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Having been in the
passenger shipping industry for well over a half an century,
working from the very bottom, to an agent selling berths on ships
to and from the USA, UK and European ports, as well as having
managed a major Passenger Shipping Company and operated a
successful Cruise Company in the 1960/70s, it stands to
Personally it has been my good fortune to have been directly involved in saving worthwhile passenger ships since 1995, but officially online in 1997! Sadly there have been far too many tragedies, but also some wonderful and sweet victories! But, this is not the time to sing praises for there are other ships that are now worth our time right now!
Let me advise you first; although I am no longer directly involved in the actual saving of any of these wonderful ships, but I now leave it to the other well set up organisations with some of the best qualified people who are well organised to do the job. However, but they do need your assistance! This page remains online because you have supported me for so many years and therefore I ask you with all my heart, to continue to assist me in all our endeavours to save some of these beloved classic ships, such as the SS United States, the MV Saga Ruby, ex Vistafjord that is also in danger, and did you know that she is the very last passenger ship to be built in Britain? And there are others!
Come aboard and support the work and feel good knowing that you will have done your something in saving a part of maritime history that will last long into the future for your childrens children to see!
Personally I supported many campaigns, including the SS United States by becoming a multiple Plank Owner and I have an official Plank Certificate, and you know I am rather proud of it, that I even had it framed, for it will always bind me to this superb ship! Today of course there are other great and new ways for you to become one with this great American liner, and I will explain this down the page!
I sincerely thank all my wonderful readers and supporters for the many years you have been with me and returned again and again, for amazingly we have now received more that 500 million visitors/readers to our sites since our sites reformation in 2003, and that is quite a feat! I thank all my supporters as am really touched!
But, now I ask for you to continue to support the Good Work that is being done, especially by SS United States Conservancy.
The authors SS United States Plank Owners Certificate
Currently there are other great ways to support this great ship!
S.O.S. The SS United States Conservancy needs your URGENT assistance NOW. See details below!
MV Saga Ruby ex Vistafjord to end her 40 year career in 2014!
SS Rotterdam sold & Great NEWS!
MV Queen Elizabeth 2 She will now have a NEW LIFE but WHERE? - Also her Timeline.
MV Baragoola - This proud Australian, which was built as a steamship in 1922.
TSS Dover - This is the very last British Rail steamship ever ordered & delivered in 1965.
Ships mentioned Mostly Saved - By either this, or
other campaigns. Including my beloved: SS Rotterdam
/ MS Veronica, ex
ship of which I have been associated with since the 1970s since
she was the MS Franca C, and I am still her
official historian the MV Doulos, ex MS
Franca C, SS Roma, SS Medina built in the
Above we see the greatest American Trans-Atlantic Liner ever built and Let us SAVE HER!
Dear friends, it is vital to understand that the SS United States is without doubt one of the worlds greatest marine achievements that was brought about by the wonderful, William Francis Gibbs who was the brainchild behind the great SS United States an American liner like no ever other her the day. The end result was pure perfection a grand ship with the most sublime proportions, with her massive and impressive funnels to say the least, their grandeur would announce that the SS United States has arrived!
The ships builders plate taken quite a long time ago!
For the more mature ones of us, we will well remember that the mighty SS United States departed on her maiden voyage on July 3, 1952 and she rapidly became one of the most sought after liners. Over the years she carried countless famous people, from Royalty, Heirs, Millionaires, the famous and great Movie, Opera and other famed Singing stars. However, her claim to fame is that she is the worlds fastest passenger liner!
During her trials she achieved a massive top speed of 38 knots. She departed on her maiden Atlantic crossing in July 1952, completing it in just 3 days, 10 hours and 40 minutes (From Ambrose Lighthouse to Bishops Rock), thus beating Queen Marys previous Eastbound record by 10 hours, after which she broke the Westbound record of 3 days, 19 hours and 20 minutes, giving her an average speed of over 34 knots.
SS United States is seen during her being officially named on June 23, 1951
On her maiden voyage
Obviously, her weight was lessened as her complete superstructure and her mighty funnels were made of aluminium alloy. In order to make her completely fireproof William Gibbs even ordered Steinways to build aluminium grand pianos. But Steinway obviously refused to do so. Thus as far as we know, the only timber onboard the ship were the pianos and the butcher blocks used in the kitchen, everything else being steel and aluminium. For her day she even featured telephones in every single cabin. For passenger pleasure she offered an indoor swimming pool, a gymnasium, but she had two Turkish baths and two theatres.
Right from the
beginning she was one of the most popular liners plying the
But in 1968 the great
SS United States was sold to the Walter Kidde &
Company. But unfortunately the holding company believed that
she had become obsolete and simply far too costly to operate
mostly due to high labour costs. Thus, sadly her days were
numbered especially as in 1969 the
The great ship, she
was and always will be, remained in lay up condition until 1992.
Although there had been a number of failed attempts to obtain her
and return her to service, or preserve her as a maritime museum.
In due time, she was towed across the Atlantic to
rather sad looking SS United States seen in
Photograph by & © Dominique-Reer
She was sold to the famed Edward A. Cantor who was a real estate developer, however he died in 2002, and his son took her over, but her really had no interest in the ship, thus the fate of the SS United States became an unknown factor.
Next came a period, I would love to forget, as an Asian Casino/Cruise consortium obtained her and retained her for the most dubious, if not evil of reasons, and finally having obtained from the US Government what they wanted, they got rid of her as she (and another ship the SS Independence) had become a burden to them, and sold her thankfully to the SS United States Conservancy, rather than to the breakers!
