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Part Three

SS Queen Frederica Interiors & Exteriors

Please Note: In 1960 SS Queen Frederica was given an extensive refit in Piraeus Greece, and all images on this page are pages from a 1961 brochure the author has in his collection.

Late in 1960, the Queen Frederica received her refit, which saw her lower glazed-in Promenade Deck completely plated in by steel, which added a good number of additional new cabins. In addition her superstructure was also extended somewhat further aft.

Upon completion, there was one big change, being that she had finally dropped her past three classes and she was now a magnificent two class liner accommodating; 174 First Class and 1,005 Tourist Class passengers. Both classes offered luxurious public venues and accommodations for both classes! She was now officially registered as being 21,239 GRT (Gross Registered Tons).

Front Cover of the new 1961 brochure covering the new Two Class Liner - SS Queen Frederica


Page One, covering the introduction to the Queen Frederica


First Class


Page Two covers the elegant Main Lounge


Page Three reveals the spectacular Dinning Room with its high domed ceiling and the bandstand one deck up


Page Four reveals the Crystal Club and its Bar, and speaks about the surrounding “glass-enclosed verandah”


Page Five reveals one of the ships magnificent Suites, complete with a Private veranda, that had three very large windows


Page Six show several cabins that become lounges during the day, as well as the hairdressers


Pages Seven & Eight you find this fine centrefold of the ship, but the strip that was on the right is seen below

The complete version can be found at the bottom of the page in a reduced size


The specification and information strip that in the centrefold of the brochure appeared beside the above image of the ship, I felt would have reduced the image of the ship too much, thus I decided to add it separately below.

Page Nine reveals the Library and Writing Room the wide glass-enclosed Promenade Deck with ample deckchairs


Page Ten shows the many sports facilities available, the swimming pool is available to both classes


Tourist Class


Page Eleven Here we see the Tourist Class Verandah and the Main Lounge and Bar


Page Thirteen Just like First Class this Dinning Room is stunning with elegant fluted pillars and graceful arches

Also shown is the Rendezvous Lounge, the perfect place for dancing the night away, well in the days of classic cruising


Page Fourteen Cabins were much the same as in First Class, with beds becoming sofas during the day, & upper berths fold away in the wall


Page Fifteen shows the children’s play room and the ships shop and the conclusion to this brochure


Back cover of an amazing brochure, I trust that you will have enjoyed this rare item of classical promotion


Here we the centrefold in full, with staple markings removed and cleaned up!


This brochure is very rare and is the property thus all images are ssmaritime.com

Reuben Goossens.




Part One … SS Malolo – SS Matsonia.

Part Two … SS Atlantis - RHMS Queen Frederica.

Part Three … SS Queen Frederica 1961 Brochure.

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