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Please Note: All ssMaritime and other related maritime/cruise sites are 100% non-commercial and privately owned. Be assured that I am NOT associated with any shipping or cruise companies or any travel/cruise agencies or any other organisations! Although the author has been in the passenger shipping industry for over 60 years, but due to age and poor health, I was forced to retire. Yet, I have completed well over 1,350 Classic Liner, Passenger-Cargo Liners as well as countless humble converted C3 converted humble Migrant Liners, which brought countless thousands of Europeans to the new world. I trust these features will continue to provide Classic Ship enthusiasts not just the information they are seeking, but more so provide a great deal of pleasure and memories!

 

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Ships of the Month

August, September & October 2020

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NEW … 12 Page Updated Feature

 

Three Dutch Victory Ships

 

S.S. Zuiderkruis, Groote Beer & Waterman

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Presenting The

 “Cunard Line” Liner

“Royal Dutch Mails”

1. R.M.S. Media

1947 to 1961 when she was sold to become the …

“Cogedar Line”

 

2. T/S. Flavia

1961 to 1982

(but continued under other names until 1989)

Go directly to Ships of the Month or Keep On Reading

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Introduction:

Welcome to ssMaritime.com. During 2019 and this tragic COVID-19 year (2020), I have managed to add a few new Classic Liners to ssMaritime due to me already having them on file and partially completed. In addition, I also slowly updated some of my earlier features, for believe me some of these really needed a good tidy 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 extremely poor health, as well as having poor eye sight these days, and it is sad to say that I have now been forced to stop, all I will be able to do at the most is,l whenever 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 I am able, update this FrontPage and add a “Company / Ship of the Month” but as of today, this will only be done on a quarterly basis (give or take), but these will be ships that I already have online, and there are so many wonderful and interesting ships, I am sure you would like to discover!

Please Note - re EMAILS, due to the flood of emails that arrive each and every day, I no longer personally reply to the majority of emails received daily, as 99.9% of the emails will be taken care of by my friend and carer Mr. Eng Tan, and most will receive a pre-written reply. However, some very special emails with a very specific and most worthwhile question will be shown to me, and whenever 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 had these, believe me they would have been online already.

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

Looking Back:

It is hard to believe, that I have now written on well over 1,355 ships (I have long stopped counting), there are many of the great well-known Passenger Liners, but also countless Passenger-Cargo Liners, and not to forget those wonderful Victory - C3 ships, many of which became humble migrant liners, but some of them where given 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 are still sailing, in fact there is one superb ship aged an amazing 72 years (2020) and she is in such perfect condition and in Class!

One of these Classic Cruise Ships still sailing is the amazing M/v Astoria, the ex ‘Stockholm’, ‘Italia Prima’, ‘Athena’ and is currently operated by “Cruise & Maritime Voyages” UK, and yes she is an amazing 72 year old cruise ship, which I mentioned just above.

The wonderful M/v Athena, the ship I have enjoyed two wonderful line voyages from Fremantle (Australia)

to Portsmouth (UK), one via Asia & the Suez & the next one via the Indian Ocean Islands, East, South and West Africa, to Portsmouth. But today she is still an amazing ship - the magnificent M/v Astoria

I loved this amazing ship when she was the “Classic International Cruises  M/v Athena, and the truth is, that I had the two of the best cruises on this wonderful ship in my entire life, bar none! To be honest, not even the QE2 was better, for this ship had that something very special, as well a great service, the finest of cuisine and our suites on both voyages were simply outstanding and perfectly kept. The Athena was the cleanest and best maintained ship I have ever sailed on, for you could not find a single tiny spec of rust or dirt anywhere, even in places where you would expect it most.

Astoria News Update

 

The MV Astoria, originally built in 1948, is said to 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 cruise-australia.com site, with a link to …

The MS Stockholm IV full history on ssmaritime.com

Some of the countless ships online:

Below are just several ships that I have online, but remember that the ssMaritime INDEX has a complete listing of the well over 1,355 classic liners and cruise ships that I have covered over the countless years I have been doing this!

Friends, it is my sincere hope, that through the pages of ssMaritime you may rediscover some wonderful memories, be it for a ship you have sailed on, being a past passenger, or searching for your relatives who may have sailed on one of these amazing ships, from days of old until their demise in the late 1970s to the 1990s, for I am sure that I will have the ship for you online!

