Classic Liners from great Trans-Atlantic liners or Liners sailing the Globe and also Passenger-Cargo ships with 10 to 240 passengers

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Welcome to During 2016 &17 I have managed to add some additional Classic Liners and other ships to ssMaritime, as well as managing to updated a good number of my earlier features, for believe me some of them really needed a good clean up, and sadly there are many more that need it, but I am no longer able! Now for health reasons, sadly I am forced to conclude my work! Therefore, I will now only occasionally add to this page a “Company” or “Ship of the Month” which is already online, but sadly I will no further add any new ships now as I have done for well this for over 26 years. In addition, due to the flood of emails that arrive daily, I will no longer be able to answer all emails as most will be taken care of by mt friend ans carer, and I am sorry, but most will receive a pre-written reply, but some with a specific worthwhile question may receive an answer. But not if it is regarding passenger or crew lists, including sailing schedules, for if I have a schedule, believe me it is already online, except for the Dutch liners MS Sibajak and the MS Oranje, of which I have every single departure!

Looking Back:

To date I have written well over 1,084 Classic Passenger Liners, Passenger-Cargo Liners, including a good number of humble Migrant ships, many of these being converted War-Time Victory Class ships, such as the type C3 & C4 Class Vessels. Some of these ships were rebuilt into rather humble Migrant Liners, whilst others became far more modern and even glamorous Migrant Liners, such as Flotta Lauro’s TSS Roma and Sydney, as well as Sitmar’s TSS Fairsky, and these ships made significant inroads into maritime history. I hope that through the pages off ssMaritime you will discover many wonderful memories, be it for those past passengers and their relatives who may have sailed on these wonderful ships, from days of old until their demise in the late 1970s. And not to forget the Cruise Ships

The author is seen aboard the MV Athena in 2011 whilst on a-

voyage from Australia to England on the classic ship built ---

in 1948 and was completely rebuilt from the hull up in 1995-

She is still sailing today as the CMC Cruises (UK) MV Astoria-

To Conclude:

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 ssMaritime; in fact this site has now almost reached over 520.2 million readers to date from when my first site came online 25 years ago, and that, dear friends simply blows my mind! Please remember, that my sites have always remained 100% non-commercial, for my purpose has been to provide wonderful and hopefully joyful memories to all past passengers from around the world, and those who really love passenger lines and older cruise ships! Be assured, it has been a great joy for me to present these many classic ships, which I have been able to write about for so many years, therefore, enjoy the memories!

Below area number of my last brand new features and updated ones, as well as the “Ship of the Month.”

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

Enter the ssMaritime Main INDEX, OR start by discovering my New & Updated Features below.

Reuben Goossens - Retired!

Maritime Historian, Commenced in the Passenger Shipping & Cruise Industry in 1960.





Ships of the Month

M.S. Jagersfontein (3) the last of the ships completed of the “Fontein Trio”


Featuring M.S. Klipfontein (2), Oranjefontein & Jagersfontein (3)

Also the M.S. Randfontein (2) in 1971 sold to become the M.S. Nieuw Holland

This multi page feature covers four of the very last major Passenger-Cargo liners to be built for the famed “Vereenigde Nederlandsche Scheepvaart Maatschappij - (V.N.S.) Den Haag which was also known as the “Holland Africa Line.” The first of these ships was a fine trio of identical 10.500-ton Fontein ships, which were launched in 1939 and 1940 accommodating up to 160 passengers, but each had a very different start to their existence due to WW2.

M.S. Randfontein, the new, larger, modern, but NNS very last ever passenger-cargo liner to be built

The company’s next and their very last passenger liner of 13.700-ton was floated out of her graving dock in 1958 and she accommodated 289 passengers. All four ships offered excellent First and Tourist Class accommodations. In 1971, she was sold to Royal Interocean Lines and she was Renamed Nieuw Holland and relocated in Hong King and she operated the Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane to Japan service, but due to air travel she only lasted just four years and she was sold to the Chinese who operated her for many more years!

This five page feature has countless photographs, including a fine personal passenger and a memorabilia page as well as the smaller 12 passenger-cargo ship the SS Abbekerk.

Visit the “Ships of the Month”: Fontein Ships



Welcome to my FINAL FEATURE

Dear friends, I just wish to say thank you to all those who have spent up to 25 years reading this site discovering all those great or humble classic passenger liners or combination liners. Then there are those who have just been searching for a ship that they, or a family member sailed on bound for a new home in South America, South Africa, the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and of course they usually ended up at ssmaritime where their ship would be featured. I have to thank you for the countless of thousands of kind emails that I have received over the years, many have really touched me and I am delighted that the pages on the ship you or your family sailed on brought you such great joy! But, now I have completed my very last feature on a little known Portuguese ship, yet she was revolutionairy in her own way!

However: Had it not been for Mr. Rutger Verhoef of the Netherlands, I would not have come out of retirement to write the M.S. UIGE feature! Thus thank you Rutger.


Yet one further Portuguese Passenger-Cargo Liner was ordered to be built by “Companhia Colonial de Navegacao” of Lisbon to be constructed by S.A. John Cockerill” at Hoboken (AntwerpBelgium. She would be named M.S. UIGE, and become a financially sound ship!

