Netherland Line MS Johan van Oldenbarnevelt, sold to become the TSMS Lakonia

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“Memories of the JVO

MS Johan van Oldenbarnevelt

m.s. Johan van Oldenbarnevelt is seen departing Wellington on

her final departure from New Zealand on January 30, 1963

Photograph taken by & by the author, Reuben Goossens


JVO Main Index

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* Chapter 1 (Part One) The New Pride of the Netherlands. Her being built and interiors, from Bridge to C Deck.midships.

* Chapter 1 (Part Two) The New Pride of the Netherlands. Interiors from C Deck to F Deck.

Chapter 2 JVO the Trooper. Photographs and details of a number of voyages.

Chapter 3 Trooping & Repatriates Services. Including; the Dutch soldier’s, Pieter Willem Goldhoorn story!

* Chapter 4 New Lease of Life. Reborn as a Passenger Liner!

* Chapter 5 JVO the Cruise Ship. The Author cruises on the JVO in Dec/Jan 1961/62.

* Chapter 6 Goodbye JVO.

Chapter 7 Cruise Ship TSMS Lakonia.

* Chapter 8 Lakonia's Final Voyage.

Chapter 9 The End is Near.

Chapter 10 Conclusion.

Passenger stories

Page One Boelen Family - The night the JVO almost went down.

Page Two William Hamlyn - 1945 Royal Signalman’s voyage home from wartime duties.

Page Three Laszlo Pal - A Voyage to Canada.

Page Four Harold Heasman - His service on the JVO from March 1942 to August 1943.

* Running Mates

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

. MS Sibajak - Royal Rotterdam Lloyd.

. MS Willem Ruys / Achille Lauro - Royal Rotterdam Lloyd.


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