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Ships of the Month - March ~ April 2019

 Ships of the Month - Messageries Maritimes M.S. Calédonien (1952)

and her sister the M.S. Tahitien (1953 to 1972)

The later was sold to become the Greek/Cypriot Cruise Ship - M.S. Atalante (1972)

Also the intimate Sydney based M.S. Polynesie (1955)


And the magnificent liner designed by the great naval/maritime architect Mr. William Francis Gibbs.

The S.S. America (1940) …

 She was sold to Chandris Lines to become the much loved S.S. Australis.




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January 25, 2019: Welcome to During 2018 I have managed to add the odd new additional Classic Liners and other ships to ssMaritime, as well as managing to update some of my earlier features, for believe me some of them really needed a good clean up, and sadly there are many more that need work. But as most of my readers will know, I have been suffering from a variety of health problems, which sadly has greatly slowed down my work! Therefore, I am only do some work when I am able, and when I can I may add a “Company” or “Ship of the Month” which will most likely be already online, but occasionally there may just be a new ship or ships, just as I have done for almost 30 years. However please note, due to the flood of emails that arrive daily, I no longer reply to the vast majority of emails received personally, as most will be taken care of by my friend and carer Mr. Hun-Eng Tan, therefore most will receive a pre-written reply, however some very special emails with a specific worthwhile question will be shown to me and it may receive an answer from me, as some you will have already discovered, although it may take time pending my condition at the time. But not if it is regarding a passenger or crew lists, including any sailing schedules, for if I have a sailing schedule, believe me you will have found it online already. However, I do have schedules for the three Dutch liners MS Sibajak, Johan van Oldenbarnevelt, and the MS Oranje and I have details of all voyages of these ships.

Looking Back:

It is hard to believe, but I have on now written well over 1,250 Classic Passenger Liners, Passenger-Cargo Liners, including a good number of humble Migrant ships, many of these being converted War-Time Victory Class ships, such as the type C3 & C4 Class Vessels. Some of these ships were rebuilt into rather humble Migrant Liners, whilst others became far more modern and even glamorous Migrant Liners, such as Flotta Lauro’s TSS Roma and Sydney, as well as Sitmar Lines TSS Fairsky, and these ships made significant inroads into maritime history. And it is my sincere hope, that through the pages of ssMaritime you may rediscover some wonderful memories, be it for past passengers and their relatives who may have sailed on these amazing ships, from days of old until their demise in the late 1970s to the 1990s. And not to forget the Classic Cruise Ships some of which are still sailing.

The author is seen whilst on an extended Princess Cruise-

To Conclude:

I must say a very special thank you, to all ship lovers from around the world, for I have been astounded that there have been so many of you reading this site, in fact friends has reached as of this date 531.2 million readers, and that, dear friends simply blows my mind! And please remember, that this and all my maritime/cruise sites have always remained 100% non-commercial, for my purpose has been to provide wonderful and hopefully joyful memories to past passengers from around the world, and those who really love passenger lines and older cruise ships! Be assured, it has been a great joy for me to present these many classic ships, which I have been able to write about for so many years, therefore, go and just enjoy the memories!

ssMaritime’s Main Index is located just Below & also at the Bottom of the Page, be assured that you will discover a “Ship lover’s delight” with so many great ships, both Liners, Migrant Ships as well as Passenger-Cargo Liners and all of these will have you reading and returning for a long time to come!

Reuben Goossens - Retired!

Maritime Historian, Commenced in the Passenger Shipping & Cruise Industry in 1960.



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Ships of the Month

Messageries Maritimes

Part One

M.S. Calédonien & M.S. Tahitien

MS Tahitien is seen arriving in Sydney, Australia

The first of the two sisters, the 12,712 GRT passenger-cargo liners the MS Calédonien was constructed by “Ateliers et Chantiers de France” at Dunkirk in 1952, whilst the MS Tahitien was built by “Arsenal Dockyards” at Brest in 1953.

Upon completion they were placed on Marseilles to Sydney service, sailing across the Atlantic, transiting the Panama Canal, visiting Tahiti, Port Vila, Nouméa, and finally head to Sydney Australia, and then return, Their schedule was close to a three month long voyage, which they operated for an amazing twenty years.

