Royal Interocean Lines’ - M.S. Tjiwangi of 1949 & M.S. Tjiluwah of 1950

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Royal Interocean Lines

M.S. Tjiwangi & M.S. Tjiluwah



A fine artist impression of these fine liners


Please Note: Photographs, Items & images are from the authors private collection, unless otherwise stated!



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


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 - Only used by the official maker in Delft,

making it the real thing, and not an imitation Delft Blue like most souvenirs.

Author’s private collection


Royal Interocean Lines ashtray from the Tjiluwah – Author’s private collection

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



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

Provided by 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,

They have the RIL logo on the bottom of the saucer

These were given to me as a gift by the Captain during

M.S. Tjiwangi’s last voyage to Brisbane





Above & below: Medal from the RIL/KPN days




A set of fine silver spoons

 author’s private collection

Lunch Menu dated October 6, 1964


Crew cabin key provided &  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



Part of a brochure showing the ships route


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



M.S. Tjiwangi was the first of an identical pair of ships to enter service

I trust that you have enjoyed this article on these two remarkable small and elegant ships, and that is just what ssmaritime is all about, bringing back happy memories!

M.S. Tjiwangi and Tjiluwah will always be

remembered as the “Elegant White Yachts”

Page One:     TjiluwahTjiwangi History Page.

Deck Plan:    TjiluwahTjiwangi.

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

Page Three:  RIL Memorabilia – A host of RIL memorabilia items (This 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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