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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 has just reached 509.6 million readers to at the time of writing. And just the last three months of 2015 ssmaritime received an amazing 10,989,341 million visitors, which just blows me away! Without a doubt, the number of emails certainly reflects those numbers, and I look back to those 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, for obviously those pages must have had something. But I learned fast and my sites slowly improved and they started to rekindle happy memories regarding one or another ship that either you or your parents or 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. And remember, that it is and remains 100% non-commercial, for its purpose 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 be be able to present the hundreds fine ships to you, and all of them are worthy for they have all touched many individual lives in many different ways and the proof of this countless emails that I receive day after day thanking me for the memories!
With the six hundred eighty 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 many 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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The Sitmar Ships
The wonderful TN Castel Felice on of the early liners
Over the years I have received unbelievable numbers of requests to add a feature on all the Sitmar Liners and Cruise Ships. Well, it has taken a considerable time, but in this work, which has recently been fully updated, I will present the history on each ship, together with photographs, deck plans and menus as well as passengers stories with photographs and documents they have provided! Therefore, I hope and pray that the following 27 page feature will have you reliving your Sitmar experience or possibly experiences, be it sailing to or from Europe/UK to New Zealand, Australia, Canada or the USA on a line voyage, or as a passenger on one of their ships countless cruises, which were amazingly popular!
I certainly have enjoyed writing and compiling this very special and very long feature on a company that I greatly love and have personally sailed with many, many times in those wonderful days!
The much loved and popular TSS Fairsky (2) was one of the best conversions of wartime
built C-3 class Freighter, that then became an Escort Aircraft Carrier, later sold to Sitmar
Now, go and enjoy reading about those wonderful … Sitmar Liners & Cruise Ships.
A Farewell to the~ MS Doulos
“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
However, I remained on board several days longer and officially cut her 94th.Birthday cake on the 22nd!
Photograph by & © Reuben Goossens taken from Portside Cruise Terminal where we had been
berthed for the duration but were forced to move for the last few days, as a cruise ship arrived
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 so hard to save the MV 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 was sent to the shipyards at Batam for modifications. I was originally told that she was going to become a “Floating Hotel and Tourist Facility, etc.” However, it turns out that the magnificent historic ex Doulos has had her interiors virtually stripped, thus destroying much of the integrity of her now 101 year history, but worse still just recently, she has been dragged by chains up onto an Indonesian Island, where she is to become part of a tourist resort. Therefore, having originally supported this campaign I now no longer wish to be associated with the beautiful the land-locked building that is in Indonesia for it is no longer the beautiful ex MV Doulos and MS Franca C, SS Roma and SS Medina, Personally, I go back as far as the days when she was still the Costa Lines MS Franca C, an all First Class luxury cruise ship whilst cruising the Mediterranean with my wife in 1971. Thus, I have sailed on her a good number of times! But all I can say now is; “Farewell, Good and Faithfull Doulos,” which means “Servant” in Greek!
Please Note: The Doulos Online Book has many pages and it is located on ssmaritime.net
near-Poseidon Misadventure on the P&O Iberia
My near-Poseidon Misadventure on the P&O Iberia
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!
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!
Nautiques is owned and operated by
If you are looking for a rare item then
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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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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