Royal Interocean Lines; MS Tjiwangi and MS Tjiluwah later known as the “The Elegant White Yachts”

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--Royal Interocean Lines--

MS Tjiwangi & MS Tjiluwah

RIL Memorabilia


A fine artist impression of these fine liners



Above & below: Here we see a beautiful Delft Blue ashtray from the RIL ships Tjiluwah & Tjiwangi

This item was kindly gifted to the author by Mrs. Del Nickols


On the bottom it features the official RIL – Royal Interocean Lines logo, with the Crown atop as always. Then there is the official Delft Blue stamp

Used by the maker in Delft, proving it the real thing and not an imitation. The rest being self-explanatory!


Royal Interocean Lines ashtray from the Tjiluwah – author’s collection

These were made by the famed Petrus Regout & Cr, Maastricht Porcelain Manufacturers

 Author’s private collection


(Authors private collection)


The author also has a K.P.M. dinner plate and a coffee cup in his collection



Above & below: A pair of RIL lasses and a fork & knife

From the private collection of Evelyn Leung




Fork & Knife was made by the Dutch “GERO” Stainless Steel Company



Above & below: This cup and saucer set is part of a set of eight I own, it has the RIL logo on the bottom

Author’s private collection





Above & below: Medal from the RIL/KPN days

 Author’s private collection




A set of fine silver spoons

Sent to the author, but I have lost details of the sender – So sorry!


Lunch Menu dated October 6, 1964

Kindly Provided by Mr. David Newcastle


  2008 - Matt Bockel


 Above & below: A key from the Tjiluwah owned, and sent to the author by Matt Bockol from Minnesota, USA.

This key would have been from the crew area or a store as the inscription below has the ships name

in an Indonesian pronunciation rather than the one on the hull – “Tjiloewah”



2008 - Matt Bockel


The crossing of the Equator Certificate above was sent to me by John Allen who sailed from Brisbane to Japan in December 1963

and he obviously had a wonderful time. PS: They do not print certificates like that on cruises ships these days anymore!

Provided by John Allen


Fan Menus

Fan menus were very popular on these fine ships and throughout the voyage they would appear and they became collector items!



Above and below: MS Tjiwangi silk fan menu dated - March 5, 1958

Provided by Mr. John C. Row





Above and below: Silk fan menu from the Tjiwangi dated June 26, 1972

Provided by Shane Sawer




Part of a brochure showing the ships route

Author’s private collection


These where indeed the most beautiful and elegant motor yachts ever built for the Australian to Asia service

Author’s private collection

MS Tjiwangi and Tjiluwah will always be remembered as the “Elegant White Yachts”

Page One: Tjiluwah – Tjiwangi History Page.

. Tjiluwah – Tjiwangi - RIL - Deck Plan.

Page Two: Kota Singapura, ex Tjiluwah – Kota Bali, ex Tjiwangi.

Page Three: RIL Memorabilia – A host of RIL memorabilia items.


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I watched them come, I watched them go and I watched them die.”



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