In 1984, the ship once again changed hands and was sold to Silver Moon Ferries, a subsidiary of Pangloss Navigation owned by a Syrian shipowner, who renamed the Noga in Alferdoss, which means paradise in Arabic.
The Alferdoss was planned to be used as a floating hotel in Tripoli, Lebanon's second largest city. But due to the escalating civil war in the country and the continuing unstable situation in the entire region, it seemed too risky to carry out the plan, and so the ship remained idle in Greece at anchor.
The condition of Alferdoss was getting worse and didn't have much in common with the new name. The teak decks were suffering from intense solar radiation and the legacys of seabirds, the tiles were crumbling from the swimming pool and Lido Deck, the over-painted X of the remaining funnel had turned into an Y on portside and the color crumbled everywhere exposing the superstructure to be attacked by rust.
Alferdoss layd up in Eleusis Bay.
-Bild: Vie et Mort de l'America-
Even the dust covered interior of the vessel wasn't left out by the decay. The ceilings crumbled on many places and rain water was seeping into the lounges and cabins, ruining the carpets and upholstered furniture and threatened the valuable artworks of the former America.
An offer to use the Alferdoss as an off shore prison ship in Texas was rejected by the owner. "What kind of a fate for a once-proud ship would that be?" the syrian owner remarked in an interview about this topic.
In a cold november night of 1988, the end of the ex-America was near. A badly rusted bilge pipe in the engine room was no longer able to resist the pressure of the frozen water and bursted. Alferdoss started to take on water. The next morning she was already listing badly. Hastily the starboard anchor was raised but the port anchor refused to move because of a frozen winch and was cutted. The ship was towed to the shallow shore area of Aspropyrgos bay and beached in order to stabilize the listing and prevent Alferdoss from sinking.
The flooding ruined the lower decks. The incoming water mixed with oil, oil residues and mud from the engine room and some tanks and covered the engine room, some of the crew quarters, the cabins on aft C-deck, the indoor swimmingpool, the steam bath, gym and storage rooms with a black-brown greasy film. In some parts of the ship the water even reached B-Deck.
Alferdoss was pumped dry, got a makeshif repair and after a few weeks was towed back to her original lonely lay up position in Eleusis Bay. The incident also left visible traces on her hull. It was now possible to read the water level during the several weeks of grounding. In addition to the political situation the ship's condition made it completely impossible now to realise the plans for a floating hotel in Tripoli.
While scrapyards were successfully scared off by the high asking price of $7 million Dollar before the incident, this price was no longer demandable.
So, in the end of the 80's Alferdoss was sold for scrap. The scrappers made a deposit of one million dollar and wanted to pay an aditional million later. The scrapping started by removing davits and lifeboats from the ship. Demolition work on the outer decks was handled extremely rough (since no further use was planned) and took no account of the railings or the teak decking, which had nothing to oppose a raging forklift.
Then the scrappers got into financial troubles and suddenly let go of Alferdoss, because the remaining one million dollars couldn't be paid. So Silver Moon Ferries took over the ownership again. The company was now richer by one million, but poorer by a partly devastated ship without lifeboats, which got down in value even more.
A last hope in the summer of 1991, the Alferdoss could be used as a floating hotel in Trieste, Italy was alredy smashed after the first inspection visit to the ship due to it's miserable condition.
And even scrappers were reluctant to purchase the vessel now. In the early 90's there was another potential buyer, who wanted to scrap the ship in Turkey, but given the state of Alferdoss feared the risk of a sinking during the tow and decided against buying the ship.
The ship had developed into a money sink for it's syrian shipowner, so he more urgent than ever searched for a solution.
The fate of the once-proud America seemed doomed. Who other than local scrap dealers should yet be interested in a ship in this sad state ?
All the more surprising was the offer of the Chao Phraya Developement Transport Company of Thailand in 1992.
The Syrian owner about his ship: "It's name is Alferdoss because I wanted it to be paradise and not hell."