, San Juan, P.R. 1980  Capt. Ron Gillies / Mike Coghlan and  additonal investors purchase from AAB to ferry to U.K. for resale after arrival.

 Solent Sky Museum - Southhampton, UK   presently on display

S-25 Southern Cross's Last Atlantic Crossing      First Officer, Jim Flanagan's Journal transcript

Sept-Oct 1980


Pago Pago

Southern Cross's Last Atlantic Crossing

photo credit Tom Anusewicz
VP LVE Southampton Water Sep 1977
VP LVE Capt Ron Gillies  08 September
VP LVE Southampton Water Sep 1977
VP LVE Southampton Water September 1977
VP LVE Southampton Water Sep 1977
VP LVE Near Hythe Southampton Water Sep
VP LVE Southampton Water Sep 1977
VP LVE Over Southampton Water Sep 1977 B
Antilles Air Boat Tkt 0163 for VP LVE So
VP LVE Over Isle of Wight Sep 1977
photos by Barry Friend



is 248 pages of in depth information on Beachcomber then "Southern Cross"

Robert H. Smith

P.O. Box 484

Kiama, N.S.W., 2533 Australia


It is also available as a coffee table book

This film has some "alternative facts"

and will make comments later

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