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Welcome to During 2017 and yes even in 2018 I have managed to add some additional Classic Liners and other ships to ssMaritime, as well as managing to update 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 it. As most of my readers will know, I have been suffering from a variety of health problems, which sadly greatly slowed my work! Therefore, only when I am able, will I add to this page a “Company” or “Ship of the Month” which is already online, and if at all possible add a new ship or ships now or then as I have done for well this for 28 years. In addition, due to the flood of emails that arrive daily, I no longer reply to emails personally as most will be taken care of by my friend and carer Mr. Hun-Eng Tan, therefore most will receive a pre-written reply, however some emails with a specific worthwhile question may receive an answer from me, as some have already found out, although it may take time pending my situation at the time. 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, as I happen to have details of every single voyage!

Looking Back:

To date I have written well over 1,116 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 whilst on a voyage from Australia to England aboard the-

ex 1948 MS Stockholm, then the MV Athena, currently the CMV MV Astoria-

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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 521.1 million readers to date from when my first site came online 28 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 are is either one of my new features and/or an 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 time to come!

Reuben Goossens - Retired!

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



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Ship of the Month #1



“Hotel Queen Elizabeth 2

Dubai - UAE


“Hotel Queen Elizabeth 2” Dubai at Port Rashid is seen with a grand city backdrop has now officially opened

The exciting new luxury floating hotel, the ex Trans-Atlantic Liner RMS Queen Elizabeth 2, so lovingly known in days gone by as the ‘QE2’ has finally opened in Dubai as a 5 Star luxury floating Hotel on April 2018.

Although her lifeboats and davits have been removed, but apart from that she looks very much the same as we remember her as during her cruising days, having received her diesel engines and her new suites built topside, etc. Her interiors have been carefully been restored to their original state, with very minor alteration, thus allowing the ship to constantly reveal her history through her décor and fittings, such as her original furnishings and art throughout her public spaces.

The Golden Lion Pub remains as was and how many memories have been made here and will be again

Accommodations have been beautifully updated, although again, the Cunard touch can be found in every room.

One of the spacious Captains Club Rooms

Ashore is the Terminal, which has the reception desk, a Café and the Cunard Museum complete with replica of a Tourist Class cabin from 1969, there is also a life-sized replica of the ship’s bridge.

Here we see the Ship and the Terminal with the marina just aft of the QE2

I have placed a comprehensive webpage online (LINK below the next Photograph), which provides a short history of the RMS Queen Elizabeth 2, to her arrival at Dubai, her long lay-up and her amazing revival to her magnificent transformation into a superb hotel, which has retained the great Queen as much as possible in her original condition, which her original owners at Palm Jumeirah would not have done!

“Hotel Queen Elizabeth 2” still looks like her beautiful long and sleek self!


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Ships of the Month #2


Royal Packet Company (KPM)

Later: Royal Interocean Lines (RIL)

MS Tjiwangi & Tjiluwah

These two fine compact liners were considered the most beautifully proportioned passenger cargo liners ever to be seen in Australian waters, and they became the most popular ships to sail between Australia and Asia. This is their story!

In 1948 KPM decided to build two relatively luxurious 9,000 GRT, 479 ft – 146 m long Passenger-Cargo Liners, and these ships were built by “C. van der Giessen & Zonen” at Krimpen aan den Ijssel, Amsterdam. Named the Tjiwangi and Tjiluwah they were launched on April 29, 1950 and April 28, 1951 respectively.

Their First Class Public Facilities were amazingly opulent, with the Main Lounge located forward on Promenade (A) Deck being surrounded by the wonderful and greatly loved Wintergarden. The Main Lounge was sumptuously furnished and just aft on the portside was a delightful Bar, whilst on the starboard side the Library and Writing Room. Directly aft was the covered open sided full width deck Verandah, which was popular at night as an entertainment venue and dancing, although the main lounge also had a more intimate dance floor! One deck up on Boat Deck was the First Class Swimming Pool! Tourist class had their Lounge and Dining Room on a lower deck, as well as ample spacious deck space. All cabins were outside either with one or two portholes.

After their fit-out and sea trials were completed, both ships headed to Hong Kong, were the company had their head offices and operated a good number of larger and smaller cargo ships, with a good number carrying smaller number of passengers, and this would be their base.

And here is the wonderful MS Tjiwangi

MS Tjiwangi and Tjiluwah operated on the Dutch East Indies (Indonesia) and Hong Kong service until in 1960 a decision was made to change their service and place them on the Australia, Hong Kong and Japan service commencing in July that year under full “Royal Interocean Lines” management.

The delightful Tjiluwah is seen arriving in Sydney in the early 1960s with her new RIL logo on her funnel

In 1963 both ships received a complete refit, which saw Tourist Class greatly improved, with a new lounge added as well as another swimming pool, and the ships were now painted all white. Upon completion they were registered at 8,978 GRT.

The now all white MS Tjiluwah is seen in Brisbane in 1970

In a very short time, these beautiful ships became lovingly known as the “Elegant White Yachts” due to their beautiful exterior lines and perfect design. In addition it was well known that their First class was without a doubt sumptuous, having grand carved timber stairwells carved from the main Lounge down to te Lobby below, and the Restaurant being two levels high with a balcony surrounding it, and again another stairwell for the ladies to slowly come down with their gents, in their long gowns dripping with jewels and fur stoles, looking a million dollars ready to dine on a sumptuous cuisine and service that always came with perfection.


The First Class Restaurant for a small ship was quite extravagant

Note the differences between the décor between the two ships above and below


The staircases were different on each ship as one was placed forward & the

other aft of the Dinning Room, one traditional, the other more modern looking


A most pleasant Tourist Class Lounge and Bar

Their voyages operated as follows: Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Yokkaichi, Nagoya, Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka, Kobe, Hong Kong, Sydney back to Melbourne. Although being quite a lengthy voyage, many passengers decided to enjoy the round voyage as a cruise, whilst others used these ships as as a means of transportation to a destination. 

MS Tjiluwah seen in 1963 in Hong Kong Harbour


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I trust that the above new and updated features  will be greatly enjoyed as most will have new and/or larger photographs; in addition with updated features, I have added new details to some of its and added additional details where applicable!

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