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The ships I have covered hail from counties
around the globe, some being the great British liners as well as many of the
superbly built and designed
The Author seen in 2013--
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!
As many regular readers know, due to my health etc, I am now retired and was supposed to have stopped writing quite some time ago, but having said that, I simply could not stop and I think that I have now added a good twenty five or more ships to my earlier listings, as well as slowly updating my many older features!
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 501.02 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 these many fine ships to you, be they the grand and well known ships that I have presented, or those that are hardly known to some, but all of them were worthy for each of them touched countless of individual lives in so many different ways and the proof of this were the many emails I received begging me if I could place this or that ship online. I am sure that you may not know of some the following ships that I have written on, such as the delightful; MS Sinkiang or the SS Razmak, SS Exochorda, MV Thysville, MS Eros, SS President Adams and the greatly loved SS Newfoundland and the MS Changsha being just a few of the many lesser known ships I have covered!
Best wishes and thank you for your many years of support!
Reuben Goossens - Well, sort of Retired.
Commenced in the Passenger shipping Industry in May 1960.
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) of the Original: www.savetheclassicliners.com campaign.
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She was such an attractive and an intimate passenger and cruise ship
OK, I am retired, but here is my 11th.ship in just a very short time believe it or not, after this I will have to have a long rest for now I will need it!
This is the delightful Swedish passenger ferry
and cruise ship the 7, 700 GRT ship SS Patricia with had an interesting 47 year
life before she met her end on the beach at Alang. However, before that she
operated annual Trans-Atlantic voyages to operate her cruise series out of
Enter the all NEW SS Patricia feature
R.M.S. Strathaird Updated!
RMS Strathaird is seen in
Although the Strathaird feature has been
online for a considerable time, however I have just completed updating her two
original pages. However, I have now added her Deck Plan on Page Three. Thus
this will make this feature even more interesting and page one and two is
packed with new photographs, including those sent to me by Ruth Wilson, being a
superb set of postcards obtained on board just after her post war refit when
she had her two dummy funnels removed! Australian’s should also remember
that it was this ship started the
Australian cruise industry on December 23, 1932. The very next day,
December 24, the RMS Oronsay departed
Enter the RMS Strathaird feature
Presenting the New Zealand Shipping Co, Ltd
Ruapehu is seen arriving in Wellington New
This is one of the very early New Zealand Shipping Companies passenger-Cargo liners and she was built back in 1901. The Ruapehu has an interesting story to tell, mas she sailed for a solid 29 years transporting passengers and cargoes via South Africa and the Panama Canal to New Zealand Then in World War One she carried countless troops and amazingly she came out of the war unscathed, unlike so many other of the fine liners that had served so bravely.
You will discover, if you look closely at the Main Index, that I have covered many of the NZSSCo liners, such as the “Rangi” ships and more, but this ship is a quite different to the Rangitoto, Rangitata and other ships of the line!
Visit my NEW RMS Ruapehu feature
Presenting Three NEW Union Steamship Company Ships …
RMS Aorangi II
To date I have written on a good number of Union Steam Ship Company (USSCo) ships such as the little 1874 built SS Waitaki / SS Moeraki & Manuka / SS Marama & Maheno / RMS Aorangi / TSS Monowai / TSS Awatea / MV Matua and the last being the dfelightful Banana boat the 1951 MV Tofua. Although there were other inter-Island ferries built, but the ships covered were mostly their international Trans-Tasman or Trans-Pacific liners, with the odd exception such as the SS Waitaki that was only included on ssmaritime for a very special reason!
This special feature cover’s one of the USSCo greats, the superb liner, which was beautifully designed and executed by Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Company in Glasgow, Scotland in 1924 and completed in 1925. This feature will cover the career of the great RMS Aorangi, as well as the war years from 1941 to 1945. In addition there are countless excellent photographs of her externally as well as her sublime interiors!
Enter my NEW RMS Aorangi Feature!
Over the years, it has been a delight to write
about the wonderful ships of the Union Steamship Company of
SS Moeraki is seen berthed at the
Due to a recent request I have covered the USSCo’s, 4,500 GRT liners - S.S. Moeraki of 1902 and the S.S. Manuka of 1903, being the first two ships that were to be built of six similar ships that were due to be built!
