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It is time for me to say Good Bye!
Welcome to ssMaritime.com. In recent times, I have added a few more ships to the list and I
trust that they will be appreciated! To date I have now written on arouns 625 Classic Liners that includes countless
delightful Passenger-Cargo liners from many nations, thus having covered so
many of the great liners
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.
That is me in
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 over the years I have been astounded that there have been hundreds of millions of you reading this site; in fact ssMaritime has just reached over 505.3 million readers. And believe me, the number of emails are reflected in those numbers, and they commenced from the early days, when I was still a clumsy computer hack, with, what I now consider as having some of the most awful pages and pictures when I commenced, but yet you were so kind and still loved them. Obviously those pages must have had the information you were looking for and there was almost nothing online at that time. If you did a search on a ship, all you would find was my site! Thankfully, I learned fast and my sites improved and they started to rekindle countless happy memories when you searched for one or another ship that either you or your parents may have sailed on. Or be it a ship that you may have admired having admired it whilst she was in port. And friends, that was the whole idea of commencing ssMaritime as a 100% non-commercial website to give joy to the multitudes around the world! And for me it has been a great joy and a pleasure to be able to present the many great liners and other ships to you, and all of them are worthy for each of them have touched countless of individual lives in so many different ways and how do I know this? I have seen this through the around hundred and fifty plus emails that I receive day after day thanking me for the memories as well as asking questions, etc!
As you enter the Main Index located at the top of the Left Bar and the ssMaritime Logo 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 end my quest, I thank you and send you my best wishes and thank you for your support!
Reuben Goossens - Retired.
Over fifty five Years in the Passenger Shipping Industry
Maritime Historian, 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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“A Ship Like No Other”
MV Doulos seen just aft of the Brisbane Portside Cruise Terminal on August 18, 2008
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 hear 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 feature covers many pages and it is located on my ssmaritime.net site!
SS Rotterdam V
“The Grande Dame of the Sea” - SS Rotterdam is seen as built in 1959
Updates: 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 just 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 like
magnificent SS Rotterdam and the SS Dinteldyk seen in
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
Now Go and Read her Amazing Story!
Now Go and Read her Amazing Story!
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friends and long time supporters, I am going to ask you to do something very
special, which is something I have never done before since I first went online
in the early 1990’s. I am going to ask if you would be as kind as to
donate something to a superb, well known and a long-established organisation
that has been faithfully serving the needy and poor who desperately need
medical assistance and some of the most vital surgery! MERCY SHIPS operates unique
postcard of one of the much-loved
However, today there is another ship in operation the 1980 Danish built rail ferry MV Africa Mercy that was obtained to be converted into a hospital ship and medical centre in 1999 and she continues to operate to this day, but she will be replaced by a new built ship in 2018!
MS Africa Mercy is seen at sea bound for a new country badly at need for medical assistance!
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This is due to, 1. They are not available in most cases, 2. Due to my health, being unable to cope, as I receive around 120/130 emails every single day! Yet people just continue to bother me for either a Passenger or a Crew list, etc, and sadly many of these people can even be rather rude and have no respect whatsoever, considering I have asked them not email me at all!
It is for this reason I am slowly removing my email address (except from this page) from all pages on my site, and although it may still be seen on few pages, it will be removed when my health permits me to do so, and all because of you rude individuals who continue to trouble me, etc, thus do not expect an answer, for you will not be receiving a reply!!
I am sorry for my directness, but I have tried to be nice and polite; therefore, I simply had to be totally honest and direct, for everything I have tried in the past has not worked! Thank you for your consideration!
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