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Classic Liners Updates ~ December 2018

Ships of the Month#1 Ben Line S.S. Benrinnes (1914)

Ship #2 Spanish Line MS Guadalupe & Covadonga (1953)

Ship #3 Italian Line S.S. Leonardo da Vinci (1960)

Updated Liner Orient Lines final Liner to be built, the S.S. Oriana (1960)

Follow the days of S.S. Oriana from being designed, her constructed, her sea trials,

her maiden voyage, and excellent services to her sad failed time in Japan & China, to her being broken up

Finally: MV African Mercy, being my Special Interest & Fund Raising Campaign for “Mercy Ships


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Welcome to During 2017, and yes even in 2018 I have managed to add some 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 some work. As most of my readers will know, I have been suffering from a variety of health problems, which sadly has greatly slowed 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 a good 28 years. However please note, due to the flood of emails that arrive daily, I no longer reply to emails 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 there will be some emails with a specific worthwhile question that may receive an answer from me, as some you will have already found out, although it may take time pending my condition at the time. But not if it is regarding passenger or crew lists, including 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 Dutch liners MS Sibajak and the MS Oranje and I have details of every single voyage of both ships

Looking Back:

To date I have 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’s TSS Fairsky, and these ships made significant inroads into maritime history. I hope that through the pages off ssMaritime you will discover many wonderful memories, be it for those past passengers and their relatives who may have sailed on these wonderful ships, from days of old until their demise in the late 1970s. And not to forget the Cruise Ships

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 ssMaritime; in fact this site has now almost reached over 521.7 million readers to date from when my first site came online 28 years ago, and that, dear friends simply blows my mind! Please remember, that my sites have always remained 100% non-commercial, for my purpose has been to provide wonderful and hopefully joyful memories to all 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, 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 #1

Ben Line Steamers Ltd of Leith (Scotland)

S.S. Benrinnes

Scottish “Ben Line Steamers” of Leith with a history back to 1839 ordered the last of a series of ships, being a twelve passenger-cargo ship to be constructed by the Scottish ship builder Bartram & Sons Ltd and she was completed in July 1914 and she was named S.S. Benrinnes.

This delightful 4,798 GRT (Gross Registered Tons) ship was the very last ship to have been constructed for the company that featured a magnificent clipper bow and cruiser stern, with a low partial two deck amidships superstructure, a tall thin vertical yellow funnel with and open timber bridge located above, which gave her that stunning classic profile of what is now part of classic maritime history, being from a long bygone era.

The Benrinnes offered accommodation for 12 First Class passengers. Considering her voyages were long as she would sail to the Far East and also sail as far as Australia at times, she offered passengers the very best of comfort in their staterooms and public venues, as well as the best of service and excellent cuisine! “Ben Line Steamers” became known for offering their guests the very best of everything on board their ships from their early days until their last ships, this fine Scottish firm had to come to an end after 153 long years in 1996.

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Ship of the Month #2

The “Spanish Line”

MS Guadalupe and Covadonga

A Spanish Line colour postcard of the MS Covadonga

The “Spanish Line”, also known as “Compania Trasatlantica S.A.,” ordered two fine 10,226 Gross Tonne Passenger-Cargo Liners the MS Guadalupe and Covadonga, which were completed in 1953.

They were remarkable for their luxury First Class accommodations, besides the two spacious deluxe Suites, there were also fourteen deluxe Cabins that had private Verandas which were glass enclosed, as well as all have private facilities and fully air-conditioned.

During their working life with The Spanish Line they operated between Spain, the United States, Cuba, and Mexico, and they were very attractive and a most successful pair of ships!

Thus this is the story of two delightful Spanish liners, which I am sure will make for interesting reading. Enjoy!

