V.N.S. - Holland Africa Line - The Fontein Ships

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Holland-Africa Line

VNS - Vereenigde Nederlandsche Scheepvaartmaatchaapij




Page Four - Photo & Memorabilia Page

M.S. Klipfontein (2), Oranjefontein & Jagersfontein (3)

& the M.S. Randfontein (2) - in 1971 - renamed M.S. Nieuw Holland

Please Note: Images on this page have been culled from various brochures, owned by the author as well as other

photographs are from the author’s private collection, or as credited otherwise.


Postcard of the MS Jagersfontein seen arriving in Cape Town


Another happy departure from Africa


First Class



Above & below: The First Class Main Lounge, Cocktail Bar and a Cabin on one of the 1939/40 Fontein trio of ships





Delft Blue M.S. Randfontein souvenir ashtray


Here we see another souvenir ashtray purchased from one of the VNS liners


A 1961 Menu


A Jagersfontein Menu dated November 6, 1961


Posters, Brochures, Fare & Timetables


An agency poster



Above & below: Two different M.S. Jagersfontein Deck Plan covers, one is multi-national, and the other in Dutch



A Fontein Trio fare schedule for 1952

Regarding the above “1952 Fare Schedule”. Johan Anthoniszoon “Jan” van Riebeeck is the famed Dutch Navigator and Colonial Administrator who founded Cape Town in the Dutch Cape Colony at the behest of the Dutch East India Company. The above fare schedule commemorates his, and his wife and son Jan’s arrival there on April 6. 1652.

Dutch language brochure with photo of the M.S. Randfontein


Front & back cover of a Holland Afrika Lijn 1955 sailing schedule


An English brochure & sailing schedule



 Above & below: Three Dutch brochures with sailing schedules




One of the last schedules to be produced late in the 1960’s


A drawing of MS Randfontein by Mr, C. E. A. van Boeckel

Drawing by & Mr. C.E.A van Boeckel


A fine painting of a Holland Afrika Lijn Liner seen in Cape Town

Painting by & Fred Boom the Netherlands



V.N.S. & Fontein Ships Index:

Page One: The Fontein Trio of Ships history of the M.S. Klipfontein trio of ships

Page Two: Visser Family Voyage to South Africa on the Jagersfontein in 1965.

Page Three: M.S. Randfontein (2) of 1958 page.

Page Four: Fontein ships Photo Page memorabilia and brochures, etc.

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