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The M.S. Prins Der Nederlanden is seen after 1960
The Kon Nederlandsche Stoomboot Mij. N.V. from hereon referred to as K.N.S.M. was company with a large fleet of some 60 ocean going ships in the 1940 & 50s, including two delightful 90 passenger-Cargo Liners the 5.100 GRT (GRT = Gross Registered Tons) M.S. Oranjestad, and the M.S. Willemstad, both having joined the fleet in 1950, but were originally built in 1937 with other names, and were radically rebuilt into fine Passenger-Cargo Liners in 1949/50.
Oranjestad is seen after her delivery in 1950 with a black hull
& the M.S. Willemstad with her grey
Both ships were sold in 1967 to Saudi Lines
With the success of the Oranjestad and Willemstad, KNSM decided to have two larger and more glamorous One Class Passenger-Cargo Liners were in planning and in December 1954 new plans were presented for two 7.200 GRT liners.
The new ships early profile
The plans were approved and two shipbuilders
were contracted to construct the new ships at the same time for
Each ship would accommodate 116 passengers in a One Class configuration, as well as there being a separate Group Accommodation section for 68 persons, Each ship would have a competent crew of 100.
It was decided that they would bear the name of two earlier K.N.S.M.s passenger Liners, the Oranje Nassau and the Prins Der Nederlanden. The Names had Royal connections, for Oranje Nassau referred HRH Queen Juliana of the Netherlands, whose official title was in full; Her Royal Highness Queen Juliana of the Netherlands, Princess of Orange-Nassau, Duchess of Mecklenburg, Princess of Lippe-Biesterfeld, etc, etc. The now late Queen Juliana and her ancestors that date back to the early 1500s, as well as her daughter Beatrix who abdicated in 2013 with her Son Willen-Alexander being the King are all from the ancient house of Oranje Nassau, whilst the other name is directly related to Her Majesty the Queens husband, Prince Bernhard who was titled; Prins Der Nederlanden.
Here is a postcard of the 1914 built SS Prins Der Nederlanden (I), which ended her career with KNSM in 1935
The first of the two ships was built as hull
number 936 by N.V. Scheepswerven Gebroeders Pot,
Oranje Nassau is seen heading for
Postcard issued by KNSM in 1957
The second of this fine pair ships was built as
hull number 618 by P. Smit Jr. Scheepswerf &
Machinefabriek NV, also a shipbuilder in
The 7.214 GRT M.S. Oranje Nassau & 7.220 GRT M.S. Prins Der Nederlanden respectively, were beautifully fitted out liners and they offered their passengers every possible comfort, as the interior decorators were some of the finest in the word and had done an amazing job. They offered some of the finest facilities and most beautiful Lounges and Bars that would be equal to any of the great Trans-Atlantic Liners, the only difference being, it being delightfully intimate, thus more luxurious! Both ships offered spacious Promenade Decks, being partially glass enclosed making for a fine Winter Garden style Verandas. Public Venues included a full width Lounge and Dinning Saloon. Then there was also the delightful Smoking Room and Bar as well as a Library and Writing Room. The ships had both a Beauty Parlour and a Barber Shop as well as a ships shop for those treasured passengers would obtain fro their voyages or additional items of need during their long voyage. Children had their own very special facility and a Nursery, as well as their own play deck, and dinning room. Besides the Promenade Deck there was ample open sports decks and space to enjoy the sun in a comfortable deckchair.
Cabins on board offered single berth and twin
bedded cabins, whilst some cabins on A (Brugdek) Deck would have
a fold away
In addition, both ships also had a separate
section for what was called Group Accommodations
which had space for 68 persons on each ship and the Deck Plan
reveals that their cabins were located on the starboard side on C
((tussendek)) Deck located directly forward of two smaller
Dinning Rooms. One of these dinning rooms on the port side is for
the crew and the other on the starboard side for the group
passengers. These passengers had their deck space directly above
located forward of the superstructure and there was also a lounge
and a bar aft of the forward deck housing. There is not a great
deal of information available when this section would be occupied
and it could be based for special educational bookings, etc, and
possibly to transport locals between the
Please see the Deck Plan at the bottom of this page.
The M.S. Oranje Nassau (II) is seen as built and both ships retained their black hulls until 1960
Painted by & © Victor Trip
Each ship had five holds, having a capacity of
195.000 cubic ft, and a refrigerated capacity of 14.680 cubic ft
to transport butter and meats, etc to the Caribbean, and tropical
fruits back to the
Both ships rapidly gained great popularity, and the company decided to give both ships slight refits such as 1. Fully air-condition both ships throughout giving all passengers far greater comfort. 2. It was also decided to change their livery giving them a more traditional tropical looking lighter grey hull, with a red boot topping, however, their superstructure and funnels remained as before. Only a slight change was made to passenger numbers as both ship would now on accommodate 114 One Class passengers and the group section remained unchanged.
