Classic Liners including Trans-Atlantic liners and around the world liners and passenger-cargo liners with just 10 to 240 passengers
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Welcome to ssMaritime.com. 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
But be assured ssmaritime.com and ssmaritime.net covering the over 101-year old MV Doulos will remain online indefinitely!
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
ten years ago, seen in the delightful Tamar Valley.----
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 ssmaritime.com! 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!
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: www.ssmaritime.net.
Previously the: MS Franca C, SS Roma, SS Medina built in 1914.
Founder 1995 (online in 1997) of the original: www.savetheclassicliners.com
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MS Kungsholm IV
Later; MV Sea Princess, Victoria, Mona Lisa, Oceanic, Mona Lisa, Veronica
SOLD TO THE BREAKERS
The magnificent 1966 built MS Kungsholm IV
The great and popular
Kungsholm IV visited
The Kungsholm was
sold to P&O/Princess in 1977 and she was given a massive rebuilding and a
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
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
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
Also visit: Save the Classic Liners Campaign
SS Rotterdam V
Feature Updated in 2015
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
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
magnificent SS Rotterdam and the SS Dinteldyk
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!
here we see a real and a beautiful ship, the SS Rotterdam seen in
Go and Read her Amazing Story!
Now Go and Read her Amazing Story!
Enter the SS Rotterdam V Feature
“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
MV Doulos was
launched on August 22, 1914; just two years after the Titanic departed
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
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.”
Please Note: The Doulos Online Book has many pages and it is located on ssmaritime.net site!
Misadventure on the P&O Iberia
My near-Poseidon Misadventure on the P&O Iberia
“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
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
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
You can see what a great looking liner
Nautiques.net 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 Nautiques.net will have items you will never see on eBay!
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PLEASE NOTE: The above item is not a paid advertisement, but a personal recommendation of Nautiques.net 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 Nautiques.net 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!
Commenced in the Passenger Shipping Industry in 1960.
Maritime Historian, Cruise‘n’Ship Reviewer, Author & Lecturer.
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I watched them come, I watched them go and I watched them die.”
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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.
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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 www.ssmaritime.com), in order that due credit may be given.
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