Late in 1972, when the Jet age had taken over most passenger services, they were finally laid up in Marseille and were soon sold. The Calédonien had a very short life with her new owners as a car ferry and was sold to ship breakers and was broken up.

Thankfully the Tahitien was sold and operated by “Mediterranean Sun Lines” (MSL), and having been renamed “Atalante” and she was refitted in Greece, which saw her cargo holds filled with cabin accommodation as well as a car deck added. Her public venues remained much the same with just a few refreshments, although a new swimming pool was installed on her aft deck. She commenced low cost cruises in the Mediterranean and she was a happy and successful ship.

As we can see externally, apart from her aft mast and king posts removed

Atalante looked much the same as she did when she was the Tahitien

In 1992 MSL sold the Atalante to Paradise Cruises who completely rebuilt her and turned her into a most popular cruise ship, changing her internally and externally completely changing her superstructure. Upon completion she continued on the lower cost cruise style operation and she continued cruising with huge success for another good thirty two wonderful years.

The link below will lead you to a two page feature of the French Passenger cargo-liners, complete with countless images and deck pans, as well as two pages covering the MS Atalante with images and a deck plan! Enjoy!

The MS Atalante is seen in under the ownership of Paradise Cruises


Enter the MS Caledonien and Tahitien a two page feature


Then enter the MS Atalante  (ex MS Tahitien) a two page feature


Also read about the small and delightful Sydney based:

Messageries Maritimes

Ship of the Month - Part Two

M.S. Polynesie

Here we see the Polynesie at anchor in the mid sixties looking splendid with her tropical white livery

Although the Polynesie was a small ship, however she was and a beautifully designed and a well built small passenger-cargo ship. As completed in 1955 she looked very smart with her black hull with a white ribbon, and she departed Marseilles for Nouméa, sailing via the Suez, making calls at Colombo, and Singapore before arriving in Nouméa on July 15. After a short stay she continued her maiden Pacific voyage to Sydney where she arrived on July 25.

She was purposely designed for the Sydney Australia, Nouméa New Caledonia service, and she offered limited but excellent facilities for just 36 passengers. The Lounge, Bar and passenger promenade was located forward and along portside of D (Boat) Deck. The Dining Room was located forward of B (Bridge) Deck. Polynesie had twenty cabins being either single or twin bedded cabins, some having an upper Pullman Berth, with accommodations being located over three decks, most on C and D Decks, with others topside on E Deck just behind the Bridge. All cabins were outside and had a private bathroom.

For her full story, complete with in and exterior photographs enter this link MS Polynesie.




United States Lines

Ship of the Month - Part Three

S.S. America

Later; The Chandris Line S.S. Australis

An S.S. America First Class baggage label


The stately S.S. America is seen arriving in port

Come and enjoy three updated pages on the magnificent S.S. America, with additional details regarding her history, as well as more photographs, covering her exteriors and her delightful lounges and facilities. There is also her original 1940 released Deck Plan, which is online on Page Three, and these are placed on a deck by deck basis, thus the S.S. America feature will offer a great deal for everyone who has a great love for beautifully designed classic liners, such as this beautiful ship. Regarding the deck plan, each deck can be enlarged to their full size, which opens on a new page!

I believe that William Francis Gibb, who also designed and completed the S.S. United States, which is a larger and improved version of the America was and remains one of the greatest American maritime geniuses’ ever!

I have personally loved the America since the early 1960’s and when she became the S.S. Australis for Chandris Lines, as I managed the General Sales Agency (GSA) of Chandris Lines in Australia and I sailed on this well built and maintained liner on many occasions! Enjoy this comprehensive feature.

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Or enter the 4 page S.S. Australis feature



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In conclusion:

I trust that you will enjoy the above brand new MS Calédonien & Tahitien feature, which has taken me over 14 months to complete, due to my health, as well as the associated updated feature the MS Atalante, will be greatly enjoyed by you. The Updated Atalante and the MS Polynesie feature.

In addition, the S.S. America also has new and/or larger photographs, and new page styles. ENJOY!

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