Cogedar Line MS Aurelia – The Family Bulthuis voyage from Fremantle to Rotterdam in 1960

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Cogedar Line

MS Aurelia


The Family Bulthuis Story, by Harry Bulthuis


A fine photograph of the MS Aurelia seen during a voyage from Australia


Photographs on these pages are from the author’s private collection, others by Mr Bulthuis!

My elders were on board of the MS Johan van Oldenbarnevelt in 1952 and they sailed from Rotterdam to Fremantle. Their arrival Date February 22, 1952. They travelled with their three children, Margriet, Ella and Ria.

The Netherland Line Johan van Oldenbarnevelt

When we arrived in Fremantle (Western Australia) there was a strike, thus, it took a long time before we could get our luggage off the ship.

We moved to and lived in Byford, where my parents they bought a bakery, the “Byford Bakery.” They remained in Australia for eight years until 1960. But due to my father having health problems my parents decided it would be better to go back to Holland.

Whilst living in Australia Mum has two more children, being my sister Annemarie and last but not least myself, Harry. They booked a voyage on the Cogedar Line MS Aurelia and boarded her in Fremantle in November 1960 and we sailed to Rotterdam, Holland.

Photographs of Aurelia Getting ready to depart from Fremantle


 Aurelia berthed in Fremantle (Perth Western Australia November 1960

Photograph provided by Hans Bulthuis


The Bulthuis crate with their belongings about to go on board

Photograph provided by Hans Bulthuis


The crate is almost on board

Photograph provided by Hans Bulthuis



Passengers waiting for Aurelia’s departure from Fremantle

Photograph provided by Hans Bulthuis

During our voyage was now without incident for whilst crossing the “Great Ocean” there was a tanker that had a man on board who had fallen and he had badly injured himself. As the tanker had suitable medical facilities and the Aurelia just happened to be close by, they requested for Aurelia to take him on board and admit him to the ships hospital and have our doctors take care of him. As soon as we reached the tanker, the Aurelia stopped all engines, which gave me as a child, just 6 years old at the time, a little scary feeling as the engines were always noisy when at sea. A lifeboat was sent out and brought the wounded man to Aurelia and he came onboard via a small stairway on the side of the ship. Obviously the Aurelia had a small hospital board, but it was well equipped for all situations. From this incident I have two pictures. Note: But these ‘two pictures” were not supplied with Hans Bulthuis’ story, no idea why?

Harry Bulthuis.

MS Aurelia & Cogedar Line INDEX:


Page One:      MS Aurelia – history page


Page Two:      The Bulthuis Family Story - This Page.


Page Three:    MS Aurelia - Photo Page (From a brochure)


Page Four:      Jacoba Ris-Török Story


Also read:      Other Cogedar Line ships …


                     MS Flaminia – (The old Cogedar liner)


                     RMS Media / SS Flavia – (The last of the Cogedar ships)


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