M.S. Prins Der Nederlanden is seen here with her new grey hull looking very smart
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As the years passed, these fine ships gained a great deal of popularity and passengers loved the leisurely atmosphere and the superb facilities the Oranje Nassau and the Prins Der Nederlanden offered! A past passenger emailed me quite some time back, and Jenny had the following to say about her and her husbands experience on the M.S. Oranje Nassau;
We heard about these ships from our
friends who had already done two full round voyages, one on the
Oranje Nassau and other on the Prins der Nederlanden, thus as we
had already been thinking of an extended cruise, we decided to do
a round voyage as on one of these KNSM ships and we booked a
voyage on the Oranje Nassau in 1968. Let me say right from the
start, it was the best thing we could have done, for the service
was, as we were told, simply pure perfection, our cabin steward
was so helpful and did such a wonderful job, and nothing was any
trouble, whilst in the Restaurant, the stewards were just
amazing, they were so efficient and friendly. We had heard so
much about the wonderful variety of menus, and that the chefs
offered such beautifully prepared and presented meals. The
Dinning room was surprisingly spacious as it occupied the full
width of the ship, which was unusual we discovered for ships of
this size, and it made her feel so much larger than she really
was, just like the main lounge up on promenade deck which was
just so wonderful and magnificently appointed, as was the smoking
room and its bar, thus she felt like a much bigger ship! We
sailed on her in 1968 and we had hoped to do another cruise on
her or her sister again in another five years, but sadly when we
came to book it, we were told that both ships had been laid up.
Jenny D -
Some time back I came into possession of a full colour brochure covering these two fine K.N.S.M. ships, and I am delighted to present this fine production below. It is a six fold brochure, thus I have scanned it and have laid it out as two sides, 1; being the front cover side, and 2; the interior side.
Here we see just the front cover of the six fold brochure
Above & below: This is the front and back cover (all on one side) of the brochure; the lower view should be attached to above right
Above & below: This is the interior view of the brochure; the lower view should be attached to above right
I am sure, you will have gained a wonderful
insight to these two fine Passenger-Cargo liners
I am sure, you will have gained a wonderful insight to these two fine Passenger-Cargo linersthat gave countless Dutch, European and British passengers so much joy as they sailed the warm waters of the
Schedule 1969 to 1970:
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Amsterdam, Southampton, Madeira, Trinidad, Georgetown, Curacao, Aruba, Paramaribo, Kingston, Grenada, Barbados, Ponta Delgada, Southampton, Amsterdam.
A fine stern view of the M.S. Oranje Nassau
Here we see the ships very last ever schedule, although it also contained
schedules for K.N.S.M.s other ships on their European & Caribbean services
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M.S. Oranje Nassau:
Returning via the Azores to
M.S. Prins Der Nederlanden:
Returning via the Azores to
Here is a close up of the Prins Der Nederlanden, whilst she is at anchor
Due to recent dramatic changes in passenger
loadings, as well as containerisation slowly taking over cargoes,
it was decided to take these two fine ships out of service, thus
by October 1972 both the M.S. Oranje Nassau and M.S. Prins Der
Nederlanden were laid up in
1 - M.S. Oranje Nassau:
Late in 1972 the Oranje Nassau was sold to
Here we see a fine stern view of the M.S. XX Anniversario and note how well she is maintained
Sent in by a supporter, thus the photographer is unknown - Please see the authors photo notes at the bottom of the page.
Then, in 1989 she was sold to Incorn
Ltd. of St. Vincent who renamed her Ani and she
was delivered to
Photograph by & © Clive Harvey
The once fine ship, having had such a great
past, was also obtained by Incorn Ltd, of St. Vincent
who renamed her Maisi, and she like her sister would
do (but a little later), head for Alang
Please Note: The deck plan shown below, is a smaller version, thus you can either click on it, or use the link below it to view the larger version of the plab. It will reveal clearly the One Class section of the Ship as described above, as well as the Group Accommodations, wich are berthed just on the forward starboard C (tussendek) Deck and their public venue and deck space, up in the focsle area on a deck above.
1. MS Oranje Nassau (2) - 2 Prince Der Nederlanden (2):
Call sign: 1 PGOJ - 2 PGVR.
IMO Nr. 1 5264106 - 2 5285148.
1 N.V. Scheepswerven Gebroeders Pot,
2 P. Smit Jr. Scheepswerf &
Launched: 1 January 26, 1957 - 2 March 14, 1957.
Delivered: 1 August 6, 1957 - 2 September 3, 1957.
Tonnage: 1 7.214 GRT, 5.530 DWT.
. 2 7.220 GRT, 5.531 DWT.
Engines: 1 Stork 6 cyl Diesels 4,500 BHP.
. 2 B&W 6 cyl Diesels 4,500 BHP.
Propellers: Single Screw.
Service speed: 15.5 Knots.
Length: 131.60m - 4319.
Breadth: 17.2m - 5.5.
Draught: 6.92m - 22.8.
Passengers: 116 One Class Passengers - 1957 to 1960.
. Also 68 Group accommodations 1957 to 1972.
. 114 One Class Passengers from 1960 to 1972
Remembering Two Fine K.N.S.M. Ships
They were two beautifully designed Combination-Liners and greatly loved by all those who sailed on them
and genuine ship lovers who can understand the great beauty of these two beautifully designed combination liners!
Blue Water Liners sailing to the
I watched them come, I watched them go, and I watched them die.
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