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Welcome to In recent times I have managed to add a few more ships to the list and I trust that these will be appreciated! To date I have around 680 Classic Liners, which includes a good number of delightful Passenger-Cargo liners from nations all around the world, and thus I have attempted to cover as many of the great liners as well as a good number of lesser-known ships. In recent times, I have been updating many of my earlier features, for believe me some of them really needed a good clean up! But for obvious reasons, sadly I will now have to slow down for more than I ever have in the past, OK, I hear you say; “But you have said all that before.” And yes I have, and for some reason ships are like a drug to me and it is very difficult to just give it all up, even though my eyes are is getting worse and worse and my health is so much worse and I am slowing down rapidly! Thus dear friend, sadly now it is time to put a complete halt to writing any further features as well as any other work. Therefore, thus officially as from September 2015 I have now officially and completely retired and I will no longer be able to answer any further emails!

But be assured and covering the over 101-year old MV Doulos will remain online indefinitely!

Looking Back:

Besides having written on countless major passenger liners, as well as a good number of humble of converted war-time Victory class ships, such as the type C3 & C4 class ships, some that were rebuilt from humble, fine to rather glamorous migrant ships and these ships made significant inroads into maritime history, as well as providing some wonderful memories for countless thousands of people from the late 1940s until their demise in the 1960s.

The author in beautiful Tasmania (Australia) around --

ten years ago, seen in the delightful Tamar Valley.----

I have ensured that I was able to cover ships from counties from around the globe, be they the great British liners as well as many of the superbly built and designed Scandinavian, German, Dutch and Belgium ships, many of which were famed for their superb design. Then there were those wonderful French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Portuguese and Greek liners all of which have reached many parts of the globe. But, who will ever forget those excellent American liners such at the great Matson ships and the superb SS America and SS United States, all remarkable ships indeed! However, I also loved covering a host of delightful passengers-cargo ships that plied the globe giving their passengers a voyage of great comfort! Thus, ssmaritime is a site that carefully covers ships from the greatest of great liners, to the most humble passenger ships for I did not forget that there were some amazing ships from other lesser-known maritime nations, including some excellent Australian and New Zealand passenger liners that go back to the mid 1800s and early 1900s! I am delighted that I have been able to cover countless counties, for they all had some amazing passenger ships!

Thank You!

Next, I must say a very special thank you to all the ship lovers around the world, for I have been astounded that there have been so many of you reading this site; in fact ssMaritime and its associated sites has just reached 506.9 million readers to date at the time of writing. And believe me, the number of emails certainly reflects those numbers going right back to the early days, when I was still a clumsy computer hack, with some of the most awful pages and pictures, yet you were so kind and you loved them, for obviously those pages must have had something. But I learned fast and my sites improved and slowly they started to rekindle countless happy memories regarding one or another ship that either you or your parents/grandparents would have sailed on, or a ship that you may have admired for a long time whilst she was in port. And friends, that was the purpose of commencing ssMaritime for it is and remains a 100% non-commercial website, give joy to the multitudes around the world! And I can tell you that it has been a great joy and a pleasure to me, being able to present the hundreds fine ships to you, and all of them are worthy for each of them have touched countless of individual lives in many different ways and the proof of this is the hundred or more of emails that I receive day after day thanking me for the memories!

With the six hundred plus ships, I am sure that you may not even know of some the amazing ships that I have written on, such as the delightful; MS Sinkiang or the SS Razmak, SS Exochorda, MV Thysville, MS Tjinegara, SS Medina, MV Franca C, MS Eros, SS President Adams, Salta and the greatly loved SS Newfoundland and the MS Changsha being just a few of the many lesser known ships that I have covered on! But all of these are just wonderful and worthy ships that have given so much joy and happiness to so many, I know for all those emails have told me so!

To Conclude:

As you enter the ssMaritime Logo Main Index located at the top of the Left Bar (on the left) be assured that you will discover a “ship lover’s delight” one that will keep you reading and returning for many years to come!

But, as I finally conclude, I wish to sincerely thank for your gracious support!

Reuben Goossens NOW Retired.

Commenced in the Passenger Shipping Industry in 1960.

Maritime Historian, Cruise‘n’Ship Reviewer,  Author and Lecturer.

Official Historian of the MV Doulos:

Previously the: MS Franca C, SS Roma, SS Medina built in 1914.

Founder 1995 (online in 1997) of the original:


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News Update

MS Kungsholm IV

Later; MV Sea Princess, Victoria, Mona Lisa, Oceanic, Mona Lisa, Veronica



The magnificent 1966 built MS Kungsholm IV

The great and popular Kungsholm IV visited Australia and New Zealand whilst on her Around the World Voyages a good number of times and she has proven to be a ship that was superior to many other ships! She was the ultimate in luxury and perfection in design!

The Kungsholm was sold to P&O/Princess in 1977 and she was given a massive rebuilding and a refit in Bremen in Germany and in early 1978 she came out a very different ship indeed! It was said by many in the maritime industry that; “A Great Beauty has been turned into a Beast.” This being due to her forward dummy funnel having been removed and what could well be called a rather poor attempt of making that section of the ship look something like part of her superstructure, but it always looked very poorly done! And she was certainly not pretty.

