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sadly no longer available, due to Mr.
Goossens’ old age and severe chronic illnesses as well as being
completely disabled, etc. since the 1990’s ssMaritime has received a
large number of emails each day, but
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Please Note: In recent times a good number of ships were discovered on the system and many of these are now online:
Some time ago, whilst checking Mr. Reuben Goossens discovered a number of ships which he had already started and were either close to being completed and needed to be finished, or there was still quite some work required, and of course they were not listed on the ssmaritime Index. Thus with assistance of an computer expert and a wonderful long standing friend of Reuben, we have been able to bring these ships online for you, as I would not have been able to do this myself, due to my lack of knowledge.
Recent update: The very last of
these ships, the 15th ship in-fact, is another two page feature and
it is now online. This is the P&O passenger Liner and Cruise Ship, the much
loved S.S. Himalaya (3) of 1949, and I am
sure that you will enjoy her story and the countless photographs of her interiors
and exteriors, etc. There are even images of Cricketers heading to play the
Ashes in the
All the 15 ships have now been uploaded, and these ships include … 1. From France came one of the most amazing French liners ever, being the magnificent first ever Art Deco style S.S. Île de France of 1927, she remained the “French Lines” most popular ship ever, in spite of their new super sized and fast liner 2. the S.S. Normandie of 1935, which was one of the greatest ships, but sadly she was their least successful ships ever. Then there were four simply delightful Dutch liners, 3. the S.S. Prinses Amalia of 1874, 4. the S.S. Gelria of 1913, and 5. the S.S. Jan Pieterszoon Coen of 1915, and 6. the M.S. Colombia of 1930, next is the magnificent Scandinavian super luxury cruise ship 7. the M.Y. Stella Polaris of 1927, and two great Italian liners - 8. the S.S. Conte Grande of 1928, and 9. the S.S. Frederico C of 1958, 10. is the R.M.S. Monarch of Bermuda of 1931, which was sold to become the humble S.S. New Australia and finally the Q.S.S. Arkadia, 11. the amazing R.M.S. Aquitania of 1914, and she was such an amazing ship and I know you will enjoy this spectacular feature as well - but she is followed by - 12. The magnificent 31,938 GRT Cunard Liner, R.M.S. Mauretania (1) of 1906 she was considered one of the most elegant liners of her time and this feature will cover her in detail with countless photographs as well as excellent Deck Plans, etc. 13. M.V. Britannic (3) of 1930, 14. and her sister-ship the M.V. Georgic (2) of 1932, two brilliant Motor ships. 15. S.S. Himalaya (3) of 1949.
These 15 fine ships and countless other ships can all be found on the ssMaritime Index. Sadly there are now no more to come as Mr. Reuben Goossens can no longer write any longer. I have been his friend and an assistant since 1983, yet sadly I do not have much knowledge in regard to the world of shipping, but glad to assist in a small way and finish what he really had already done.
By his friend & editor.
However, featured below is the spectacular …
liner R.M.S. Aquitania is seen arriving at
Plans for the new liner commenced for the
“Cunard Steamship Company Ltd” commenced early in 1910, and her
design was undertaken by Cunard’s Naval Architect ‘
R.M.S. Aquitania at sea
But what made the “
The First Class Lounge, also known as the “Palladian Lounge” was the signature venue of the ship and was located on Promenade (A) Deck and it featured a rich Baroque-style of decoration. Whilst on a lower deck of the ship, was the very first ever Swimming Pool to be placed on a Cunard liner.
The Palladian Lounge
Whilst the “Smoking Room” was entirely traditional and was called the “Carolean Smoking Room”, its décor was staggering with fine art and classic style furnishings.
A part of the Smoking Room
However Second Class also had fine Lounges, in fact they were superior to some first class venues on other liners!
Second Class Lounge complete with a centre ceiling well (out of sight) featuring a fine class dome
This is the superb Second Class Smoking Room that is also known as the “Kensington Palace Smoking Room”
Third Class had every facility, several Lounges, Drawing room, Smoking Room, a Library and a Dining Room.
A most pleasant Third Class Lounge
This fine ship had an excellent 36 year career, which saw her serve in two World Wars, as an Armed Merchant Cruiser, a Hospital Ship and finally a Troopship. This R.M.S. Aquitania feature is three pages and has countless high quality photographs, it is one of the most detailed studies of a ship I have online! Thus enjoy it!
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I (Reuben) have been a long time supporter and a customer
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and so much more. Personally I have found his prices to be excellent and the service is simply outstanding!
I have been one of his clients for countless years and the service has been perfection!
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Water Liners sailing to the distant shores.
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The Author has been in Passenger Shipping & the Cruise Industry since 1960
In addition he was founder of “Save the Classic Liners Campaign" in 1990.
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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, so sorry if this is the case.
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