Royal Rotterdam Lloyd MS Sibajak 1928 to 1959

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Please Note: All ssMaritime and other related maritime sites are 100% non-commercial and privately owned, thus ssmaritime is NOT associated with any shipping company or any other organisation! Although the author has worked and has been involved in the passenger shipping industry for well over 60 years, but due to his old age and poor health, he was forced to retire. Yet, he has completed well over 1,435 Classic Liners, Passenger-Cargo Liners as well as humble converted C3 converted Migrant Liners, which has transported countless thousands of folk to the new world, as well on vacations’. I trust the features online will continue to provide Classic Liner and Ship enthusiasts both the information they are seeking, but more so provide a great deal of pleasure and relive many happy memories!


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

There is a comprehensive ‘Sibajak’ & ‘Rotterdam Lloyd’ INDEX at the bottom on that page



 “Blue Water Liners sailing to the distant shores.
I watched them come, I watched them go and I watched them die.

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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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