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January, February & March 2020
Company of the Month - “New Zealand Shipping Company”
Ship of the Month
Ship of the Month 2-
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Welcome to ssMaritime.com. So far in 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, I have been suffering from a variety of extreme bad 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 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, but from now they will be based on ships that I already have online.
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
However, I do
have schedules for the three Dutch liners MS
It is hard to believe, that I have now written on over 1,350 ships, including so many of the great Passenger Liners, but also many Passenger-Cargo Liners as well as some Classic Cruise Ships still sailing! But below is a small view of some of the ships online, but the ssMaritime INDEX has a full listing of them all!
Great Trans-Atlantic Liner and Cruise Ship the
Of course she was refitted a good number of times including having been given new diesel engines
Dutch M.S. Randfontein sold in 1971 to become the
she was based in
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.
Built as a C3 Class ship in 1941, and used as an aircraft carrier in WW2
into a migrant ship the
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
Another 1941 C3 Class ship that served during WW2 but as an ugly escort aircraft carrier
was sold to Sitmar Line to become
In the early 1970s she became a 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. And not to forget the Classic Cruise Ships some of which are still sailing.-
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 reached as of recently over 533.2 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!
… 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!
Maritime Historian; Working and involved in the Passenger Shipping & Cruise Industry for over 60 years.
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Note; the QE2 is now open as
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New Zealand Shipping Company
Their Seven Last Liners from 1929 to the 60’s
Painting © by the famed New Zealand Maritime Artist Wallace Trickett
Ships include: Rangitiki - Rangitata (2)
– Rangitane (1). Rangitoto, Rangitane (2), Ruahine finally the
I trust that you will enjoy this massive eight
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personal voyage stories from
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1928 to 1958
is with thanks, from the collection of the “
This ship is very special to me personally,
for she was the first Liner I ever sailed on for a long world voyage, from
On May 27, 1925 the Rotterdam Lloyd (RL) later
(RRL) gave “
When commissioning to build the Sibajak, RL being very wise due to their operational experience, gave special orders in relation to the construction of the ship that she was to have all the characteristics of a genuine mail-ship, and she had to be suitable for the tropics. This meant that she had to have ample open and airy decks, with surfaces large enough for the numerous deckchairs as well as for vast promenades; most vital was spacious and elegant lounges with high ceilings and large windows in order to allow as much light and fresh air as possible.
The First Class Social Hall
And the Smoking Room with Bar just aft
In addition, all cabins had to be located outside of the ship to allow windows and portholes to every room, and the interior decoration was to be both stately and comfortable in order to make the long voyage as enjoyable as possible, but there were no particular concerns in relation to the ships speed.
In July 1926, RL decided that the interior
design of the Sibajak would be entrusted to the creative skills of the famous
Dutch interior designer,
The Sibajak was launched on Saturday April 2,
1927, and she was completed in January 1928, then on January 28 she commenced
her trials, come a mini cruise for VIP guests, which she completed successfully
considering she achieved a top speed of 18.9 knots. She was then delivered to
her owners in
Finally, on Sunday February 8, 1928, the
In 1935 RL decided that during her annual maintenance that the Sibajak’s accommodation would be modernised with upgraded facilities as well as some major alterations to be made to her Bridge and Sports Decks.
A RRL postcard of the
During WWII she served for the British Navy and did her job well as clearly described on her webpage in detail. After the war she was returned to RL and she was refitted and returned to services, but now she became mostly a migrant ship and in due course she commenced to operated a around the world service with three other fine Dutch Liners, The Netherland Line, M.S. Johan van Oldenbarnevelt and the newer M.S. Oranje, and the now named Royal Rotterdam Lloyd (RRL), M.S. Willem Ruys, but these four ships were marketed as the Royal Dutch mail” ships.
Whilst the ship was being made ready for her next voyage berthed at the Lloyd Kade, in Rotterdam it was on June 19, 1959 the RRL management sent a memo to Captain J. C. Flach that the Sibajak would sail on June 23 and that;
“You sail via Southampton,
Thus when the Sibajak would
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She then headed for
Once all passengers had left the ship, she
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