Royal Rotterdam Lloyd MS Sibajak 1928 to 1959

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Maritime Historian, Author, Cruise‘n’Ship Reviewer and Maritime Lecturer

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The Royal Rotterdam Lloyd M.S. Sibajak is a very special Ship for me personally, as she was the very first Liner I ever sailed on from Rotterdam, the Netherlands all the way to Wellington New Zealand. Although I had sailed on smaller ship on shorter voyages, all being wonderful, but this voyage was beyond all expectations!

I had loved ships from as a small child and remember standing harbour side in Rotterdam look at the great Liners of Holland America Line, such as the S.S. Nieuw Amsterdam and others as they departed for New York (USA), and also Royal Rotterdam Lloyd Liners, the magnificent M.S. Willem Ruys and the smaller and much older ship the M.S. Sibajak on their departure days. I would dream that one day I would be standing aboard one of these ships, at the railing holding a streamer and would be heading for a land far, far away. Amazingly, my Mother being a traveller, to say the least, she decided to head to the other side of the globe and on May 17, 1958, my Mother and myself as full fare paying passengers headed for New Zealand on the Sibajak, and it was this voyage that made my love for shipping decide that I would work in Passenger Shipping Industry for the rest of my life! And that is just what happened, all thanks to the amazing experience I had on board this wonderful and elegant ship!

This amazing feature covers the M.S. Sibajak’s History, Photo pages of her Interiors, as well as Deck Plans, My Voyage and stories of voyages from Other Passengers, which makes up this eleven page feature, Enjoy!

Reuben Goossens - Retired!

Maritime Historian; Working and involved in the Passenger Shipping & Cruise Industry for over 60 years.


Enter my Eleven-Page M.S. Sibajak Feature


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Photographs on ssmaritime and associate pages are by the author or from the author’s private collection. In addition there are some images that have been provided by Shipping Companies and private photographers or collectors. Credit is given to all contributors. However, there are some photographs provided to me without details regarding the photographer/owner concerned.


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