Sitmar Line - MS Fairsea 1949 to 1969

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The Sitmar Ships

Part Three

MS Fairsea

Menus Provided by John Scholten

Here we see the MS Fairsea sail up the canal towards Rotterdam

In December, 2015, I received an Email from Mr. John Scholten who sailed on the Fairsea from Australia to the Netherlands as a young boy and he attached were some wonderful Menu covers, including one interior schedule and menu of the crossing ceremony of the Equator on Thursday April 19, 1962. Below is his what he wrote;

“Hi there, Reuben. I much enjoyed reading your history of the MS Fairsea. My family and I travelled to Holland aboard her in 1962. Although, I was just seven years of age at the time and thus I have little memory of the adventure. Sadly some of my main recollections are of a few terrible bouts of seasickness!

Attached are copies of several menu cards, which were included in a photo album that were lovingly prepared and kept by my aunt, whose family accompanied ours, and I trust that they might be of some interest to you and others.”

Please Note: The above copy of the email has been slightly altered for fluency sake, but its integrity remains intact!

Below are the wonderful Equator schedule and Menu Cover and Interior, followed by two beautiful, Diner but undated Menu covers. Enjoy!








I hereby wish to thank Mr. John Scholten for providing these superb menus to me and thus sharing them with the world!




The Fairsea (1) - INDEX:

Fairsea (1)      Built as a C3 class freighter History Page.

Fairsea           Photo Page.

Fairsea           Menus page sent in by John Scholten - this Page.

Fairsea           Deck Plan.

Fairsea           The Strachan family head to Melbourne in December 1957.

Fairsea           Rob Barker & Family also sails to Melbourne in December 1957.

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