When completed in July 1954 she was 477ft - 145.55m long and M.S. UIGE had a gross tonnage of 10,001 GRT, and she accommodated a total of 571 passengers, with; 78 in First Class and 493 in Third Class. First class was luxurious with all accommodations having full bathrooms, or facilities with showers, and the entire ship was fully air-conditioned, even for Third Class, which had fro 2, to 4 and 8 berth cabins.

During her life she proved to be one of the most economical ships to operate, thus her being operated long after most ships had been broken up due to the jet age!

Enter my final effort here … MS UIGE



Another NEW Feature

In 1937 & 1938 the Dutch Koninklijke Paketvaart-Maatschappij - “KPM” or the “Royal Packet Navigation Company’s” constructed three fine passenger-cargo liners being just before World War Two, these were the M.S. Boissevain, Tegelberg, and the Ruys. Amazingly these very Dutch liners, in reality hardly ever visited the Netherlands, as they were based fulltime in Asia! When built they were all white ships, with a buff funnel, with a very narrow black band atop of her funnel. As built they accommodated 82 passengers in a luxurious First Class, 72 passengers in high standards Second Class, and 500 Third Class passengers, being mostly migrants travelling to a new land.

The all white KPM combination liner, the M.S. Boissevain is seen arriving in port

They retained this livery until 1961, except during WW2, when each ship had various alterations

They all operated extended voyages from Hong Kong, Manila, Saigon, Bangkok, Singapore, Batavia, Rodriguez, Mauritius, Réunion, Tamatave, Lourenço Marques, Durban, East London, Port Elizabeth, Mossel Bay, and Cape Town. As well as Zanzibar, Mombasa, Mahé, Belawan Deli, Shanghai Hong Kong. Although their services did vary, but their schedules dramatically after World War 2 when they returned to commercial duties, for their schedule were greatly extended to also include South America.

In 1961/62 all three ships received extensive interior refits, as well as an exterior livery change as can be clearly seen from the photograph at the heading. There after, they sailed under the Royal Interocean Lines (RIL) banner, until their demise aged 30 years in 1968.

A fine painting of the MS Ruys after her 1962 RIL refit

The Painting is by & © Rodar

Please Note: This feature contains 3 pages - Part 1; the KPM ships pre war years 1938 to 1942. Part 2; World War 2 services from 1942 to 1947, the commercial years from 1947 to 1968. Part 3; Brochures, Passenger schedules, Deck Plan, a Menu, and items of Memorabilia.

Enter the MS Boissevain, Tegelberg & Ruys Feature




I am sure there will still be many who will recall the wonderful days of a voyage on one of the Elders & Fyffes passenger-banana ships T.S.S Golfito and Camito, will invoke countless romantic and seagoing memories. These ships offered a long and a memorable voyage featuring tropical nights and many wonderful ports of call, visiting some amazing Caribbean destinations, all in First Class comfort. The much-loved TSS Golfito and her slightly newer sister the TSS Camito were almost identical, and they operated on what was a popular passenger service from England to Barbados and Jamaica and return. Although bananas being their primary business on their return voyage to the U.K., they also transported other fruits. Whilst sailing to the Caribbean, general cargo was carried in their four holds.

An excellent stern view of the TSS Camito

This is their story, as well as an introduction to Elders & Fyffes Ltd beginnings and some of their earlier ships. I am sure there will still be many who will recall the wonderful days of a voyage on one of the Elders & Fyffes passenger-banana ships T.S.S Golfito and Camito, will invoke countless romantic and seagoing memories. These ships offered a long and a memorable voyage featuring tropical nights and many wonderful ports of call, visiting some amazing Caribbean destinations, all in First Class comfort. The much-loved TSS Golfito and her slightly newer sister the TSS Camito were almost identical, and they operated on what was a popular passenger service from England to Barbados and Jamaica and return. Although bananas being their primary business on their return voyage to the U.K., they also transported other fruits. Whilst sailing to the Caribbean, general cargo was carried in their four holds.

This is their story, as well as an introduction to Elders & Fyffes Ltd beginnings and some of their earlier ships.

Enter the TSS Golfito & Camito Feature



NEW Feature

R.M.S. Carinthia II

A fine photograph of RMS Carinthia arriving in Sydney during her 1933 world cruise

RMS Carinthia was Cunard’s second ship to use this name, although the first SS Carinthia was a 5,598 GRT (Gross Registered Tons) freighter, which was in service from 1895 to 1900. Thankfully, this superb was again used for two later Passengers Liners, the first of these being completed in 1925 and the second in 1956.

RMS Carinthia operated as a Trans-Atlantic liner from Liverpool to New York, and later from London to New York during the warmer months of the year, whilst during the cold months she became a fine cruise ship, and operated a variety of cruises, as well as a long around the world cruise calling at some 40 ports of call. In 1935 she was painted all white which proved to be a suitable livery for cruising and she also looked very pleasing.

