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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to ssMaritime.com. 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
date I have written well over 1,084 Classic Passenger Liners,
Passenger-Cargo Liners, including a good number of
humble Migrant ships, many
The author is seen aboard the MV Athena in 2011 whilst on a-
in 1948 and was completely rebuilt from the hull up in 1995-
She is still sailing today as the CMC Cruises (UK) MV Astoria-
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!
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Reuben Goossens - Retired!
Maritime Historian, Commenced in the Passenger Shipping & Cruise Industry in 1960.
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.
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
However: Had it
not been for Mr. Rutger Verhoef of the
Yet one further Portuguese Passenger-Cargo
Liner was ordered to be built by “Companhia Colonial de Navegacao”
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!
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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
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
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.
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
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
This is their story, as well as an introduction to Elders & Fyffes Ltd beginnings and some of their earlier ships.
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A fine photograph of RMS Carinthia arriving in
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
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.
The French passenger liner, SS Campana was
constructed by Swan, Hunter and Wigham Richardson,
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
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
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
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
Flags of the Netherlands & Royal
August 2017: In
mid July, I received a wonderful story from a daughter, who was born in
This is a delightfully written and a
comprehensive story regarding the family departing their hometown down the
south east of
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
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 -
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,
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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!
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