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“Ships of the Month” #1
Ship #2 Spanish Line MS Guadalupe & Covadonga (1953)
Ship #3 Italian Line
“Updated Liner Orient Lines final Liner to
be built, the
voyage, and excellent services to her sad failed time in
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to ssMaritime.com. 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
date I have written well over 1,125 Classic Passenger Liners,
Passenger-Cargo Liners, including a good number of
humble Migrant ships, many
author is seen whilst on an extended
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!
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Scottish “Ben Line Steamers” of
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.
Ship of the Month #2
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
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 …
‘Aznar Lines’ Monte Style Liner …
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
Externally the 1960, 33,340 Gross ton
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
Late 1965 & 66 she was painted all white as the company livery had changed as their ships were operating more and more cruises.
we see the 1966 new look
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!
sailed via the Suez Canal and she will return via
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
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Construction, Photographs, Deck Plans, Posta Cards & much more!
Her History and passenger & crew Pages as well as photo pages!
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