In 1939 she was refitted to become an Armed Merchant Cruiser, and the HMS Carinthia was stuck by a torpedo from a German U-Boat, which saw her sink the next day. Read her interesting story and the many photographs, including those of SS Carinthia I and RMS Carinthia III.

Enter the RMS Carinthia II Feature



A New Three Part Feature


SS Campana & T/v Irpinia

The French passenger liner, SS Campana was constructed by Swan, Hunter and Wigham Richardson, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK for Société Générale de Transport Maritimes (SGTM) in 1929. With this comfortable three-class liner having been completed she had an interesting career for 25½ years, operating mostly on the Marseille to South America service. She carried both, First Class passengers in sheer luxury, and Second Class in excellent comfort, whilst migrants to a new homeland resided in the rather basic Third Class section which had many dormitories, and just a few cabins.

The SGTM liner SS Campana

Although SS Campana did have an intermission for several years during WW2 when she remained in the Argentines for safety sake, however, was used by the Argentine Government under the name of Rio Jachal, operating return services between Buenos Aires and New York. Upon her return to SGTM she returned to her regular duties.

However, in due course with the arrival of new liners being built by the company it was decided in 1955 to place her on the market and she was quickly purchased.

An Italian company, Grimaldi Sicula Oceanica, who operated the ‘Grimaldi Siosa Lines,’ obtained the SS Campana and renamed her T/v Irpinia, and she headed for Italy. There she received an overall refit and a partial reconstruction. Her two her tall main masts were removed, as well as her aft decks being extended aft. In addition, she was given a new raked bow as well as being refurbished. Upon completion in 1955, she was placed on the Naples and Genoa to the Caribbean service.

 The turbine steam ship T/v Irpinia seen after her 1955 refit

T/v Irpinia also proved a most popular cruise ship operating around the Mediterranean, thus in 1962 Grimaldi Siosa Lines decided to do some amazing constructions on her, as well as giving her an completely new interior, with 14 fine public venues, and many more cabins with private facilities! Externally, she became a more modern and a stylish looking ship with a new fashionable single funnel and a new tall signal, radar mast atop her Bridge and other streamlining along her decks, as well as enclosing one of a huge lounge aft on Lido (promenade) Deck. She now had two beautifully appointed classes, each having its own swimming pool. In addition, her old steam turbine engines were removed and brand new Fiat diesel engines were installed, giving her a superior speed.

The excellent and popular liner and cruise ship the motor ship, M/v Irpinia is seen after 1962


Enter Part One of the 3 page … SS Campana & T/v Irpinia Feature

Part Three has 2 T/v & M/v Irpinia Deck Plans, brochures and memorabilia



A Fully Updated Feature with 2 New Pages Added

Flags of the Netherlands & Royal Rotterdam Lloyd

August 2017: In mid July, I received a wonderful story from a daughter, who was born in Australia, but her Mum, Father and Baby brother sailed on the M.S. Sibajak from Rotterdam on May 17, 1958. If you have read Page Three, you will have noted that I also was on this voyage, was bound for Wellington New Zealand, whilst Family Salden-Van Mulken was heading to Melbourne Australia. Of course the story regarding my voyage can be found on the Sibajak Index at the bottom of the page.

This is a delightfully written and a comprehensive story regarding the family departing their hometown down the south east of Holland travelling by bus to Rotterdam, and then comes a comprehensive description of the voyage, with personal photographs of the families’ voyage to Melbourne.

Family photographs taken out on Deck and during the Crossing the Equator Ceremony

The story of the voyage was written, by (the now late) Mrs. Mia Van Mulken, and it is a beautifully told story that includes all of the ports of call. She brings the voyage back to life with her remarkable descriptions. Included are full colour brochures in Dutch, which can be enlarged, as well as a four-page Royal Rotterdam Lloyd Instruction letter re their voyage, etc, this letter is located on Part Two, which has yet another brochure and some further photographs.

An aerial photograph of the M.S. Sibajak seen at Sea sailing at full speed bound for Australia

For interest, I have also updated all the other M.S. Sibajak pages to make them suitable for Google Chrome and some other search engines, but if you have problems, just head for good old Google!

Enter the Family Salden-Van Mulken Story - HERE




New Feature ~ Anchor Line

A Trio Identical Sisters Built 10 Years Apart

RMS Circassia (III) 1937 - RMS Cilicia 1938

& RMS Caledonia (V) 1948

R.M.S. Circassia (III) the first of the identical trio of ships built in 1937

The first two of these three ships, RMS Circassia and Cilicia were built pre-WW2, and both served on their dedicated passenger service from Liverpool sailing via Gibraltar, Port Said, Aden, and Karachi to Bombay, India and return. However within two years both ships were commissioned to enter the war and they served well in various guises. They returned to their passenger services having received a comprehensive refit. Then 10 years after the Circassia had been built the third of the trio was completed, the RMS Caledonia and these ships had a fine career and they were greatly loved for their luxurious public venues, excellent accommodations, fine service and their superb catering in the Dining Room.

Enter the Anchor Line Feature



I trust that the above new and updated feature above will be greatly enjoyed as they it has many new and/or larger photographs; in addition I have added new details to some of its and added additional details where applicable!

Reuben Goossens.

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