With Reuben Goossens

Maritime Historian

The official Shaw Savill flag


SS Southern Cross

Calypso, Azure Seas, OceanBreeze



Southern Cross seen departing from Sydney Australia


Photo Album Page 1

Most images on this page are postcards originally issued by Shaw Savill Line, as well as other interesting images, all of which are part of the author’s private collection. I trust that you will enjoy the memories this page presents. Do you have any interesting anecdotes of your experience onboard this fine ship, or any photographs you like to contribute, scan it, and send it per email. All items used will receive credit and a link if requested. Now go enjoy the delights of the ss Southern Cross!



Queen Elizabeth II was the first reigning Monarch to launch a Merchant ship


Southern Cross slowly heading down the slipway


The Ship



Above & Below: Shaw Savill issued a number of postcards with artist impressions



Above: A fine aerial view


Above: Her spacious Promenade Deck – Photographer unknown






A rare encounter, the older Dominion Monarch & Southern Cross are berthed side by side

in Wellington New Zealand


Interior and Exterior’s 


 The Forward Lounge


The Forward Lounge Refurbished


The Smoking Room


Lounge Deck - Forward Lobby


Cinema Lounge / Ballroom



Above & Below: The Library




 The ever-popular Tavern


Forward Restaurant


Indoor Swimming Pool


Sports Deck



 Single outside cabin


Six berth cabin



 All at Sea



Arriving in Wellington New Zealand



Southern Cross cruising the South Pacific


Unlike the Southern Cross, the Northern Star, built in 1962 had a rather short thirteen-year life span.

She was broken up in Kaohsiung in 1975



Above: Southern Cross seen laid up on the River Fal, with two Cunard liners at her stern. These were, the Carmania, ex Saxonia, sold to Russia to become the Leonid Sobinov, and the Franconia, ex Ivernia, also sold to Russia to become the Fedor Shalyapin.


The Southern Cross was sold in January 1973, to Cia de Vap Cerulea SA, Ithaka, on behalf of Ulysses line Ltd, for half a million UK pounds, and was renamed ss Calypso.


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