The dramatically altered PO/Princess Sea Princess seen a number of years after her rebuild completed in 1978

But as we know she was sold in 2002 she was sold to a Greek Company who would charter her out to whoever required a ship.

The MV Mona Lisa was a popular very cruise ship in and around Europe and further afield

She was chartered out to a good number of cruise organisations whilst owned by one owner

Re named MV Mona Lisa she became a popular cruise ship being operated by a number of companies, including Pullmantur cruises who renamed her Oceanic II, but finally in 2010, her SOLAS certification ran out and she was up for sale and was sold to Oman to operate as a Hotel the Veronica. The Veronica closed in 2003, and she was laid up and was neglected and looked forlorn.

November 2015: The Veronica departed her berth under-tow of the tug ‘Kamarina’ and she reached the Alang area on November 13, 2015 and anchored northeast of the breakers beach. However I have been advised that her owner is still looking for new investors to save or buy the ship.

The MS Kungsholm Pages have been completely updated and now features 4 pages

Enter the updated MS Kungsholm IV Four Page Feature

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Holland America Line

“Nederlandsch Amerikaansche Stoomvaart Maatschappij”

SS Rotterdam V

Feature Updated in 2015

“The Grande Dame of the Sea” - SS Rotterdam is seen as built in 1959


Page 1: Has new photographs in the Mini Photo Album towards the bottom of the page

Page 6: Has the very first edition of the First and Tourist Class Deck Plans, which I have now placed online

What is New in this Feature?

Although I have had a SS Rotterdam feature online, but I have to say that it was rather miniscule and it desperately required updating. I had piled of new material, many photographs, brochures and Deck Plans, etc, which I desired to place online, thus this is in reality an all-new Eight-Page feature of one of the finest Ships ever built!

But the question begs, “What makes the SS Rotterdam that different and so special?” Although, there have been other fine and noteworthy ships, and I should know, as I have worked hard attempting to save a good number of them, but the Rotterdam was without a doubt the last of her kind, for when she ended her sailing days, her era came to an tragic end and those great ocean going days of yesteryears had suddenly ended! For those who love the more traditional ship know well that the new ships that were being built even back then certainly were nothing like the great classic’s, especially the SS Rotterdam, or by then she was the Rembrandt! The new cruise ships featured a great deal of high gloss from artificial surfaces that even included plastics, whilst the ex Rotterdam would have elegant timber wall cladding and fine inlaid timber mural’s. But it just did not end there, for the new ships had miles of high gloss chrome banisters and mirrors and bright lighting everywhere, just like Las Vegas, whereas the Rotterdam featured gleaming brass work which was genuine craftsmanship! Whilst the modern cruise ships today have become hideous giant square boxes, which they call a ship, but it looks more like an Apartment block or as in The Sates; “Condos” with their high flat sides that are covered with private balconies, but little genuine thought is given to the passenger, yes they will add a fancy and a stunning atrium, with heaps of gloss and glitter to impress, but the public venues usually have low ceilings, whereas on the Rotterdam there were souring lounges and Restaurants many of them being two decks high.

The magnificent SS Rotterdam and the SS Dinteldyk seen in Rotterdam in her original livery

The “Grande Dame” the SS Rotterdam has streamlined lines and her graceful bow, but if you look at those modern ships that were put together piece by piece, as everything was prebuilt elsewhere and square parts will arrive at the yards and be fitted to that which is already there, much like building a giant Lego piece!

And here we see a real and a beautiful ship, the SS Rotterdam seen in New York late in the 1980s


Now Go and Read her Amazing Story!

Enter the SS Rotterdam V Feature




MS Doulos

“A Ship Like No Other”


MV Doulos seen just aft of the Brisbane Portside Cruise Terminal on August 18, 2008

I joined the ship on Aug 1, and will that evening for a slow voyage down to Sydney arriving on August 21st.

MV Doulos was launched on August 22, 1914; just two years after the Titanic departed Southampton on her ill-fated voyage. Whilst she was still sailing the “Guinness Book of Records” declared the Doulos was “The world’s oldest active ocean-going passenger ship” and the minute anyone lays eyes on her there is no doubt that this ship is an amazing piece of maritime history. Just look at her supreme counter stern and you know that this is a ship that is very special!

During her 96-year career her hull carried four names and she served in four very different roles. The Motor Ship Doulos was originally built as a Steam Ship, the SS Medina and then sold. During her long career she had three new names appeared on her bow and stern, SS Roma, MS Franca C and the of course the MV Doulos.

AS the SS Medina she was just a simple US freighter, transporting fruit and vegetables to American ports. After a thirty-four-year civil as well a wartime career she was sold and rebuilt as an austere migrant & refugee ship. Later she had several further renovations and she became first a trans-Atlantic liner, and then a luxury cruise ship. When she was a good sixty three years old, she was sold to a non denominational Christian organisation GBA - “Gutte Buche fur Alle” / OM Ships International - Operation Mobilization to become a floating Book Exhibition/Shop and a Christian Outreach ship to the world, and she continued sailing the globe until being decommissioned on December 31, 2010 in Singapore.

