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“Memories of the JVO”


m.s. Johan van Oldenbarnevelt


Here is a wonderful classic view of the luxurious m.s. Johan van Oldenbarnevelt


History of the JVO:



Netherlands Shipbuilders, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Vessel Number:


Date of Build:


Vessel Name:

m.s. Johan van Oldenbarnevelt - 1929 / 1963.

Other Names:

TSMS Lakonia - March – December 1963.

Type of Vessel:

Passenger Liner / Cruise Ship.

Date Launched:

Saturday August 3, 1929.

Launched by:

Mrs. Tegelberg-Hooft wife of the SMN director.

Shakedown Voyage:

March13, 1930 – The 2nd.on April 29, 1930.

Maiden Voyage:

May 9, 1930:

Amsterdam, Southampton, Algiers, Ville France, Genoa, Marseilles, Port Said, Colombo, Sabang, Balawan Deli, Singapore Batavia. And return.


The Netherlands.

Greek - March 8, 1993 to December 29, 1963.

Port of Registry:

Amsterdam / Piraeus

Original Owners / Operators:

Stoomvaart Maatschappij Nederland (SMN) -

Netherland Line.

Final Commercial Voyages:

(Cruising from New Zealand and Australia) … January 30, 1963 ex Wellington arriving Sydney February 3, 1963 (decommissioned that day)

Final Voyage:

JVO - February 3, 1963: ex Sydney, Singapore, Aden, Suez, Port Said, to Genoa, arriving on March 7, 1963 officially handed over to the Greek Line.

The Fire:

The Greek cruise ship TSMS Lakonia caught fire on December 22, 1963 – She finally sank 250 miles west of Gibraltar on December 29. 1963.

Technical Statistics:



608.8 ft -185.6 m.


74.8 ft - 22.8 m.


27.10 ft – 8.5 m.

Gross Registered Tonnage:

19,429 tons (as built).


Sulzer diesels - Twin Screws, 14,000 BHP.

Maximum Speed:

19 knots.

Service Speed:

17 knots.

Passengers & Crew as per maiden voyage:

366 First Class, 280 Second Class, 64 Third Class, 60 Fourth Class, 360 Crew.


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