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Ships of the Month

March, April & May 2020


“Société Générale de Transport Maritimes&Siosa Line”

S.S. Campana - 1928 to 1955

Sold to become the M/v Irpinia - 1955 to 1983


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Welcome to During 2019 I have managed to add a few Classic Liners to ssMaritime as I already had them in on file partially completed, in addition, I also slowly updated some of my earlier features, for believe me some of them really needed a good clean up, and sadly there are many more that need work. But as most of my readers will know, for a very long time I have been suffering from a variety of extreme health issues, as well as having poor eye sight these days, and all this is sadly slowing me down greatly, and continuing this site and adding new ships, which I love to do so much is now suffering greatly! Therefore, I only do a little work whenever I am able, and I will do my very best whenever possible to add a “Company” or a “Ship of the Month” but now this will only be done on a quarterly basis (give or take), but from now on ships will be from those I already have online, and there are so many wonderful and interesting ships, I am sure you would like to discover!

Please note, due to the flood of emails that arrive each and every day, I no longer personally reply to the vast majority of the emails received, as 99.9% of the emails will be taken care of by my friend and carer Mr. Eng Tan, and those who seek a reply will receive a pre-written email. However, some very special emails with a very specific and most worthwhile question will be shown to me, and when it is possible I will send an answer as some you will have already discovered, although it may take a little time pending my condition at that time. But you will never receive an answer if it is regarding a passenger or a crew list, or a sailing schedule, for if I have a sailing schedule, believe me it will be shown online already.

However, I do have schedules for the three Dutch liners MS Sibajak, Johan van Oldenbarnevelt, and the MS Oranje, thus I have schedules of every voyage these three ships have ever made whilst in Dutch ownership.

Looking Back:

It is hard to believe, that I have now written on well over 1,350 ships, including so many of the great Passenger Liners, but also many Passenger-Cargo Liners, and not to forget those Victory - C3 ships some that became humble migrant liners, but others received amazing rebuilding programs and became fine modern liners with excellent facilities. I have also covered a good number of Classic Cruise Ships, some have now gone and have been broken up, but there are some that still sailing, in fact there is one ship aged today and amazing 72 years (2020) and she is in perfect condition in Class!

Below is a small view of some of the ships online, but the ssMaritime INDEX has a full listing of all the ships I have covered and so much more!

The Great Trans-Atlantic Liner and Cruise Ship the S.S. Queen Elizabeth 2 is seen as built in 1969

Of course she was refitted a good number of times including having been given new diesel engines


Please Note; the QE2 is now open as a Luxury Hotel in Dubai (UAE)

Visit my comprehensive Hotel Queen Elizabeth 2 feature


The Dutch M.S. Randfontein sold in 1971 to become the M.S. Nieuw Holland

she was based in Australia operating on the Asian service to Japan and China, etc

In addition, there are also a good number of humble Migrant ships, many of these being converted War-Time C3 & C4 Class Vessels, and the two ships shown below, both were converted into fully operational aircraft carriers, The ship seen below received a more simple exterior refit like most in this class, but she did have some delightful and more traditional German style public venues.

Laid down as a C3 Class ship in 1941, and used as an aircraft carrier in WW2

Converted into a migrant ship the M.S. Nelly in 1949

And received an extensive refit and renamed Seven Seas in 1953

Whilst other C-Class ships were rebuilt into fine looking Migrant Liners, being delightfully modern and even glamorous ships. Ships that come to mind are the Italian Flotta Lauro’s TSS Roma and Sydney, as well as Sitmar Lines TSS Fairsky, and these ships made significant inroads into maritime history!

Another 1941 C3 Class ship that served during WW2 but as an ugly escort aircraft carrier

She was sold to Sitmar Line to become the fine looking migrant liner T.S.S. Fairsky in 1957

In the early 1970s she became a very popular Australian based cruise ship

And it is my sincere hope, that through the pages of ssMaritime you may rediscover some wonderful memories, be it for past passengers, and their relatives who may have sailed on these amazing ships, from days of old until their demise in the late 1970s to the 1990s. Not to forget the Classic Cruise Ships, some of which are still sailing including the ex Stockholm, Italia Prima, Athena and now the CMV Cruises (UK) M/v Astoria.

The wonderful M/v Astoria, the ship I have sailed on 2 long voyages from Fremantle (Australia)

to Portsmouth (UK), via Asia & the Suez & again via the Indian Ocean Islands, Africa, to Portsmouth

I loved her when she was the Athena, and I had the best cruises on her of my entire life!

In Conclusion:

I must say a very special thank you, to all ship lovers from around the world, for I have been astounded that there have been so many of you reading this site, in fact friends has reached as of recently over 533.8 million readers, and that, dear friends simply blows my mind! And please remember, that all my maritime/cruise sites have always been and will remain 100% non-commercial, for my purpose has been to provide wonderful and hopefully joyful memories to past passengers from around the world, and those who really love passenger liners and older cruise ships! Be assured, it has been a great joy for me to present these many classic ships to, and it has been a joy to have been able to write for so many years, thus all I can say is; go and enjoy the well over 1,350 wonderful maritime memories, and I pray that after a lifetime of sharing my love of these fine ships with you, that they will live long after me to give knowledge to a new generation and wonderful memories to those who remain!

ssMaritime’s Main Index is located just Below & as well at the Bottom of the Page, be assured that you will discover a “Ship lover’s delight” with so many great ships, both Liners, humble Migrant Ships as well as some wonderful Passenger-Cargo Liners from countless countries around the globe, and all of these will have you reading and returning for a long time to come!