Having fought hard to save the Doulos after her decommissioning, I was able to aid a Singaporean man and she is now owned by his Singaporean family concern and the ship is being completely refitted at the shipyards at Batam and I was told that “We are fitting her out to a 5-Star/Boutique Hotel standard and there will be an all-day-diner, a library, meeting/function rooms etc. The Engine Room and related areas will be conserved as a maritime museum. Ashore there will be a swimming pool, a piano lounge cum restaurant, a large banquet hall etc …” (upon completion the Doulos Phos will then head for) “… the beautiful site on Bintan Island, for it will be will be the new home of the “100 year Grand Old Lady.”

MV Doulos

Please Note: The Doulos Online Book has many pages and it is located on site!



My near-Poseidon Misadventure on the P&O Iberia


By Gail Kavanagh

“I recently discovered a fascinating website called ssMaritime, written by maritime historian Reuben Goossens. Anyone who was Australian immigrant in the 60s would have travelled on one of the great liners that plied the UK-Australia run across the International Date Line to the other side of the world. I personally did that run three times, coming to Australia in 1964 as a passenger on the P&O liner SS Iberia, on a working visit, and returning on the Sitmar liner TTS Fairstar in 1965, and returning for good on the P&O SS Oriana in 1969.

A P&O postcard of the SS Iberia

Mr. Goossens’ site has so much information on all these ships that I was happily lost for hours, reliving my voyages through the many photos and ephemera he has collected. But what really caught me eye was the accident-prone Iberia. I was on board this ship in July 1964 when she nearly turned turtle, like the Poseidon in Paul Gallico‘s novel. It was a relief to learn she was accident prone, actually, since I always believed I was a bit of a jinx at sea, and I suspected it was my fault for being on board. But I guess when you mix an accident-prone ship and a human jinx that’s what happens. Anyway I was prompted to write about my adventure.”

Thank you Gail, I was delighted that you were able relive your days aboard these three wonderful classic liners!

SS Oriana is seen arriving in Sydney in the mid 1960s


You can see what a great looking liner the Iberia was at ssMaritime’s

SS Iberia page - Also visit the; TSS Fairstar & SS Oriana



A Very Special Maritime Memorabilia Contact was founded in 1984, and they have one of the finest collections of maritime items available, be it brochures, deck plans, labels, postcards, crockery, silverware and even furniture from historic ships occasionally. However, I am delighted to say that prices are so very affordable, and often they are far better than what is available on eBay. Mind you, I have found that will have items you will never see on eBay!

Nautiques is owned and operated by Mr. Don Leavitt and he has more than 3,000 items of ocean liner and steamship antiques and collectibles spanning the last century available at any one time! You can browse through the site that has hundreds of shipping lines listed from around the world or visit the main page at …

If you are looking for a rare item then contact Don Leavitt direct at; For the ssMaritime email address, see bottom of page.

PLEASE NOTE: The above item is not a paid advertisement, but a personal recommendation of having had superb service and excellent items from them over many years. In addition and I have found that their prices have always been better than excellent and the goods and service have been superb! In fact so I have obtained so many items from and I have placed on various pages throughout this site! Thus, I have decided to share it with you as a favour as I am so often asked about memorabilia and where it can be obtained etc!


Please take note; that ssmaritime is and will always be 100% non-commercial, as I do not sell or seek advertising or funding, thus I do not make a single cent from my sites as it is a work of joy. In fact it cost me a great deal to operate them, but it is a pleasure to do so and from the countless emails I receive, I know that 1. It is appreciated. 2. That so many wonderful memories are relived by past passengers and ship lovers!


Reuben Goossens.

Commenced in the Passenger Shipping Industry in 1960.

Maritime Historian, Cruise‘n’Ship Reviewer, Author & Lecturer.




Visit the Following Special Maritime Sites


Peter Knego & Martin Cox’s superb site


Also read Peter’s excellentDecked Outseries, which is really worth reading!


Save the Classic Liners Campaign

Read about ships saved, or good ships in danger of being scrapped


Also Visit the author’s cruise pages


Also visit Maritime Links & our Maritime Art pages!


“Blue Water Liners sailing to the distant shores.
I watched them come, I watched them go and I watched them die.”





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Where the ships of the past make history & the 1914 built MV Doulos Story


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Any request for Passenger & Crew lists & Sailing schedules will not be answered!


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I receive hundreds of requests and I simply do not have any lists or schedules available.


Please Note: ssmaritime and associated sites are 100% non-commercial and the author does not seek funding or favours and never have and never will.

Photographs on ssmaritime and associate pages are either by the author or from the author’s private collection. In addition there are some images and photographs that have been provided by Shipping Companies or private photographers or collectors. Credit is given to all contributors, however, there are some photographs provided to me without details regarding the photographer or owner concerned. Therefore, I hereby invite if owners of these images would be so kind to make them-selves known to me (my email address can be found at the bottom of the page on, in order that due credit may be given.

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