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Ships of the Month

November & December 2019


Ship of the Month 1 - Cunard’s - R.M.S. Mauretania (2) 1938.


Ship of the Month 2 - P&O’s - R.M.S. Canton (3) 1938.



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Welcome to So far this year in 2019, I have managed to add a few Classic Liners to ssMaritime as I had them in my portfolio partially completed, as well as slowly updating 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 extreme bad health issues, as well as having poor eye sight these days, and all this is sadly slowing me down greatly, and continuing this site and adding new ships, which I love to do so much is suffering greatly! Therefore, I only do a little work whenever I am able, and I will do my very best whenever possible to add a “Company” or a “Ship of the Month” but this will be done on a quarterly basis, but from now they will be based on ships that I already have online.

Please note, due to the flood of emails that arrive each and every day, I no longer personally reply to the vast majority of the emails received, as 99.9% of the emails will be taken care of by my friend and carer Mr. Eng Tan, and those who seek a reply will receive a pre-written email. However, some very special emails with a specific most worthwhile question will be shown to me, and when it is possible I will send an answer as some you will have already discovered, although it may take a little time pending my condition at that time. But you will never receive an answer if it is regarding a passenger or a crew list, or a sailing schedule, for if I have a sailing schedule, believe me it will be shown 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 every voyage these three ships have ever made whilst in Dutch ownership.

Looking Back:

It is hard to believe, that I have now written on over 1,350 ships, including so many of the great Passenger Liners, but also many Passenger-Cargo Liners.

The Great Trans-Atlantic Liner and Cruise Ship the S.S. Queen Elizabeth 2 is seen as built in 1969

Of course she was refitted a good number of times including having been given new diesel engines


The Dutch M.S. Randfontein sold in 1971 to become the M.S. Nieuw Holland

based in Australia operating on the Asian service to Japan and China, etc

In addition, there are also a good number of humble Migrant ships, many of these being converted War-Time C3 & C4 Class Vessels, and the two ships shown below, both were converted into fully operational aircraft carriers, The ship seen below received a more simple exterior refit like most in this class, but she did have some delightful and more traditional German style public venues.

Built as a C3 Class ship in 1941, and used as an aircraft carrier in WW2

Converted into a migrant ship the M.S. Nelly in 1949

And received an extensive refit and renamed Seven Seas in 1953

Whilst other C-Class ships were rebuilt into fine looking Migrant Liners, being delightfully modern and even glamorous ships. Ships that come to mind are the Italian Flotta Lauro’s TSS Roma and Sydney, as well as Sitmar Lines TSS Fairsky, and these ships made significant inroads into maritime history!

Another 1941 C Class ship & served WW2 and was sold to Sitmar Line to become T.S.S. Fairsky in 1957

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.-

In Conclusion:

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 recently over 533.2 million readers, and that, dear friends simply blows my mind! And please remember, that all my maritime/cruise sites have always been and will remain 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 liners and older cruise ships! Be assured, it has been a great joy for me to present these many classic ships to, and it has been a joy to have been able to write for so many years, thus all I can say is; go and enjoy the now on some 1,300 wonderful maritime memories!

ssMaritime’s Main Index is located just Below & as well at the Bottom of the Page, be assured that you will discover a “Ship lover’s delight” with so many great ships, both Liners, humble Migrant Ships as well as some wonderful Passenger-Cargo Liners from countless countries around the globe, 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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Ship of the Month No. One

Cunard White Star Line / Cunard Line

R.M.S. Mauretania (2)

Painting of the RMS Mauretania by the late Dutch Maritime Artist …

Mr. Sjouke Jan Veldhuis - Provided by & © Mr. Hans Brink

The Mauretania was first and the largest ever Cunard White Star Line Trans-Atlantic Liner to be built in England. She was launched in 1938 and made her maiden voyage on June 17, 1939. She was famed for her late Art Deco style interiors, which gave her a unique and made her a popular liner, the Queen Elizabeth had similar décor, but in a grandiose style and on a larger scale!

Here we see the Cabin Class (later First Class) Grand Entrance Hall & Stairwell

In 1950 she returned to be operated by Cunard Line and in 1962 she was given her second refit during her career. However, during this refit, she was painted cruising green and accommodated slightly less passengers. She operated popular winter Caribbean cruises, as well as her regular Trans-Atlantic voyages during the summer months. This fine ship had a fine WW2 record and she has a great story to tell!

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Ship of the Month No. Two

The Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Co)

R.M.S. Canton 3

RMS Canton was the very last P&O liner to be given a black hull and funnel

The Canton (3) of 1938 was an amazing ship, for as you will discover this in her feature for she was a ship that had a good number of "lasts," as well as a special and an unusual “first!”

Besides serving to the Far East prior to WW2, she was then acquired by the admiralty and converted to an Armed Merchant Cruiser, and later she became a Troopship. She served the war bravely and came under attack many times, yet came out of it unscathed! She was rebuilt after the war and she was painted all white, and came under the new management of P&O-Orient line, due to the companies having merged. She was a fine liner and she had excellent public venues, which were sumptuously furnished with fine timber walls and furnishings, etc and Cabins were roomy and well appointed!

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