The history of the SS United States Lines S.S.  America 1940 - 1967, then Chandris Lines SS Australia 1967 to her tragic end in 1994

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The Main SS America & SS Australis INDEX is located Below the introduction

Welcome to this very special New Feature regarding the United States Lines S.S. America the ship that later became the Chandris Lines S.S. Australis! The first three pages are fully occupied by the magnificent, the original and superbly designed S.S. America by the great Maritime, Naval Architect Mr. William Francis Gibb, who also designed the S.S. United States! As well as many other great American ships including the great Matson Liners such as the S.S. Lurline and the S.S. Monterey (1932), both of which became the Chandris Liners renamed the R.H.M.S. Ellinis and R.H.M.S. Britanis, which are included in the Chandris section as well as the M.S. Patris, ex R.M.S. Bloemfontein Castle.

Finally on November 16, 1964 the great S.S. America commenced an exciting new life having been purchased by Mr. Alexandros Chandris, who the author knew rather well, considering I worked and managed a Chandris GSA in Australia and I dearly loved their purchases, especially their three magnificent William Francis Gibb designed Liners, be they the two ex Matson ships, or that great and the largest Chandris ship they would ever the S.S. Australis!

I trust that you will enjoy this updated work, which at this time is NOT quite complete as yet, for you may note from the INDEX below that not all the links are active as yet. But health permitting, they will be soon!

Reuben Goossens – Now Retired.

Maritime Historian, Author, Lecturer & Cruise‘n’Ship Reviewer.

Having worked or been involved in the Passenger shipping & Cruise Industry for almost 60 years.




S.S. America & Australis INDEX:

Page One ……………….S.S. America History Page 1940 to 1967.

Page Two ……………….Photo Page.

Page Three ………….1940 Deck Plans.

S.S. Australis INDEX:

Page Four ……………….S.S. Australis History Page from 1964 to her sad end in 1994.

Page Five …………….Brochure & Photo & Page One.

Page Six ………………….Brochure & Photo Page Two.

Page Seven …………….Deck Plans.

Other Chandris Ships INDEX:

SS Patris …………………Ex Union Castle Lines RMS Bloemfontein Castle.

SS Ellinis ………………..Ex Matson Lines liner SS Lurline.

SS Britanis ……………..Ex Matson Lines SS Monterey, but renamed Lurline & Matsonia.

Please Note: Not all pages have been updated and completed as yet.


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I watched them come, I watched them go and I watched them die.”


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