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

Visit my comprehensive Hotel Queen Elizabeth 2 feature

 

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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 ssMaritime.com has now reached over 537 million readers, and that, dear friends is simply beyond belief! 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 1,355 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!

Dear Mr. Goossens … here you will discover 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 due to extreme poor health, being disabled and poor eyesight!

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

Do not send me emails requesting passenger or crew lists or sailing schedules. See the special note at my email address at bottom of this page for there are just three ships that are excluded. All other emails requesting passenger or crew lists and sailing schedules will be automatically deleted!

Or ENTER HERE

 

View some of the finest Classic Passenger Liner paintings by world renowned artists

on the ssmaritime Maritime Art page!

 

Or continue to read the “Company / Ships of the Month” below

 

Company / Ships of the Month

 

 

Updated 12 Page Feature

 

The S.S. Groote Beer is seen at Hoboken New Jersey in the 1950’s

As most of my readers will know, I have been rather ill for a long time, but over the past year I have been slowly working on this extensive feature, as it desperately needed updating! I am so glad that it is finally finished and I am delighted to announce its completion. The reason I am lacing it on the Ships of the Month section is because I seem to receive almost more emails re these three ships than most other migrant liners!

Although these wartime built Victory Class ship were very humble and simple ships, yet amazingly up on their top deck, what was the ships superior class section, they carried some of the world’s most important personalities, including the US President’s closest advisors in the White House, and other major stars and dignitaries! They tended to remain on their deck in a small lounge and dinning room far forward. Whilst the vast majority of the ship was occupied by other passengers, who were not permitted on the top deck, and thus remained on their own decks, which had a good number of lounges. Their very large dinning room tended to have three sittings, due to the large number of passengers.

They operated between Rotterdam or Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Southampton to Canada and the USA, but mostly on their long line voyages to New Zealand and Australia, which was a very busy service, and they became popular tourist ships for the return voyage to the Southampton and Amsterdam. But the feature will cover all their details complete with countless photographs!

Enter the Three Dutch Victory Class Ships Feature   

 

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The “Cunard Line” Liner

R.M.S. Media

(1947 to 1961)

She was sold to become the magnificent - completely rebuilt ultra modern …

“Cogedar Line”

Compagnia Genovese d'Armamento S.p.A.,”

T/S Flavia

 

(1961 to 1982)

Thereafter, she remained mostly laid up under the names ‘Flavian’ & ‘Lavia’ until 1989

R.M.S. Media:

The R.M.S. Media and her twin sister the Parthia were originally designed and on ordered in 1945 & 1946 as two large cargo ships for the Cunard affiliate, the “Brocklebank Line”. However with World War II having come to an end, Cunard was ready to return to full Trans-Atlantic passenger services, thus the two “Queens” were made ready for their normal Atlantic duties, however Cunard realised that these new ships with an excellent cargo capacity were required for their Liverpool to New York service, thus Cunard took over these ships and redesigned them as all Luxury First Class Passenger-Cargo Liners accommodating just 250 passengers travelling in ultimate of style and comfort. These ships had six holds with an exceptional cargo capacity and this made this pair of ships unique in the Cunard fleet!

R.M.S. Media was launched on December 12, 1947 and her identical sister the Parthia, on February 25, 1947. R.M.S. Media was delivered to Cunard in August 1947 and being the very first new Trans-Atlantic liner to be built after the war and she departed on her maiden voyage from Liverpool to New York on August 20, 1947. The R.M.S. Parthia was completed and delivered in April 1948 and departed on her maiden voyage from Liverpool to New York on April 10, 1948.

R.M.S. Media

The Media became much sought after ship by many celebrities as they were smaller ships having an intimate and luxurious atmosphere and of course having a smaller number of passengers than the majority of ships at the time. One of the much loved film stars who used the Media frequently was the beautiful Katharine Hepburn.

However, by the late 1950’s passenger number began to drop and it was finally decided that in 1961 to sell the Media and she was obtained by the Italian Cogedar Line. The Partial was also sold in 1962 and was obtained by the “New Zealand Shipping Company” and she was renamed S.S. Remuera to operate on the UK to New Zealand service via the Panama Canal.

T/S Flavia:

T/S Flavia

The “Media” was sold for £740,000 pounds to “Cogedar Line” in July 1961 however she continued her original scheduled Trans-Atlantic schedules until September 30, 1961. Thereafter, she was destored and was officially handed over to Cogedar Line in Liverpool on October 12. The reason Cogedar had purchased her for they were in need of a new ship, as they required a replacement for their ageing M.S. Flaminia which was originally built in 1921, but had been extensively rebuilt a good number of times into a humble migrant ship.