Dear Mr. Goossens … just some of the emails of thanks received over the years.

It is my greatest desire that the ships I have covered will provide many memories of their days now mostly long gone, but for those who were fortunate to have sailed on some or more of the ships I have covered I pray will have brought some joy to your heart!

Reuben Goossens - Retired!

Maritime Historian; Working and involved in the Passenger Shipping & Cruise Industry for over 60 years.




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Company’s of the Month


Société Générale de Transport Maritimes (S.G.T.M.)

S.S. Campana - 1928 to 1955

Sold to the Siosa Lines - T/v - M/v Irpinia - 1955 to 1983


The elegant S.S. Campana is seen here whilst on her maiden voyage in 1928/29

This is an amazing story of a fine liner that sailed the seas carrying passenger for well over a half a Century, in fact 55 years, as well having been used during her latter years for a major International Movie, with some 25 of the greatest movie stars ever!

The truth is that I personally fell in love with this ship in 1962 when she was had been sold and the new owners (although haven given her a refit many years earlier), they had just given her a complete rebuild, with new engines and so much more, and her details arrived on my desk at the office. But this is her story from her early days:

The 10,816 GRT - Three Class, S.S. Campana departed Marseille on her maiden voyage to South America on December 14, 1928. She continued her services, but only during WW2 she remained in South America.

Then in 1951 the Campana was chartered to a French company Chargeurs Réunis who would use her on their Marseille to colonial Indochina service for the next four years. The only changes made to the ship the ship were her two colourful yellow funnels with a wide white band that had red stars surrounding it.

A postcard released by Chargeurs Réunis of their stately looking S.S. Campana

As the company decided to conclude passenger services, the Campana was returned to SGTM early in 1955, and although being already 26 years old, she remained in perfect condition, but as SGTM had no further use for her she was placed on the market.

The S.S. Campana was indeed a fine liner and Page One will cover all her details, photographs and history from construction to her being sold in 1955 to an Italian Company owned by the famed Grimaldi brothers who took the ship and had a shipyard give her a comprehensive refurbishment and when she completed she was renamed “Irpinia| and placed under the management of the “Grimaldi Siosa Lines”, which later was shortened to just the “Siosa Lines”.


The Turbine vessel - T/v Irpinia is seen in 1956 during a cruise

She had been modernised, but in 1962 she received a massive

transformation and had became a Motor vessel - M/v in 1962

She became a greatly loved ship, with her beautiful and modern interiors, swimming pools and excellent service and entertainment, etc. But after seven years her owners decided to give her a massive makeover!

Thus in 1962 the Irpinia was taken to the “Adriatico” Shipyard at Trieste, where she was given a total metamorphosis and became what looked like an almost brand new ship! Her old steam turbines engines were removed and replaced by two modern FIAT Diesel engines, which doubled her previous power, with 16 000 BHP, giving her a new speed of 19 Knots cruising speed, with a maximum speed of 20 Knots.

Externally she was rebuilt with her two old funnels removed, with a single shapely modern style funnel installed. Her two tall mainmasts were removed and once again a shapely tall signal, radar mast was placed atop her Bridge, whilst her forward kingposts were modernised, and the aft section of Lido Deck was enclosed as a brand new full width Lounge had been installed. Upon completion the amazing transformation of this fine cruise ship had turned her into a modern ship, and it was very difficult to see the original      1929 built French liner in this more modern looking cruise ship. She was now registered at 13,204 GRT.

I trust that you will enjoy this three page feature full of Information, as well as Photographs, Brochures, Deck Plans and other items from the ship.

Here we see the beautiful Motor Vessel the M/v Irpinia arriving at another cruise destination

In conclusion; In the late 1970’s the then managing company, “Grimaldi Sicula Oceanica” was contacted by “Associated General Films” who intended to make a ‘Lew Grade’ movie entitled the ‘Voyage of the Damned,” as they required a suitable older style liner and the 1929 built M/v Irpinia was perfect. They chartered her for the making of this major movie event, which had a massive cast of some of the finest and best-known actors of that time! “Voyage of the Damned” won Golden Globe Awards for being the Best Motion Picture and Supporting Actress. It was without a doubt an amazing movie’

The Movie Company added a dummy funnel just forward of her actual funnel and

encased the real funnel with an old style one thus they both looked the same

After the movie she cruised on until the 1980s, but then came the time she was due for her next major seaworthiness certification inspection by “Registro Italiano Navale,” and sadly the Irpinia was unable to obtain a new certificate in Italy. This was mostly due to her considerable age and the cost of bringing her up to the required standards would be massive. Thus the Owners of the Grimaldi Siosa Lines decided with great sorrow to having to sell this “Grand old Lady of the Sea” that had served the magnificently! She was obtained by Italian “Cant Nav Santa Maria S.p.A.”, Ship Breakers in La Spezia. In September 1983, the breaking up of this great Liner and Cruise ship commenced.


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I watched them come, I watched them go and I watched them die.




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