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Maritime Historian, Cruise‘n’Ship Reviewer & Author



Welcome to this very special New Feature regarding the United States Lines S.S. America the ship that later became the Chandris Lines S.S. Australis! The first three pages are fully occupied by the magnificent, the original and superbly designed S.S. America by the great Maritime, Naval Architect Mr. William Francis Gibb, who also designed the S.S. United States! As well as many other great American ships including the great Matson Liners such as the S.S. Lurline and the S.S. Monterey (1932), both of which became the Chandris Liners renamed the R.H.M.S. Ellinis and R.H.M.S. Britanis, which are included in the Chandris section as well as the M.S. Patris, ex R.M.S. Bloemfontein Castle.

Finally on November 16, 1964 the great S.S. America commenced an exciting new life having been purchased by Mr. Alexandros Chandris, who the author knew rather well, considering I worked and managed a Chandris GSA in Australia and I dearly loved their purchases, especially their three magnificent William Francis Gibb designed Liners, be they the two ex Matson ships, or that great and the largest Chandris ship they would ever the S.S. Australis!

I trust that you will enjoy this new work, which at this time is NOT quite complete as yet, for you may note from the INDEX below that not all the links are active as yet. However, please return whenever you are able and check IF the next chapter is online and then enjoy more of this superb liner, as well as the others!

Reuben Goossens – Now Retired.

Maritime Historian, Author & Lecturer & Cruise'n'Ship Reviewer.

Working for almost 55 years in the Passenger Shipping Industry.

S.S. America INDEX:

Page One S.S. America History Page.

Page Two Photo Page.

Page Three 1940 Deck Plans.

S.S. Australis INDEX:

Page Four S.S. Australis History Page from 1964 to her tragic end in 1993.

Page Five Brochure & Photo & Page One.

Page Six Brochure & Photo Page Two.

Page Seven Deck Plans.


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