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This page contains some of the best maritime/cruise sites on the net, all of which specialise in maritime history, memorabilia, and those that offer the latest news of what is happening in the world of shipping/cruising.

Links are arranged in the following order:

Part 1Maritime & Cruise Sites

Part 2Maritime Memorabilia, Video’s, Postcards & Photos

Part 3 Passenger Liner & Cruise Ship Books by various author’s

Part 4Maritime Art – Discover some of the greatest maritime artists on earth, right here on ssMaritime!

Part 5 Maritime Specialty Sites.

If you have a link that would suit this page, then you are welcome to Email me via the link at the bottom of the page. Upon receipt your site will be checked to see if it fits our criteria. There is no offence meant if we are unable to place a requested link. Please Note: We ONLY take maritime and cruise based sites, sites that provide information, news, photographs and maritime memorabilia, etc, material that is directly related to ships. We do NOT except hotel reservation & shore excursion operators etc. Thus, please DO NOT WASTE MY TIME as I have received hundreds of applications over the years which fall in the latter category!

Should you find that a link have become inoperative, will you please send me an email naming the link.

Reuben Goossens

Maritime Historian and lecturer



Part 1 … Maritime & Cruise Sites


ssMaritime's own Cruise Site by the author

Reuben Goossens


Although this site is aimed at Australian and New Zealand readers, it covers luxury cruise companies from around the world,

Enter cruise-australia here



Click the Logo above to enter the Queensland Maritime Museum Website

The Queensland Maritime Museum is without a doubt one of the maritime museums finest in Australia for it covers all facets of our wonderful maritime history, especially our vital links with the great days of the passengers ships and those many migrant ships that brought out countless thousand of new settles to Australia from all over Europe and Great Britain!

The Museum is located on the Brisbane River at the southern end of fames South Bank Parklands and it is open to visitors every day of the year, except from 24 December24 to 26 as well as Good Friday and there is reduced trading hours on Anzac Day.

The Queensland Maritime Museum has so much to offer, both inside and outdoors, there are superb ship models to be viewed and there are actual ships to be explored and even cruises can be had at certain times. But there is so much more and you will discover all that when you visit this amazing Museum.

When you arrive you will find that friendly volunteer members will welcome you and provide you with guide brochures and they will endeavour to make your visit both an educational and entertaining experience!

See you soon at the Queensland Maritime Museum!

Reuben Goossens.



Harm Brink Presents


Too many pages to mention, but the “Fleet List,” with photographs is our favourite!



The Maritime Society that covers the World

WSC is a worldwide Society; why not discover some of

the benefits of membership - Enter Here



Last Ocean Liners


I am sure you will enjoy this remarkable site that including transatlantic liners, as well as ships that sailed to Africa, Asia, New Zealand & Australia, as well as liners that sailed the world! Enjoy!



A Special site by Stefano Fermi


The on-line cruise magazine with extensive information, updated every Tuesday
With news, articles, list of ships retired and under construction



A Magnificent site to explore!



This site tells the tale of Fred’s life as a crewmember and a passenger on board many liners and cruise ships. He shares with us his "Maritime Memories," both in text, images, as well as excellent videos.




When in the USA make sure you go and visit and stay

Overnight Onboard that Great Liner in California, the ex …

RMS Queen Mary

She is now a Magnificent Hotel and Entertainment Centre

To enter “The Queen Mary” site - click the logo above or visit




Built on the Clyde in 1947 - to replace the original Waverley that sunk off Dunkirk in 1940, the Waverley was originally built to sail only between Craigendorran & Arrochar in West Scotland. Fully restored, she now sails right round Britain offering regular trips on the Clyde, the Thames, South Coast of England and the Bristol Channel with other calls at various ports & piers throughout the UK.




Find cheap ferry tickets quickly - Channel Ferries a fast way to search for a cross channel ferry ticket online.



The following is genuinely a brilliant Dutch language shipping site, which is presented by Willem van Arendnet. It contains a multitude of ships. It also contains work by other will known contributors, making this a highly recommended site for our Dutch readers around the world!


Part 2 … Maritime Memorabilia, Video’s & Doco’s, Postcards & Photos


Get your copy of …

“Once Upon A Nuclear Ship”

A Superb N.S. Savannah Documentary!


