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With Reuben Goossens
Maritime Historian, CruisenShip Reviewer, Author & Maritime Lecturer
I am proud and delighted to present her story, for this is a ship I personally greatly love and have long adored and I am sure that as you follow her progress that you also will be amazed with her beauty and perseverance!
Maritime Historian, Lecturer, Author and CruisenShip Reviewer.
In the Passenger Shipping industry since 1960 from office boy to MD & CEO!
In the Beginning:
Below are two wonderful images of her beautiful hull having been completed and having just been christened and launched, we see her entering into the water for the very first time!
we see the launching of the
She was completed and delivered to her owners
on June 27, 1936 and departed in July for her maiden voyage from
postcard of the sturdily built
The sisters having served as a liner, also had served during World War II
For interest, the author has the original
plans, containing every single detail, including changes made
during construction, from the shipyard of both these ships. In
addition I have the plans of her conversion in the
is one of the few colour photos that is available of the
Upper Deck: The 236 seat beautifully domed First Class Dinning Room was located forward, followed by the galleys and the 242 seat Tourist Class Dinning Room. This was followed by eighty-seven tourist class cabins were located aft. These were of a two or four berth configuration. All except for eight inside cabins had a porthole, but none had a private bathroom. The hairdresser was located in the main Tourist Class lobby. The main stairs led up only one deck to the Tourist Class Lounges.
Tourist Class two-berth cabin
Shade Deck: Far forward were accommodations for the purser and assistant purser, chief steward and the ships doctor, as well as their offices. This was followed by 70 First Class cabins, having accommodations for one or two bedded, as well as some three-berth cabins. All cabins had a porthole, but only four with a private bathroom. Portside aft was the First Class hairdresser and the ships shop, which was followed by the Tourist Class Covered (Shade) deck, with the Tourist Class Main Lounge and Smoking Room in the centre.
Tourist Class Lounge
Lower Promenade Deck: The forward section contained twenty single and twin-bedded cabins, all having a window, but without a private bathroom. This was followed by the main vestibule, stairwell and the Information Bureau and another forty-two First Class single and twin bedded cabins, all with a window, eight with a bathroom. The Nursery and enclosed Childrens play deck Portside aft of the First Class accommodations. This was followed by the main Tourist Class Promenade Deck, with the ships hospital far aft.
Upper Promenade Deck: Located forward was the First Class Library followed by the Main Lounge and Smoking Room. On both sides there was the spacious covered Promenade Deck, with the swimming pool located aft.
Boat and Sun Decks: These decks offered ample space for sport facilities and sun baking.
World War II:
da Cunha is a remote volcanic group of islands in the
Sadly, the fate of this fine liner was to be quite different to her sister, and her wartime duties and her valuable life was to be far too short, for having been seconded by the Royal Navy in 1939, tragically she was torpedoed west of Ireland by the German U Boat U46 on August 27, 1940 and she sank the next day, recording a sad loss of 27 lives, but thankfully the vast majority on board were obviously saved!
A Return To Service:
She resumed her
Like many ships in the 1950s strikes were
aplenty and the
A Short Passenger Story:
In November 1951 a 19-year-old Mother Mrs.
Joyce Cragg and baby son Mike who was just 17 months old, boarded
is a postcard was sent by Mrs Cragg from
Kindly provided by her son Mike Cragg Thank you Mike!
I received a photograph from steward that
served on the
Joe and a friend out on deck I am not sure which is Joe?
A fine view of the ship! Thank you Joe!
This is one of her very last fares and sailing schedules - issued October 1957
For Interest, in RMS Dunnottar
Castles Final Year her schedule was as follows: Depart
Tilbury, Gibraltar, Marseilles, Genoa, Port Said, Suez, Aden,
Mombasa, Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam, Beira, Lourenço Marques,
Durban, East London, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town, St. Helena,
is seen departing
However, by 1957/58 the Union Castle line had commenced a new building programme as the required new and larger liners, such as the new 28,582 GRT - Pendennis Castle that was completed in November 1958, and the smaller Dunnottar Castle days was about to end with Union Castle! However this beautifully and well built would have a long life ahead of her, in fact a good 46 years for soon she would become a super luxury cruise ship and she would outlive all her newer rivals!
Tonnage: 15,007 GRT.
Length: 174.53m - 560 ft.
Beam: 21.92m - 71.9 ft.
Draft: 8.05m - 28 ft 2 in.
Engines: Burmeister & Wain Diesels 11,200 BHP.
Screws: Twin Screw.
Speed: 17 knots.
Passengers: 285 First Class (Both ships).
. 250 Tourist Class.
After a refit - Dunnottar
. 105 First Class.
. 263 Tourist Class.
Cargo: 5 holds.
In 1958 she was sold to popular cruise company Incres Company and she would receive a transformation of the kind that had never been seen, or had ever been done to any ship in history!
conclude with this fine stern view of the
She would soon she would become the remarkable super luxury cruise ship
An early artist impression of the new MS Victoria
INDEX - Please Note: These pages are being updated and not all pages may be online as yet!
Union Castle Line One of the great Shipping lines of the past!
Incres Lines One of the finest cruise companies in history!
Page Two MS Victoria.
Page Three Photo Album.
Page Four Brochure Page 1.
Page Five Brochure Page 2.
Page Six Brochure Page 3.
Page Seven Brochure Page 4.
Chandris Cruises Under various guises, but a good basic budget cruise operation.
Page Eight MV The Victoria.
Page Nine Photo Album.
Louis Cruise Line A Maltese Company a good basic cruise operation.
Page Eleven Photo Album
Page Twelve Deck plan.
Page Thirteen Photographs by Stephen William Storey.
Page Fourteen MV Victoria I Sad scenes of her beached and being scrapped.
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