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Ships of the Month - May ~ June 2019

 Ship of the Month - P&O’s R.M.S. Mongolia 3 of 1922

And her four incarnations through to 1964

S.S. Rimutaka, Europa, Nassau & Acapulco




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May 2, 2019: Welcome to During 2018 and the first half of 2019, I have managed to add the occasional new Classic Liner 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 has sadly slowed me greatly, and my work is suffering, for my eyesight is also getting so much worse! Therefore, I am only do a little work when I am able, and I will try as hard as possible to add a “Company” or a “Ship of the Month” but this will now be done bi-monthly.

Please note, due to the flood of emails that arrive daily, I no longer reply to the vast majority of the emails received personally, as most will be taken care of by my friend and carer Mr. 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 when it is possible it will receive an answer from me, 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 in regard a passenger or crew lists, including sailing schedules, for if I have a sailing schedule, believe me it is 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 ships have ever made whilst in Dutch ownership.

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 & 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

R.M.S. Mongolia

In this new three page feature (which has taken me over a year to complete, little by little) you will discover the amazing history of the 1922 P&O Liner RMS Mongolia (III) and her four incarnations as follows. In 1938 P&O chartered her to the New Zealand Shipping Company, and they used her as a humble migrant liner from the UK to New Zealand, having been renamed “Rimutaka”. In 1950 she was sold to the Italian Incres Shipping Company to operate on Atlantic liner duties renamed “Europa”. However in 1951, she was sold in-house to Incres Line who renamed her “Nassau” and she was completely renovated as well as partially rebuilt into a deluxe all first class cruise ship. She was based in New York on a full-time basis and operated cruises to the Bahamas and the West Indies, etc. She was the very first cruise ship to do so from New York.

The Incres Line S.S. Nassau had 3 aft holds removed, thus she had specious decks and two swimming pools

The S.S. Nassau was sold in 1960 to a Mexican Company and she received a comprehensive rebuilding programme and the now very modern looking ship for those days was renamed “Acapulco”.

Her Upper Promenade & Promenade Decks were stretched forward to accommodate

new large public venues, and externally she had a new shapely bow added

However, with all the modernisations and the advance hype the S.S. Acapulco was a complete failure, for as soon as she reached Mexico it commenced with mechanical problems and she did not pass her inspections. When all was finally sorted out, there little to no interest in bookings, and she ended up as a hotel ship in Canada at the World Fair, when it closed she was laid up and later sold to the breakers in 1963 and broken up in 1964. The end of what had been a great ship until 1960!

Enter Page One of the RMS Mongolia Feature being a three page feature


In conclusion:

I trust that you will enjoy the “Ship of the Month” feature, which try hard to change Bi-Monthly, which at times is difficult due to health problems. But I will try hard to have at least six (or more) interesting Ships of the Month per year. ENJOY!

But remember that on’s Main Index via the Link above & below, there are over 1,250 Classic Passenger Liners, Passenger-Cargo Liners & Classic Cruise Ships to be found, as I have been writing on Classic Liners since the 1980’s, but did not come online until the early 1990’s.

Just enjoy!

Reuben Goossens.


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