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MS Oranje

Passenger List - Maiden Voyage August 4, 1939

A Cruise to Madeira

Dieuwertje Goedkoop, who now lives in Alicante Spain wrote an email in December 2009 - it read as follows:

“In 1989 I had the pleasure to visit with my father an exhibition in the ‘Scheepvaartmuseum of Amsterdam’ dedicated to the 50th birthday of M.S. Oranje. When I was 6 months old I had the privilege of making a ten-day voyage to Madeira and the Azores from 4-14 August 1939. At this beautiful exposition I remember seeing some photographs of this cruise and even one of a cradle obviously containing my little self. I still have a passenger list in my possession, which I have enclosed, but have no photographs.(slightly edited).

MS Oranje is seen her just prior to her sea trails and delivery in June 1939

Photograph from the author’s private collection


The cover reads: “A List of Participants of the Voyage of the M.S. Oranje

To Madeira and the Azores – 4 to 14 August 1939


Captain: B. A. Potjer – Cruise Director: A. Weiland



 The Goedkoop Family are listed below on the top right hand side Dieuwertje is with “Mevr (Mrs) en baby”








The First Class Lounge as seen in 1939

Photograph from the author’s private collection

I hereby wish to thank Dieuwertje Goedkoop for providing the passenger list of MS Oranje’s maiden sailing, which is an historic item indeed! Although she has no real recollection of the actual voyage, this website has given her an insight of the ship that transported her and her family so long ago. That is exactly what ssmaritime is all about, reviving and reliving memories for all who have sailed on these fine liners of yesterday, including for those who are looking into the voyages from one side of the globe to another of their patents and forebears! I am most grateful for the countless email I receive each and every day, for most say much the same, thank you for the memories!


Page One: The Oranje Story

Page Two: The Angelina Lauro Story

Page Three: Angelina Lauro Photo Page

Page Four: Angelina Lauro’s demise

Page Five: Angelina Lauro Deck Plan

Page Six: MS Orange – Passenger list of her very first voyage/cruise - 4 Aug 1939

Provided by passenger Dieuwertje Goedkoop


Visit our Main Index for features on other Dutch liners, such as the Johan van Oldenbarnevelt, Sibajak, Willem Ruys (Achille Lauro), the TSS Rijndam and Maasdam, SS Rotterdam and SS Nieuw Amsterdam, the simple migrant ships such as the Waterman, Groote Beer and Zuiderkruis, as well as the famed “Elegant yachts” of Royal Inter Ocean Lines ships, and many other Dutch Passenger/Cargo ships, all of which can be found on my Main Index.



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