Watch the superb One hour and five minutes long film entitled “Once Upon A Nuclear Ship” covering the N.S. Savannah so superbly! It is without a doubt the very best way to get to know this still ultra modern looking lady, but is yet historic ship! 1. You can watch it online for just US$4.99, or buy the full DVD for $US24.00 within the U.S.A, including shipping, or $US30.00 internationally including shipping. Visit:

My personal thoughts on this DVD;

I have watched only a small part of this documentary, and all I can say that this is a simply remarkable achievement and a must have DVD! It contains so much great footage of this amazing ship and it will provide you with so much more than just an insight into the ship!

Thus do yourself a favour and for a pittance get yourself a copy of this excellent DVD and enjoy it for yourself, as you will need to watch it again and again!

Reuben Goossens.

Or click the DVD above



 View thousands of ship postcards/photographs at…


Postcards and photographs are available at a reasonable cost


Also visit for an excellent range of Photographs by Trevor



Maritime Memorabilia was founded in 1984, and they have one of the finest collections of maritime items available, be it from brochures, deck plans, labels, postcards, crockery to furniture. Best still, prices are extremely affordable, and often they are far better than what is available on Ebay, mind you, I have found that they have items that just do not show up on Ebay! is operated by Don Leavitt and he has more than 3,000 items of ocean liner and steamship antiques and collectibles spanning the last century available at any one time! You can browse through their site, which has hundreds of shipping lines listed from around the world. If you are looking for a rare item then contact Don Leavitt direct at Nautiques will ship worldwide -




Postcards for Sale


TClick the image above to enter the site!



Ocean Liner Memorabilia from Travel's Golden Age




Part 3 … Books

Orient Line – A Fleet History

By Peter Newall



For over 100 years Orient Line was one of the most progressive and innovative British shipping companies. It was also the premier passenger line between Britain and Australia carrying thousands of people in its sailing ships and steamers.


With a foreword by Lord Marshall, Chairman of British Airways and a former Orient Line purser, Orient Line a Fleet History traces for the first time the complete history of the company and its ships from the formation of Anderson, Thomson and Company in 1863 until the absorption of Orient Line into P&O in 1966 and the brief revival of its name between 1977 and 1987.


“Orient Line – A Fleet History”

Is available for 23.50 plus p&p from “Ships in Focus”



Part 4 … Maritime Art
Paintings by Maritime Artists

I am proud to support Maritime Artists from around the world, including four artists from The Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand and the United States. Paintings have a unique texture and life of its own. Obviously, these fine canvases are painted by men who have a genuine love of Ocean-going liners, cargo ships or tramp steamers! In the near future, I hope to add further artists to this page thus I suggest that you return often and see what’s new on the ssMaritime Art Page!

Remember, if you have a favourite ship you can contact one of these fine artists (except for the last entry) and commission them to paint the ship of choice!

Please note: Images in some cases do not denote the actual quality or beauty of the painting as they have been greatly reduced in size and thus lose clarity.

Reuben Goossens.

Maritime Art by Dutch Artist Willem Johan Hoendervanger


November 2009: This is Willem Johan’s very latest painting:

Holland America Line’s last major Trans Atlantic passenger liner built for them - the SS Statendam

Willem has also painted many passenger liners - you can view these on Willem’s site

As a young artist, Willem Johan Hoendervanger graduated from the Academy of Art at Breda in the Netherlands in 2005. He said that “These years at college were very instructive and educational.” After his graduation he decided to fully commit himself to the field of maritime art. Apart from other work interests, he paints regularly for (former) seamen, maritime companies or anyone who has a love of ships and the sea. There is no doubt that Willem Johan has that very special quality and nautical touch, thus I decided to add him to the ssMaritime Art pages and his painting would be a great investment to any collection and a valuable addition to any maritime museum! Contact details are located below.

This is the ship that for long has been regarded as one of the world’s most beautiful liners ever built

The SS Nieuw Amsterdam seen in her home port of Rotterdam – This painting in full size is superb!

Is there a ship you really love? Why not commission Willem to paint it for you. Email him at: Or visit his website at


NEW Artist

New Zealand Maritime Artist - Wallace Trickett


P&O’s magnificent liner - SS Himalaya painted by Wallace Trickett

Wallace Trickett has this superb talent and loves to paint all kinds of vintage transport, but he excels in painting ships be it the great liners or the lesser known ones as well as a variety freighters. I highly recommend that you check out his work as they are simply superb. At rhe bottom of the page use the links to view the various paintings. Although most have been sold, you can commission your most loved ship and these are at reasonable rates and can be shipped worldwide. As you ciew the website you will note that he has a special love for Blue Funnel ships and he has painted dozens of them. Enjoy his work!

Reuben Goossens.

