Classic Liners from great Trans-Atlantic liners or Liners sailing the Globe and also Passenger-Cargo ships with 10 to 240 passengers
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Ships of the Month - “Messageries
… and her sister the M.S. Tahitien (1953 to 1972)
The later was sold to become
the Greek/Cypriot Cruise Ship -
Also the intimate
And the magnificent
liner designed by the great naval/maritime architect
The S.S. America (1940) …
was sold to Chandris Lines to become the much loved
25, 2019: Welcome to ssMaritime.com.
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
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
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 this site, in fact friends ssMaritime.com 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!
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is seen arriving in
The first of the
two sisters, the 12,712 GRT passenger-cargo liners the MS Calédonien was
constructed by “Ateliers et
they were placed on Marseilles to Sydney service, sailing across the Atlantic,
transiting the Panama Canal, visiting Tahiti, Port Vila, Nouméa, and finally
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.
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
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
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Here we see the Polynesie at anchor in the mid sixties looking splendid with her tropical white livery
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
She was purposely
designed for the
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Later; The Chandris Line
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!
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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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