Netherland Line MS Willem Ruys
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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.
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
Willem Ruys seen ready to depart for her maiden voyage on December 2, 1947
we see the Willem Ruys’ maiden departure from
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
showing her voyage to the
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!
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
MS Willem Ruys / MS Achille Lauro - INDEX:
MS Willem Ruys: Part One.
Photo Page One: First Class.
Photo Page Two: Tourist Class.
Page Three: Brochures.
Achille Lauro: .
Page Two: Deck Plans.
Page Three: .
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