With Reuben Goossens

Maritime Historian


Royal Rotterdam Lloyd

MS Willem Ruys

Later rebuilt to become Flotta Lauro’s Achille Lauro


Photo Album - Page One – First Class


Willem Ruys is moved to her fitting out berth

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 eras. 1. As built and 2. After her major refit and facelift at the Wilton-Fijenoord shipyard in 1958/59.

Willem Ruys being fitted out


Made ship-shape, almost ready to set sail from Rotterdam to the East Indies


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



Grand Social Hall


Social Hall


Social Hall Dance Floor


Social Hall upper level Bar



Above & Below: The Writing Room





The Shop



Above & Below: The Smoking Room



The Main Lobby


The Dinning Room



Above & Below: Pool & Sports Deck





Sports deck


An Early Colour Photograph of the Willem Ruys


Willem Ruys’ distinctive Stern


MS Willem Ruys / Achille Lauro INDEX:

MS Willem Ruys:       Part One

Photo Page One:         First Class

Photo Page Two:        Tourist Class

Achille Lauro:              Part Two

Achille Lauro:             SOS



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Photographs on ssmaritime and associate pages are by the author or from the author’s private collection. In addition there are some images that have been provided by Shipping Companies and private photographers or collectors. Credit is given to all contributors. However, there are some photographs provided to me without details regarding the photographer/owner concerned. I hereby invite if owners of these images would be so kind to make them-selves known to me (my email address may be found on only), in order that due credit may be given. I know what it is like, I have seen a multitude of my own photographs on other sites, yet these individuals either refuse to provide credit or remove them when asked, knowing full well that there is no legal comeback when it comes to the net. However, let us show these charlatans up and do the right thing at all times and give credit where credit is due!

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