Netherland Line MS Willem Ruys

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Part One - MS Willem Ruys

Photo Album - Page One First Class

This page features many photographs of the unique Liner Willem Ruys, which later became the ill-fated Achille Lauro.

Photographs on this page are from two different areas. 1; as built and 2; some photos may be from after she had her 1958/59 refit and exterior facelift at the Wilton-Fijenoord shipyard. This saw her decks extended far aft and had additional windows added aft of her lifeboats part of it being a Wintergarden for Tourist Class as well as a glass enclosed promenade deck! In addition her funnels were heightened.

Having just been launched, the Willem Ruys is towed to her fitting out berth


Willem Ruys is seen being fitted out, but is close to completion


Hull is being touched up before her maiden voyage


Willem Ruys seen ready to depart for her maiden voyage on December 2, 1947


Here we see the Willem Ruys’ maiden departure from Rotterdam


The first liner to have the lifeboats slung low between the hull and superstructure


View from the lookout



Above & Below: Willem Ruys had spacious Promenade Decks, both open and glass enclosed



Postcard showing her voyage to the East Indies


First Class Photo Album



Above & Below: The Grand Social Hall and the Grand Stairwell



Grand Social Hall and the Grand Stairwell to the upper level


The Social Hall was always overlooked by the two mermaids!


The Social Hall Dance Floor


The upper level of the Social Hall and the Bar located port side aft



Above & Below: The Writing Room and Library



Wintergarden surrounded the Social Hall and it was the perfect place to meet friends for coffee or a drink!


The Shop



Above & Below: The elegant Smoking Room



The Main Lobby had a comfortable seating area


Here we see a part of the Dinning Room



Above & Below: Swimming Pool & Sports Deck




Above & below: Two fine colour images of the pool and her decks



Sports deck - Note the heightened funnels, thus this photo was taken after the 1958/59 refit


An Early Colour Photograph of the Willem Ruys with her original funnels


The ships Bridge


The Telegraph on the Engine Room Main Control Panel


 A view over part of the Engine Room


Here we see the Willem Ruys’ very distinctive stern - see the photo below for the changes made to her stern section in 1958/59


The MS Willem Ruys is seen after her 1959 refit with the new aft windows in Tourist Class

Also her aft decks were extended far aft and also her funnels had been heightened



MS Willem Ruys / MS Achille Lauro - INDEX:

MS Willem Ruys: ? Part One.

Photo Page One: ???? First Class.

Photo Page Two:????? Tourist Class.

Page Three:???????????? Brochures.

Achille Lauro:??????? Part Two.

Page Two:?????????????? Deck Plans.

Page Three:???????????? Brochures.


Also Read:???????????? MS Oranje / Angelina Lauro - Netherland Line.

.???? ????????????????????? MS Johan van Oldenbarnevelt - Netherland Line.

. ????????????????????????? MS Sibajak - Royal Rotterdam Lloyd.


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