Classic Liners from great Trans-Atlantic liners or Liners sailing the Globe and also Passenger-Cargo ships with 10 to 240 passengers

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Introduction:

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 written on over 700 Classic Liners, including 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 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 very much worse and I am slowing down rapidly! Thus dear friends, sadly now it is time to put a complete halt to writing any further features as well as any other work. Therefore, thus I have now officially and completely retired and I will no longer be able to answer any further emails! But be assured all ssmaritime.com and associated sites will remain online indefinitely!

Looking Back:

Besides having written now over 700 major passenger liners and as I have already said a good number of more humble ships, many being converted war-time Victory class ships, such as the type C3 & C4 class ships, some rebuilt into very humble migrant ships, to more modern looking and glamorous migrant ships and these ships made significant inroads into maritime history, and I pray that through the pages I have provided many wonderful memories will be provided for countless thousands of past passengers and their relatives who may have sailed on these wonderful ships from the 1930s until their demise in the 1970s.

The author is seen having a coffee during a recent Princess cruise-

I have been 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!

Thank You!

Next, I must say 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 has recently reached 510 million readers to at the time of writing, and that just blows me away! Without a doubt, the number of emails certainly reflects those numbers, and as I look back to those early days when I was just a clumsy computer hack, with some of the most awful pages and pictures, yet you were so kind and you loved them, yet obviously those pages must have had something, being a story. Please remember, that my sites have always remained 100% non-commercial, for my purpose has been to give joy to the multitudes around the world! And I can tell you that it has been a great joy and a pleasure for me to be able to present as many fine classic ships as possible to you, and all of them are worthy for they will have touched so many individual lives in countless ways and the proof of this has been reflected, as I already said, in the emails I receive day after day thanking me for the memories!

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 conclude, I wish to again thank for your gracious support!

Reuben Goossens - Retired.

Commenced in the Passenger Shipping Industry in 1960.

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

Founder (1995, but online in 1997) of the original: www.savetheclassicliners.com.

 

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

 

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Four NEW or UPDATED Features

Please Note: I hereby wish to advise that sadly, the following four features, be they new or updated signify the official conclusion of my work on ssMaritime FOREVER. However, I will continue to update this page in order to highlight various ships that are online. But with over 700 classic Liners, as well as Passenger-Cargo liners and many humble Migrant ships there is so much to continue to read on this site. Enjoy and Goodbye!

Reuben Goossens - Retired.

 

1 … New Feature

The delightful and extremely popular MTS Orpheus - 1969 to 2000

OK, I did say that I would not be writing anything new as due to my health it would be far too difficult. However, I decided that I did always had an desire to write something on a company I greatly admired and loved, for they were the pace setters when it came to commencing Greek and Aegean Island Cruising, and that is the amazing company, which has it origins back in 1850. From the logo above you already know I am speaking of the delightful Epirotiki Lines, a company that purchased some amazing, but solid and superbly maintained second hand ships some that date back to 1914. All these ships received amazing refits turning them into luxurious cruise ships. I had these ships on the back burner for well over ten years and I always desired to get them online one way or another.

This one of Epirotiki Lines amazingly luxurious cruise ships, the elegant MS Argonaut

Although I have now finished the series, my writing is finally complete and I can now officially say that the last Epirotiki ships I have just completed, the MTS Apollon II and MTS Orpheus II together with their “Deck Plan” pages just happens to be my official farewell to you all as I will now not write another word, except for replying to emails! I do wish to sincerely thank you for your longstanding support and kindness over the many years! Be assured, I will miss doing what I have done for a good 56 years, which seems so hard to believe right now in my old age! Again many thanks.

Reuben Goossens.

The luxurious cruise ship, MTS Jason seen in port

 

Page One - MS Semiramis - 1953

 

Page Two - SS Hermes - 1955, SS Atreus - 1958, SS Pegasus & Hermes II - 1960

 

Page Three - MS Argonaut - 1964 / Page Four - MTS Jason - 1966

 

Page Five - MTS Orpheus II - 1968 - Page Six - MTS Apollon II - 1969

 

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Brand New & Newly Updated Features

 

2 … New Feature

Canadian Pacific Rail & Shipping

R.M.S. Empress of Ireland

I have just completed the tragic story of the RMS Empress of Ireland built in 1906. I should say that I have desired to write this story for a long time, but due to poor health I was just not able! However, over an extended period I slowly managed to complete it, and thankfully it is now finished. It also includes details regarding her one month younger and identical sister the Empress of Britain.

What has always amazed me is this; when I first learned about this ship, I discovered that the greatest loss of Passengers at sea did not actually occur on the Titanic or the Lusitania, but it actually happened on that great expanse of the St. Lawrence River. A 6,000-ton ice strengthened coal collier collided into the Empress and sadly it was all over for the great liner in a mere 14 minutes when the great ship had gone down with more passengers dead than either the aforementioned ships!

The Greatest Loss of Passengers:

Out of out of the 1,057 passengers on board the Empress of Ireland, only 217 of them were saved. Yet from the 420 crewmembers on board, 248 were saved, thus more than half of the crew and that does not make sense, for shockingly out of 1,057 passengers a massive 840 of these precious ones perished. Another shocking tragedy was that out of 138 children, O Lord, 134 perished, thus there were only 4 being saved. The story of one of these children is on Page Two.