Enter the website HERE Email:



Markant GalleryDutch Aritst - Frans Daniel Romeijnsen


A painting of the Holland Amerika Lijn SS Rotterdam & SS Nieuw Amsterdam

Frans Daniel Romeijnsen was born in Terneuzen, The Netherlands in 1944, and his father was also an artist. As a child he started to become interested in drawing. Then, his father decided that Frans was obviously more than interested in art, thus he took him under his wing and began teaching him various techniques, pastel, pencil and aquarelle. Later in life, after military service Frans dedicated himself to painting with oils. Ever since, he has been painting portraits, landscapes, still life, but mostly sea and harbour scenes. Frans is a member of the association of the Holland America Line and his paintings of the great Dutch liners can be found on the websites of the Royal Rotterdam Lloyd Museum and the Royal Dutch Steamship Association. In addition to painting Frans teaches up to 40 students in his Gallery.

Please Note: As the site is in Dutch and could be difficult to navigate for some, I have placed an Index of pages below with ships from a variety of companies for you to visit and view. Enjoy the great work of a great artist!

ships - 1 – Various

ships - 2 - Holland West Africa Line (HWA)

ships - 3 - Holland America Line (HAL)

ships - 4 - Royal Interocean Lines (KJCPM)

ships - 5 - Royal Interocean Lines (KPM)

ships - 6 - Royal Netherlands Steamship Co (KNSM)

ships - 7 - Royal Rotterdam Lloyd (KRL)

ships - 8 - Nederland Line (NSM)

ships - 9 - (NIGOCO)

Sail Boats


Markant Gallery Frans Romeijnsen

Kruiseind 16D. 5421 ND Gemert The Netherlands

Phone: 06-54611307 - Email:



Works by Dutch Artist Hans Breeman


Netherland Line Oranje, which became the Angelina Lauro

Painted by Dutch Artist Hans Breeman

 ENTER his website



Australia's top Maritime Artist - Don Braben


A fine painting of the Bulolo arriving in Brisbane, by Don Braben

Don Braben is a long established artist and has painted many ships either for the love of it or on commission. He is highly regarded by Art Galleries here and has regular showings with great success! Don also paints by commission: Email him at:

ENTER his website




Paintings by US Aritist - Chris Butler



The Queen Mary “Into the Sea” by Chris Butler




The late Mr. Veldhuis - Maritime Collection


ssMaritime in association with Mr Harm Brink of the Netherlands, is honoured to present one of the most magnificent collections of Maritime Art ever presented! The Veldhuis Collection features a multitude fine paintings of great Passenger Liners, and other fine ships of the past. Enter the collection and enjoy!


SS Gelria by the late Mr. Sjouke Jan Veldhuis 1918/1997

ENTER the Veldhuis Collection HERE

Presented by The Dutch Cruise Site

(a site by Harm Brink - in Dutch and English)




Part 5 … Maritime Specialty Sites


SS Zuiderkruis

On you will discover the story of Theo Kroon who sailed from The Netherlands to New Zealandon the SS Zuiderkruis in 1956. His page will take you on a photographic journey of that voyage, however it also details how Theo worked hard having settled down in his country of choice!

In due course Theo created a successful and an award winning business, “Crown Embroidery,” a Worldwide Custom Digitizing Service for Embroiderers and one of Theo’s most famed pieces was produced at the request of the Dutch Ambassador in Wellington being the Royal Coat of Arms of “The House of Oranje Nassau.” This piece was entered into the “International Embroidery Competition” in America it won both the 1st price in its category and the Grand overall prize. Having won these prizes the Ambassador requested for extra copies to be made and they were presented to Her Majesty Queen Beatrix and Crown Prince Willem Alexander. Today, copies hang in Dutch Clubs and Dutch Retirement Villages. Below is a photo of this embroidery piece, however I have a High Res copy of the photograph and the detail is just superb!

The framed dimensions are 500 x 470 mm (unframed 310 x 280 mm)

Photo by & 2009 Theo Kroon

The good news is that there may still be a very limited number of this very special award winning embroidery available. Email Theo for details: Also visit his website at: Theo posts worldwide.


“Blue Water Liners sailing to the distant shores.
I watched them come, I watched them go and I watched them die.”



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Photographs on ssmaritime and associate pages are either by the author or from the author’s private collection. In addition there are some images and photographs that have been provided by Shipping Companies or private photographers or collectors. Credit is given to all contributors, however, there are some photographs provided to me without details regarding the photographer or owner concerned. Therefore, I hereby invite if owners of these images would be so kind to make them-selves known to me (my email address can be found at the bottom of the page on, in order that due credit may be given.

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