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Welcome to 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 a good 612 Classic Liners that includes countless delightful Passenger-Cargo liners from many nations, thus having covered so many of the great liners many lesser-known ships to date, and more recently I have been updating many of my previous features, for believe me some of them really needed a good clean up! But for many good reasons I will now have to slowing down far more than I never have in the past, OK, I hear you say; “But you have said all that before.” And yes I certainly have, and that is, for some reason ships are like a drug to me and it is so very hard to give up, even though my eyes are is getting worse and worse and my health is slowing me down every day! But now it is time to put a halt to writing new features, and occasionally update one of my older features, when I am able!

The author seen on a recent Holland America Line Cruise!-

Besides the major liners, there has also been quite a few on the more humble converted pre and war-time Victory class ships being the type C3 & C4 class ships, which were rebuilt into migrant ships and each of them made significant inroads into maritime history, as well as providing some wonderful memories for countless thousands of people since the late 1940s until their demise into the 1960s.

I have covered ships that hail from counties from around the globe, some being the great British liners as well as many of the superbly built and designed Dutch, Belgium, German and Scandinavian ships, many of which were famed for their superb design. Then there are the wonderful French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish French, Portuguese and Greek liners all of which have reached many parts of the globe. But, who will ever forget the excellent American liners as there are a host of excellent passengers-cargo ships to the greatest of great liners This include of course one of my all time favourites such as the SS America, being the forerunner great American the world’s fastest Trans Atlantic Liner the SS United States! But then there were some amazing ships from other lesser-known nations, including some excellent Australian and New Zealand liners that go back to the mid 1800s and early 1900s! I am delighted that I have been able to cover so any counties and some amazing ships!

As you enter the Main Index located at the top of the Left Bar and the ssMaritime Logo, you will discover I trust what you will believe to be a “ship lover’s delight” that will keep you reading and returning for many years to come!

Next, I must say a very special thank you to all my dear friends and ship lovers around the world, and believe me there have been countless millions of you, in fact ssMaritime has just reached over 503.3 million readers, who have read this site and its associated pages. And believe it, so many of you have emailed me from the very beginning, when I was still a clumsy computer hack, with some of the most awful pages and pictures at first, yet you were so kind and loved them, for obviously those pages must have had something. But I learned fast and my sites started to rekindle countless happy memories regarding one or another ship that either you or your parents may have sailed on, or a ship that you may have admired for a long time whilst she was in your 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 I can tell you that it has been a great joy and a pleasure to me, being able to present the many fine 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 the proof of this I have seen as the thousands of emails that I continually receive day after day thanking me for the memories!

Best wishes and thank you for your many years of support!


Reuben Goossens - Retired.

Fifty Years in the passenger shipping Industry

Maritime Historian, Author and Lecturer.

Official Historian of the MV Doulos:

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

Founder 1990 (online in 1995) of the original: campaign.


Enter the ssMaritime SITE INDEX and associated sites via the LINKS located on Left-Bar

New & Updated Features NOW Online!

All – LINKS number 1 to 5 will take you to the relevant feature on THIS page!

1      An amazing 2,448 GRT Union Steamship Company passenger ship TS Loongana that never made it to its homeland, New Zealand, but instead for its 32 years of it life she was based in Melbourne as the fastest ever turbine steamship to operate on Bass Strait to Launceston!

2      The ships of MERCY SHIPS: Learn more about this 35 year old 100% volunteer organisation that operates ships to the worlds poorest countries and provide free medical care and life saving and some amazing cranial and other surgeries!

3      New to the site is the 1932 Trans-Atlantic liner the SS Conte di Savoia and amazing ships with décor to delight, but sadly she had a life that was cut far too short due to the war!

4      The much loved William Francis Gibbs liner the United States Lines SS America, which was sold to became a worldwide favourite, the wonderful Chandris Liner the SS Australis!

5      At the bottom of this page, I have featured for many years a very special Maritime Memorabilia Specialist - and from personal experience, I am able to sat, they offer the largest collection of brochures, plans, silverware and a huge range of other items from the great classic liners and cruise ships of yesterday, as well as ships still cruising the globe to this day. Click the link above for further details!




Union Steamship Company of New Zealand, Melbourne, Victoria.

TS Loongana

The delightful TS Loongana is seen in Port Philip Bay sailing from Melbourne, Victoria

ready to cross Bass Strait bound for the Tamar River and Launceston, Tasmania

Author’s private maritime collection originally obtained in Wellington New Zealand in 1960

This is a ships that turned heads in Australia for more than one reason, for not only was she a delightfully attractive with her handsome lines, her two tall slightly listing masts and her tall funnel that matched the masts in the aft slope, her long deck. But interior wise she was the ultimate surprise package for a ship that was essentially an overnight express service between Melbourne Victoria and Launceston Tasmania! Yet her Music Lounge and Main Saloon and Bar for her two classes were exceptional as were her cabins! But her turbine engines were amazing and fast! But this amazing ship had so much more to offer and turn to her feature to discover her amazing story, for she was indeed a Ship Ahead of her Time!