PS: Should anyone have any interior photos or other material of interest, including menus and schedules, etc, I would greatly appreciate your scanning and sending them. Full credit will be provided!
I trust that you will enjoy this new feature!
Enter the SS Moeraki & Manuka Page
Here is a very special feature covering four unique luxury passenger-cargo liners that constantly sailed around the world with twelve pampered passengers. Thus what made these freighters so special? The truth is they had the most glamorous passenger facilities ever seen on freighters, for they had rather humble beginnings.
American President Lines took four C4-S-1a class basic cargo ships and turned these ugly ducklings into sheer beauties and they were suddenly greatly desired by tourists who desired to go and discover the globe in the ultimate of comfort, but without all the crowds of a large passenger liner!
Enter my brand new feature …
Another Wonderful NEW Seven-Page Feature
Very first Purpose Built Cruise Ships, the …
One ship had a long Successful Life, whilst the other a short Troubled One!
A wonderful photograph of the Ambassador whilst she
was on the
Today, January 2014 she is a good 43 years of age and she will have sailed many ocean miles!
*Photograph part of the Author’s private collection – *See the special note on these ships pages
The ship above certainly does not look like the traditional classic liner, and no these two ships are not, however they certainly belong on these pages as they hail from the very early 1970s a time when shipping was beginning to change!
Two ships were ordered to be built; the first
to be commenced was by the “Rotterdamsche Droogdok Maatschappij
And they were completed for Cunard Line had
who would enter them into their new Cunard fly/cruise market in the
Cunard’s new cruise ships when launched were named the Cunard Adventurer of 1971 and Cunard Ambassador of 1972. Sadly the MS Cunard Ambassador was the first to leave the fleet as she caught fire just two years after having commenced cruising in 1974. She was declared a total loss, but she was obtained by a Danish Company who had her rebuilt to be come a livestock/sheep transport ship named Linda Clausen to be operated between the Middle East and Australia! Sold in 1980 and she was renamed Procyon and continued on the same services. In 1983 she was sold again and renamed Raslan and still operated on the Middle East Australia livestock service. However, within a few months she again caught fire and she was a complete loss and had to be broken op.
Whilst the MS Cunard Adventurer sailed for a little longer, but the ship and the fly/cruise venture never really proved to be very popular with the traditional Cunard clientele! In 1977, six years after she entered into service she was sold to Klosters – NCL to become the MS Sunward II and she received the twin aft funnels again and amazingly, this same ship that had been a disaster became a huge success! Later she became Epirotiki Lines MTS Triton and Louis Cruises MV Coral.
This feature offers history on the two ships in all their incarnations, including the new received in December 2013, as well as deck plans od all these ships and an amazing photo page, which is an exclusive to myself, making up a total of seven page feature for you to discover!
Thus Enter this Remarkable Feature via the link below!
was founded in 1984, and they have one of the
finest collections of maritime items available, be it from brochures, deck
plans, labels, postcards, crockery to furniture. Best still, prices are
extremely affordable, and often they are far better than what is available on
EBay, mind you, I have found that they have items that just do not show up on
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PLEASE NOTE: This is not a paid advertisement; it is just that I personally recommend Nautiques having had superb service and some fine goods from them over the years, and I have found that their prices are excellent and the goods and service have been superb. Most of these can be seen on the 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!
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Also read Peter’s excellent “Decked Out” series, which is really worth reading!
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AN IMPORTANT NOTICE: Regarding Email’s, as I have stated on many of my pages, I am very sorry, but I will not be answering any emails regarding passenger Lists or information regarding Crew members, 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 120/30 emails every single day! Yet many continue to ask me for either a Passenger or a Crew listing, etc, and sadly many of these people can be rather rude and have no respect whatsoever, considering I have asked them not to ask!
It is for this reason I have removed my email address (except from this page) from all pages on my site, and although it may still be seen on few pages, they will be removed when my health permits me to do so, but for all those rude individuals who still try continue to bother me, etc, do not expect an answer, for NONE will be coming!
I am so sorry for my directness, but I have tried to be nice and polite, thus this time I just had to be totally honest and direct, for nothing I have done in the past has worked!
Thank you for your consideration!
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