Read more about these interesting ships … MS Guadalupe & Covadonga


Also read about Three Other Spanish Liners …

The last of the ‘Ybarra’ Liners … MS Cabo San Roque & Cabo San Vicente


‘Aznar Lines’ Monte Style Liner … MS Monte Ulia



Ship of the Month #3



S.S. Leonardo da Vinci

He we see the elegant Italian Line S.S. Leonardo da Vinci as she was from 1960 to late 1965

Due to the tragic loss of the magnificent Italian Line liner S.S. Andrea Doria which sank on July 25, 1956 after a collision with the Swedish liner MS Stockholm, and of course this proved to be a huge loss to the company, as the investigations rulings made the Italian Line cover the full cost of the loss of the Andrea Doria, whilst the Stockholm did have bow damage, which the Swedish American Line would financially covered. The Italian Government supported the Italia line and soon they commence to design a new and a larger ship, a ship that would become the revolutionary Leonardo da Vinci.

Externally the 1960, 33,340 Gross ton S.S. Leonardo da Vinci was very similar looking to her two earlier constructed sisters, however she was 63 ft longer and a good 2 ft wider, in addition she had a larger superstructure both forward and aft. The ships funnel was also beautifully re-shaped into a more modern shapely funnel, as well as being somewhat taller and she was given a small smoke deflector fin. Atop of her Bridge, but set back, we find the only mast on the Leonardo, and it a stylish tall, multi level radar mast, suitable for the ship being beautifully dressed with flags

The Leonardo da Vinci had the same livery as the ill fated S.S. Andrea Doria and her sister S.S. Cristoforo Colombo, having red boot topping which was itself topped by a thin white ribbon. The ship had a perfectly painted black hull with a thin white band painted two-thirds up the hull from the red boot topping and its white ribbon. Forward she had just two king posts to handle cargo, however far aft there was no cargo handling posts or any cranes, which provided the four beautifully stepped spacious Lido and three pool decks with the most spacious decks for the passengers.

Late 1965 & 66 she was painted all white as the company livery had changed as their ships were operating more and more cruises.

Here we see the 1966 new look Leonardo da Vinci, operating both as a trans-Atlantic liner and as a Cruise Ship!

There is no doubt externally, and I do mean visually, S.S. Leonardo da Vinci was a perfectly balanced liner; she was absolute perfection to behold at sea, be it way back then and even if she was with us today!, but being traditional, I still prefer the black hull!

Enter my Three Page feature on this amazing liner via the LINK below, it contains the Leonardo da Vinci’s amazing and most unusual history, and did you know that she was ready to be fitted with a nuclear power plant? The pages are full of photographs, brochures, posters, menus and a full Deck Plan will be online very soon!

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Updated Liner of the Month

SS Oriana is seen arriving in Sydney on December 30, 1960 on December 30, 1960

Having sailed via the Suez Canal and she will return via New Zealand and the Panama Canal to Southampton

This extensive fourteen Webpage feature covers Oriana from her conception in 1954 to being broken up in 2005. Part One contains very special features, which are entirely related to her design, construction, launching, fitting out, sea trials and her maiden voyage with rare photographs thaat I have been given by the wife from the late Mr. Charles F Morris (famed for his “Book “Origins, Orient and Oriana”) who was a long established Orient Line Naval Architect being one of the ships main designers, and I received these photographs and other images that have never been seen before, thus come enjoy the beauty and come for an amazing ride as the SS Oriana comes to life!

Oriana’s uniquely located high and amidships Bridge with her funnel slightly aft up higher

Part Two covers the Oriana’s complete history “From Birth to the Breakers”. From construction to completion, and her maiden voyage, her later days as an all white cruise ship and to her sale to the Japanese in 1986. Having been sold to the Chinese, she ended up in Dalian where she was a huge success, but tragically her days would come to and end during a massive typhoon in Dalian. The last page reveals the sad photographs of her at the Chinese breakers yard. Each page contains a complete SS Oriana INDEX to all pages.

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Construction, Photographs, Deck Plans, Posta Cards & much more!


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Her History and passenger & crew Pages as well as photo pages!



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I trust that the above new and updated features will be greatly enjoyed as most will have new and/or larger photographs; in addition with updated features, I have added new details to some of its and added additional details where applicable!

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