MS Willem Ruys 1948 & 1960 Brochures ~ All Classes

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Part Three ~ Brochures

I am delighted to present one of the most delightful brochures produced by Royal Rotterdam Lloyd (RRL) in 1948, which reveals much of the Willem Ruys’ including her interiors and decks covering her three classes as originally built! This brochure is part of my personal collection and is just one of well over a thousand brochures in my collection.

Then directly below it you will see a very special production from 1960, being a unique and a delightful “concertina” style brochure produced by RRL, which contains manys photographs of real passengers (not models) enjoying their voyage between Rotterdam, Southampton and Australia and New Zealand, and return to the Southampton and Rotterdam as well the ships many facilities. It also has detailed maps of the Suez and the Panama Canals, including photographs of the many ports of call.

I trust that you will enjoy this very special page!

Reuben Goossens.


Above: The 1948 brochure front cover,

Below: I will continue with the inside front cover right through to the back cover!





























Above & below: here we see the famed 1960’s “concertina” brochure, the front & back covers and an interior view




MS Willem Ruys / MS Achille Lauro - INDEX:

MS Willem Ruys: Part One.

Photo Page One: First Class.

Photo Page Two: Tourist Class.

Page Three: Brochures.

Page Four: Deck Plans. (Online Soon).

Achille Lauro: Part Two.

Page Two: Deck Plans.

Page Three: Brochures.


Also Read: MS Oranje / Angelina Lauro - Netherland Line.

. MS Johan van Oldenbarnevelt - Netherland Line.

. MS Sibajak - Royal Rotterdam Lloyd.

The Victory Trio of Ships: SS Zuiderkruis Page One - Managed by; Holland America Line &

This is a 9 page feature, inc. SS Groote Beer & Waterman - Royal Rotterdam Lloyd.


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