Netherland Line MS Willem Ruys

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Part One - MS Willem Ruys

Photo Album - Page One First Class

This page features many photographs of the unique Liner Willem Ruys, which later became the ill-fated Achille Lauro.

Photographs on this page are from two different areas. 1; as built and 2; some photos may be from after she had her 1958/59 refit and exterior facelift at the Wilton-Fijenoord shipyard. This saw her decks extended far aft and had additional windows added aft of her lifeboats part of it being a Wintergarden for Tourist Class as well as a glass enclosed promenade deck! In addition her funnels were heightened.

Having just been launched, the Willem Ruys is towed to her fitting out berth

 

Willem Ruys is seen being fitted out, but is close to completion

 

Hull is being touched up before her maiden voyage

 

Willem Ruys seen ready to depart for her maiden voyage on December 2, 1947

 

Here we see the Willem Ruys’ maiden departure from Rotterdam

 

The first liner to have the lifeboats slung low between the hull and superstructure

 

View from the lookout

 

 

Above & Below: Willem Ruys had spacious Promenade Decks, both open and glass enclosed

 

 

Postcard showing her voyage to the East Indies

 

First Class Photo Album

 

 

Above & Below: The Grand Social Hall and the Grand Stairwell

 

 

Grand Social Hall and the Grand Stairwell to the upper level

 

The Social Hall was always overlooked by the two mermaids!

 

The Social Hall Dance Floor

 

The upper level of the Social Hall and the Bar located port side aft

 

 

Above & Below: The Writing Room and Library

 

 

Wintergarden surrounded the Social Hall and it was the perfect place to meet friends for coffee or a drink!

 

The Shop

 

 

Above & Below: The elegant Smoking Room

 

 

The Main Lobby had a comfortable seating area

 

Here we see a part of the Dinning Room

 

 

Above & Below: Swimming Pool & Sports Deck

 

 

 

Above & below: Two fine colour images of the pool and her decks

 

 

Sports deck - Note the heightened funnels, thus this photo was taken after the 1958/59 refit

 

An Early Colour Photograph of the Willem Ruys with her original funnels

 

The ships Bridge

 

The Telegraph on the Engine Room Main Control Panel

 

 A view over part of the Engine Room

 

Here we see the Willem Ruys’ very distinctive stern - see the photo below for the changes made to her stern section in 1958/59

 

The MS Willem Ruys is seen after her 1959 refit with the new aft windows in Tourist Class

Also her aft decks were extended far aft and also her funnels had been heightened

 

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MS Willem Ruys / MS Achille Lauro - INDEX:

MS Willem Ruys:   Part One.

Photo Page One:      First Class. To be updated.

Photo Page Two:      Tourist Class. To be updated.

Brochure:                All Classes. Online soon.

Achille Lauro:        Part Two.

Achille Lauro:          SOS - Message sent by UK Coastguard re SOS received.

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Also Read:             MS Oranje / Angelina Lauro - Netherland Line.

.                           MS Johan van Oldenbarnevelt - Netherland Line.

.                           MS Sibajak - Royal Rotterdam Lloyd.

 

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