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Ships of the Month

May, June & July 2020


Rederi A/S Pulp Company”

M.S. Anna Salen - 1946 to 1955

Ex M.S. Mormacland 1939, H.M.S. Archer 1941, Empire Lagan 1945 - Later M.S. Tasmania 1955 & Union Reliance 1961


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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!

Special News Item


The MV Astoria, originally built in 1948, will sail her final Cruise with Cruise & Maritime Voyages on October 19, 2020,

13 night “Norway & Land of the Northern Lights” Cruise.


Visit MV-Astoria her final cruise after 72 years of sailing - the full story

Located on my site, with a link to …

The MS Stockholm IV full history on



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 534.3 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


Rederi A/S Pulp Company”

M.S. Anna Salen - 1946 to 1955.

Ex M.S. Mormacland 1939, H.M.S. Archer 1941, Empire Lagan 1945 - Later M.S. Tasmania 1955 & Union Reliance 1961


The humble migrant ship M.S. Anna Salen is seen arriving at the port of Melbourne, Australia in April 1952

Photograph with thanks “State Library of Victoria”

The Anna Salen commenced as the simple the 12 passenger C-3 class Moore-McCormack Lines cargo ship, the M.S. “Mormacland”.

The standard C-3 Class cargo ship, M.S. Mormacland is seen upon her completion

Although she made several voyages after completion, she was rapidly commissioned by the US Navy for rebuilding into a “Long Island” class “Escort Aircraft Carrier” named the HMS “Archer”.

The HMS Archer D78 is seen at sea around 1943

Towards the end of World War Two, in 1945 she was remanded for a short time M.S. Empire Lagan. Then in 1946 the boxy looking ship was purchased by Mr. Sven Salén of Stockholm who was a well-known ship owner, who at first decided to have her rebuilt into a bulk carrier, and he sent her to “Bethlehem Shipyard” at Baltimore where she would be rebuilt, but soon it was decided having obtained a passenger contract to have her refitted into a migrant ship instead with her superstructure extended far aft to the stern, and with many lifeboats added. She was operated from 1949 after her long transformation, on the Italy and Germany to Australia service, as well as voyages to Canada.

A postcard of the Anna Salen

Mid 1955 she was sold to a Greek company; “Compagnia Navigazione Tasmania SA”, of Piraeus, who renamed her; “Tasmania”. Although her humble interiors remained unchanged, the only difference was her outward appearance, being a black hull. M.S. Tasmania was placed under the management of the “Hellenic Mediterranean Line” and she was placed on her new regular service, operating from Piraeus to Melbourne and continued in Greek ownership until 1960, although for the last four years they operated her only as a cargo ship.

The “Hellenic Mediterranean Line” M.S. Tasmania

In 1960 she was sold to the “China Union Lines” of Taipei, Taiwan and they gave her the new name “Union Reliance”. The purpose of the ship was to continue to operate her as a regular cargo service to various American ports. But her days with them would be very short indeed to say the least!

There is a Three Page comprehensive feature covering this well known ship, which has a fine wartime career, carried countless thousands of Displaced persons from Europe to Australia and Canada giving them new lives. But she also had many days of mechanical problems, and these, breakdowns at sea and a tragic collision that ended her career are all covered.


Visit my Three Page MS Anna Salen Feature


 “Blue Water Liners sailing to the distant shores.
I watched them come, I watched them go and I watched them die.




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 “Blue Water Liners sailing to the distant shores.
I watched them come, I watched them go and I watched them die.


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