Over the years, were at the height of the waterline at the bow also increasingly destruction observed. Especially in the area of the former engine and boiler rooms, but also in the former holds.
In 2005 the situation was as follows:
Page 7: An End in instalments- The collapse of the bow
Washed- out bow section in 2005 at low tide from different point of views. Remaining structural support preventing capsizing as follows:
1: intact stem and most forward bow structure
2: intact hull plating and hull frames at former dummy funnel level.
3: vertical girder between engine room and forward boiler room.
engine room and front boiler room was completely gone and the upper decks with velvet chimney hung on a length of about 20 meters above the water, only supported by two steel beams that were in the former dividing wall between the machine and the front boiler room.
On the seaward side the hull plating was at the height of the water line completely disappeared except at the bow and at the height of a row of tanks and provided the destructive force of the waves as access to underlying structures that were already washed extensively what a view long verliebene by the Ship enabled. In front of the holds were completely torn up for a distance of about 30 meters to starboard and port side of the beach and offered forth as also a look across the ship on the ocean behind it.
The American star was so completely riddled. Only a few standing structures were intact and able to support the weight of several thousand tons. A bizarre sight. That the ship in this condition even still able to keep upright and despite only occasional support showed no structural deformation was due to its extremely robust construction without expansion joints (see also page 3 about the break in the middle) and during military purposes its construction reinforced deck.
Then, in November 2005, gravity finally won. Probably caused by the buckling of the few remaining meters forming lift and breaking away, one of the two pillars between former machine and front boiler room during a storm toppled the American Star in the sea. Similar to the rear, which are below the waterline decks made ??this motion with only partially because they were connected only still a few places with the ship part located above the water line. So it was at the beach or starboard side to break up the lift.
For some weeks, the dying giant held in this new position, but then gave the upper decks in the back of the chimney with velvet, lacking almost any base before the tip, to, broke off and sank.
Over the next two years, the breakers then piece by piece took more and more of the former America, which now lay by the skew on display. Only other parts of the beach side promenade deck, the deck below the removed dummy chimney, which eventually brought the remaining stump to cancel. Then the starboard bridge wing, the main mast, the rest of the bridge and finally 2007, the last superstructures above the upper deck, with the remains of the smoking room.
The tendency toward the sea was growing during this process and also slowly disappeared as the derricks at sea, followed by weakened by multiple fractures of the remaining fuselage nose cone. Since 2008, only holding a piece of the hull to the anchor height above water, which is smaller from year to year.
Only memories remain-The wreck almost completely under the water line
Today almost nothing of the once proud ship can be seen above the water line. At low tide a last remnant of the bow reaches out of the water, which should be gone soon.
But is this actually the end of the great transatlantic liner? There are still people who are interested in this ship and still keep their personal memories of the once proud liner alive. The history of America continues. The last chapter is not written yet ...
American Star in early 2007: The hull plating on level of the welded on ladder is broken open because of the list and the missing structural support behind it, most parts of the superstructure disintegrated into the sea, the bridge is collapsing. At the end of the year only one kingpost and a few parts of the hull plating of upper deck and the bow near the anchor should remain above sea level.
American Star in November 2011: The last remnants of the once mighty ship are fighting a losing battle against the merciless sea. With some imagination and guessing you can still read the letters "TAR" on her hull (right picture).
A monument for the American Star: This monument cannot be found on Fuerteventura, but on Tenerife on the waterfront of the village Medano. It is the propeller hub of one of the two propellers of the ship. The reason for the positioning of the monument in Medano is currently unknown, but a connection of the ship with the island of Tenerife exists. In the 60s and 70s, the island's capital, Santa Cruz was an often used port of call of Australis. Maybe you saw from the small fishing village of the expiring on cruise liner who sailed regularly disappear into the vastness of the ocean?