Within a few days she departed Liverpool and headed for Genoa where she was placed in dock at the “Officine A & R Navi Shipyards” at Genoa on October 21 and she was reregistered and renamed “Flavia” the very next day. This well-built passenger-cargo liner would be completely rebuilt into an ultra modern passenger liner that would sail around the world from Europe ports and the UK to New Zealand and Australia sailing via the Panama Canal, returning via the Suez Canal! The Flavia received one of the most extensive rebuilding programmes ever seen on any ship to date and it took around ten months. The Flavia gained an amazing 26ft or 7.92m in length being due to her new superbly raked bow that had been completely reshaped and lengthened. In addition she received a new modern funnel with a large aft fin being her crowning glory, combined with a shapely radar mast just aft of her Bridge. All of her previous accommodations had been scrapped and her cargo holds were completely rebuilt into passenger decks with new cabins.

Her 8 Part feature will cover every detail of both the R.M.S. Media and the Flavia, complete with countless photographs and Deck Plans, etc.

The elegant T/S Flavia is showing off her long sleek lines

 

Enter the 8 page RMS Media & T/S Flavia Feature

Also covers R.M.S. Media’s identical sister the R.M.S. Parthia on Parts One, Two & Three

Also includes links to Cogedar Line ships the; M.S. Flaminia & M.S. Aurelia

 

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Mercy Ships is VERY Unique and does Amazing Medical Work.

This is a Work I Personally Support, and have done so for a very long time!

Please Join me and Support this Most Worthwhile Cause!

 

Mercy Ships - helps those who have severe medical needs in desperately poor lands around the globe, and they need our help!

Everyone on the ship, crew, nurses, doctors, surgeons, etc, is a volunteer, and Mercy Ships completely rely on our donations

Thus your contribution really counts, and be assured it will not be wasted on any on-board wages, as the vast majority of funds received will actually be spent on surgeries and healing children and all those who are in such urgent need of our help!

 

Enter the Mercy Ships Introduction Page featuring their current ship - M.V. Africa Mercy and their past ships, which include; The 1953 built Lloyd Triestino liner M.V. Victoria, which was renamed “Anastasis” by Mercy Ships in 1982, the Norwegian 1952 built M.S. Polarlys, which was sold to become “Caribbean Mercy” in 1994, whilst the 1961 built Canadian M.V. Petite Forte was donated in 1983, and she was renamed “Island Mercy.” Soon a new ship will join Mercy Ships, being a brand new ship the 11 deck, 36,600 GRT “Global Mercy”, which will have a crew of 641 (including medical staff), with 158 hospital beds, 6 operating theatres and countless other new and exciting facilities!

 

Enter my Mercy Ships

 

To Donate Click … https://mercyships.org.au/donate/

 

Thank you for your kind assistance and donating to Mercy Ships, Reuben Goossens.

 

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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.

 

Also visit the wonderful Maritime Art pages & the Maritime Links Page!

 

Over the years, I have received many Dear Mr. Goossens emails of thanks & here are just some of them

 

Or ENTER HERE

Featuring over 1,355 Classic Passenger Liners, Passenger-Cargo Liners & Classic Cruise Ships!

 

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Where you will discover Classic Liners & the 1914 built MV Doulos Story

The Author has been in Passenger Shipping & the Cruise Industry for some 60 years

& founder of “Save the Classic Liners Campaign" in 1990.

 

Email the Author: rg@ssmaritime.com

Please Note: Requests for passenger or crew lists and sailing schedules will NOT be answered, and your email will be deleted for I simply do not have the information available!

I only have voyage details of 3 Dutch Liners: the M.S. Sibajak, Johan van Oldenbarnevelt and the Oranje. All other requests, except for the three ships mentioned, will simply be deleted. Remember, I am old and very ill, and almost blind, thus be kind.

Please Note: ssmaritime and associated sites are 100% non-commercial and the author seeks no funding or favours of any shape or form, never have and never will!

 

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 per email address, which is located above in order that due credit may be given.

 

This notice covers all pages; although, and I have done my best to ensure that all photographs are duly credited and that this notice is displaced on each page, that is, when a page is updated!

 

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