Page One contains the RMS Empress of Ireland history complete with many photographs and specifications. Whilst Page Two contains the story of the disaster of ships 96th.fatefull voyage on May 28, 1914.

Enter Page One “Empress of Ireland” - The History Page

 

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Orient Steam Navigation Co. Ltd

3 … Two New Features

R.M.S. Ormuz (I)

 

The Innovative R.M.S. Ormuz (I) is seen in Sydney Harbour

In 1886 the Orient Line had taken delivery of their new liner the RMS Ormuz, but within just a year she had made the News in Australian newspaper for being “The Fastest Ship in the World”, and a London Periodical reported that the “Orient Lines Ormuz had landed a consignment from South Australia consisting of apples, pears, grapes, oranges, quinces, lemons, melons and pomegranates.” And then they made it very clear that all this must have come over on the Ormuz’s “cold storage, otherwise it would not have arrived as fresh as it did, considering it having sailed through hot and tropical waters!”

It is rather sad, but there has not been a single Australia maritime historian who has written about this ship, as there is no record of her anywhere. The only time the name “Ormuz” comes up, is with the “Ormuz 2,” which was built as the German ship SS Zeppelin in 1914 and she became the second RMS Ormuz in 1920. However, it is the Ormuz 1 that pioneered the emigration service to Australia and tourist voyages homeward and she has an amazing story to tell!

I am sure that you would like to know much more about this innovative ship, the RMS Ormuz, thus I suggest that you use the LINK below and enter the just completed brand new feature online, as it contains her story together with many wonderful photographs, postcards and other images as well as her Deck Plan on Page Two.

Enter the all New RMS Ormuz (I) Feature

RMS Ormuz (2):

There was another ship named the RMS Ormuz (2) and having been built for the Norddeutscher Lloyd (NDL) in 1914/15, and when completed she was laid up during the war. There after she was used by the Americans for several voyages as a troopship, before being sold to the Orient Line to become the Ormuz and placed on the Australian service.

RMS Ormuz (2) seen on the Thames

Later she was repurchased by NDL and renamed SS Dresden and placed on the Germany to New Yoprk service and later also in cruises, but that would be her undoing in 1934! Her story is online on Page Three and it is an interesting one to say the least!

Also visit Page Three RMS Ormuz (2) Feature

1: Norddeutscher Lloyd - SS Zeppelin 1914-19.

2: Orient Steam Navigation Co - RMS Ormuz 1920-27.

2: Norddeutscher Lloyd - SS Dresden 1927-34.

 

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4 … Updated Feature

29 Page Sitmar Line / Cruises Feature

The delightful and popular old liner SS Castel Felice right through to their ultra modern cruise ships of the late 1980s

Sitmar Line, which in the 1980s was renamed Sitmar Cruises, but SITMAR was a company name, which was derived from the full company name; Societa Italiana Trasporti Marittimi, which is in English; Italian Maritime Transport Company. Sitmar was originally an Italian shipping line founded by Russian Mr. Alexandre Vlasov; however the company's headquarters were later transferred to Monaco. Mr. Vlasov originally operated cargo services, which commenced in 1937, but he gradually purchased laid up ships after the WW2 and rebuilt them into Passenger Liners and commenced passenger services from 1947 and continued until 1988, when the company was taken over by P&O/Princess Cruises.

SS Fairsky seen in Melbourne January 25, 1971

This amazing and extensive feature covers every single Passenger Liner and Cruise Ship including the only ever completed new build, the SS Fairsky, which later became the Pacific Sky in Australia, as well as those ships that were in building, but completed for Princess Cruises as well as a number that had already been designed by Sitmar and placed on order and were built by P&O/Princess. The latter three are currently sailing for P&O Cruises Australia, as the Pacific Pearl, Pacific Dawn and the Pacific Jewel! However, the smaller ships are certainly fascinating and were greatly loved, the SS Castel Felice, ex Kenya, the MS Fairsea, SS Fairsky seen below and the greatly loved TSS Fairstar, ex Oxfordshire (see Item 3). Not to forget the Fair Princess and the Dawn Princess, the two ex Cunarders, which were the two Sitmar Cruises American ship operating very successful luxury cruises when they were named the TSS Fairsea and the Fairwind, which was renamed; Sitmar Fairwind.

I am sure for the countless of thousand who have sailed on a Sitmar Liner to or from the USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand, or taken a cruise on one of their wonderful ships in their later days, and remember that the offshoot of Sitmar today is the Ultra Luxury all Inclusive, All Suite Silversea Cruises is still cruising the globe, but no longer with migrants, but in the top bracket! The Company also mans countless Cruise Companies and V-Ships is one of the largest and the most important ship management company in the cruise industry today and again, we all know what “V” stands for!

Enter the The Sitmar Experience

 

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I trust that the above new or updated features, will be enjoyed as they all have new and/or larger photographs, in addition I have added new details to existing features and stories where applicable!

Reuben Goossens.

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For the Best Maritime Memorabilia

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!

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 … www.nautiques.net.

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

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. 

Reuben Goossens.

Commenced in the Passenger Shipping Industry in 1960.

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

 

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Save the Classic Liners Campaign

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

 

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www.cruise-australia.com

 

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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Any request for Passenger & Crew lists & Schedules WILL NOT BE ANSWERED!

 

Again: If requesting Passenger or Crew Lists or Sailing Schedules, I am sorry your email will be Deleted!

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 www.ssmaritime.com), in order that due credit may be given.

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