Enter the all NEW TS Loongana feature




A New and Unique Feature with a Very Special Request!

Dear 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 Ocean-going Hospital ships that offer a 100% volunteer based free Medical and Surgery serves to some of the poorest countries in the world.

A postcard of one of the much-loved Mercy Ships Hospital ships, the MS Anastasis built as the MS Victoria in 1953

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!


You can help a dear little one with a whole new life by giving generously to MERCY SHIPS!

Do I need to say more?


Please SUPPORT this Noble Cause by DONATING NOW!

Please Note: Although the link takes you to the Mercy Ships Australian site you can donate there for it will do the same thing

Or visit: Mercy Ships International: - for a list of many countries to donate!


Please visit my MERCY SHIPS page and read more about some of the MERCY SHIPS - ships!




Lloyd Sabaudo / Italian Line

SS Conte di Savoia

Come and enjoy an extensive feature covering one of Italy’s pre War great Trans-Atlantic liners, but sadly the SS Conte di Savoia is so often confused as being the sister ship to the SS Rex, but she is not a sister ship! The truth is her and the Rex’s design are completely different as are their specifications in addition they were built for different companies. It was only later that both ships had to become part of the Italian Line, but that was as close are they have even been!

The Conte di Savoia has some amazing features including a huge lounge that is completely fashioned after the seventeenth-century Colonna Palace in Rome and this is the grand “Colonna Hall” featuring fine marble pilasters, classical sculptures, friezes and delicate cornices in the style of the seventeenth century. But if we look up to the ceiling we will see a staggering and the huge reproduction of the painting from the Colonna Gallery originally by Lucchesini that he did of the Battle of Lepanto. The rest of the ships is more contemporary, but when a passenger spent time in the Colonna Hall, it was just like being in the heart of a massive hall in the Palace! There are three photographs/images of this venue.

She was completed in 1932 and sailed through to 1940, but the war wouod change thins, but allow the feature to tell its story together with a multitude of photographs!

Enter the SS-Conte Di Savoia Feature



SS America

SS America and later the …

Chandris Lines SS Australis


The superbly designed SS America arrives in port

This feature covers the superb American liner, SS America being the forerunner of the great SS United States both being designed by one of the greatest naval/maritime designers William Francis Gibbs, who of course many of America’s great passenger liners, including some of the superb Matson liners!

This ship would have a good life not jus as a fine American, but in due course she became the greatly loved Chandris Lines Greek liner, the SS Australis for she not only transported migrant from the UK to Australia and new Zealand, but also countless tourists back to the United Kingdom and Europe and homewards to Down Under! She was also popular when she operated her cruises from Sydney as well as from Southampton!

SS Australis seen at Southampton November 17, 1977

Come and relive a piece of history of one of the great ships of the world in this extensive multipage feature of a ship that had an extensive, but towards the end a rather neglected life. Having been sold and whilst she was being towed to Asia to become a tourist facility, she stuck rocks and she came to grief. Amazingly she remained broken up above water and was visible for many years, but as always the seas had their way and she is now completely gone. Full details are on my page with countless photographs and comprehensive deck plans of the SS America and the Australis!

Enter the Pages of the SS America & SS Australis



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 many that I have obtained from 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!


We must always remember that ssmaritime is and will always be 100% non-commercial, as I do not sell or seek any advertising or funding, thus I do not make a single cent from f my sites as it is a work of joy. In fact it cost me a great deal to operate them, but it is my pleasure to do so and from the countless emails I receive, I know that so many wonderful memories are relived!


Reuben Goossens.



Visit Peter Knego & Martin Cox’s superb site


Also read Peter’s excellent “Decked Out” series, 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!


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Saving the greatest American Liner ever …

The SS United States.





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

Special Notices

ssMaritime and its associate sites are and have always been 100% non-commercial and I have placed any paid advertisements, or have been associated with a shipping company or travel agency, etc. Therefore, I have not received any commissions or special favours, except for ship tours, whilst a ship is in port in the role as a travel writer, etc. Thus, I am able to write with full honesty and I am known for not writing without any bias!

Reuben Goossens.


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

This notice covers all pages, although, and I have done my best to ensure that all photographs are duly credited as this is important to me and this notice is displayed on each page, that is, when a page is updated! 

If seeking Passenger or Crew information - PLEASE read the notice below my email address!


To contact the author, why not Email me

My email address is ONLY for general maritime enquiries and photograph details, etc

All those who send Advertising, Spam will be treated very harshly!

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

AN IMPORTANT NOTICE RE THE ABOVE: Regarding Email’s, as I have stated on MOST of my pages, I am sorry, but I will not be answering any emails regarding passenger Lists or information regarding Crewmembers, as I unable to assist!

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!

Reuben Goossens.

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