The SS United States then owner (I prefer not to name this company) commenced to search for a buyer sometimes in 2009. Why, well it was costing them around US$800,000 per year just to keep this rusting away dockside, a ship they ever intended to use, except to use as a means of obtaining an American flagged cruise company! Not wishing to repeat the massive anti company publicity they had received from this Campaign for many years for their disgraceful handling of their previous two ships: 1. The SS Norway: 2. The disgraceful demise of the SS Independence, they were forced to reject a US$5.9 million dollar offer from the breakers, which they would have much preferred.
However they agreed to sell the SS United States Conservancy for just US$3 million. You may ask WHY? The truth is that this company simply could not afford any further bad publicity and they just had to get out of the news and continue with their cruise line which by now had been partially taken over and the CEO dropped!
The SS United States Conservancy was able to obtain the ship mainly due to the great generosity of Philadelphia-based philanthropist Mr. H.F. (Gerry) Lenfest. The Conservancy took possession of the SS United States on February 1, 2011. It is important to note that this Mr. Lenfests donation and those of so many others who have so generously given, the Conservancy was not only able to purchase the ship but in this way able to buy time to locate suitable developer/s and a permanent home for this great liner!
image was provided by SS ,
but Photograph taken by Greg Shutters
, but Photograph taken by Greg Shutters
In addition to being a Plank Owner - Now I also own another part of the ship IT is NEW
Click the LOGO above to ENTER
In fact I now own 100 Sq inches on the starboard side of her aft funnel, and yes you are more than welcome to join me on the funnel from just a few dollars donation.
Thus, if you wish to join me and assist in saving this Great Ship, just click the LOGO above and wait for the interactive page to load, and you can donate for parts of the ship, which will carry your name forever and will be permanently listed! When the page opens, it will eventually take you to the very space on the funnel where I have my 100 Square inches and you can add whatever number of square inches you may wish to obtain! I would love to see you join me, and if you do, please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What a GREAT way to assist this GREAT SHIP!
image was provided by SS
And let me tell you
right now, that without YOU the reader and our many and so
many other supporters worldwide, there would be no future
And let me tell you right now, that without YOU the reader and our many and so many other supporters worldwide, there would be no future for theSS United States at all, for I am well aware that so many of you have already joined the Conservancy, or have donated in one way or another, and I thank you for that!
BUT, IF YOU HAVE NOT AS YET, PLEASE GO TO THEIR WEBSITE ASP - AND GIVE!
BUT NOW, there is an S.O.S. call out, as YOUR URGENT HELP IS REQUIRED!
Click the image above for the SOS donation page
not become a friend of the SS
An Associate US$100, Benefactor US$250, or a Champion US$500
Or one of the other levels But every single dollar counts!
There is a great
future awaiting the
There is a great future awaiting theSS United States, just look at one of the superb possibilities, a wonderful maritime museum, with interactive panels, a theatre, featuring the SS United States and other great American and great ships of note! A hotel, tourist and conference centre, etc, with so much more opportunities that this great ship is able to offer!
And Remember, you can have a part of that great FUTURE!
The above and museum images below have been provided by the SS United States Conservancy for which we are most grateful!
Above we see one of the suggested exterior possibilities for the SS United States future use, it stands to reason that she, as well as shore side, there will be substantial SS United States and maritime museum, as well as many other relevant features. Other intended projects may well include a well known Hotel chain, conference centre, restaurants, cafes and other tourist facilities!
You can help to make this a reality!
ashore with the ship seen through the window
Museum ashore with the ship seen through the window
Discover the original plans and how they were drawn up?
Walk and relax on the Promenade Deck, just like the great old days!
Discover and view the engine room via a special viewing deck and large screen
To make all this become a reality support the
ssMaritime.com & savetheclassicliners.com fully supports the SS United States Conservancy
And we ask that you donate TODAY and be PART in saving this great American Liner the SS United States.
Remembering, the Great Dame and the Way She Was
great SS United States seen at
This is a wonderful photograph I have had in my collection since I was just a shipping agent and one I greatly love!
MV Saga Ruby to be Retired in January 2014
She was built as the wonderful Swedish MS Vistafjord
This elegant and sleek looking cruise ship, the Saga Ruby, ex Vistafjord with 661 berths was constructed in 1973 in Newcastle upon Tyne, bust she will commence her very last 32 day Farewell Cruise next year on December 7, 2013 after more than four million nautical miles at sea.
Robin Shaw, the CEO of Saga Cruises, said the ship was being retired due to its advancing age. Saga Ruby has delighted cruise goers for some 40 years, but operating a ship of this age to meet the exacting standards we and others set is becoming an increasing challenge, he said. We have therefore decided that she should be gracefully retired in 18 months.
He added that MV Quest for Adventure, one of the companys two remaining cruise ships, will assume its previous name, being the MV Saga Pearl II, from 2014, and will no longer sail her previous adventure voyages. The company has hinted recently about their plans to expand the Saga fleet in due course.
MV Saga Ruby scheduled - 31 day Farewell Cruise:
With Saga Ruby sailing days ended, she will to be sold early in 2014, and her estimated selling price is mentioned below.
It would be wonderful to see this ship saved, for she is the very last of the superbly British built passenger ships and her long success sailing the seas of the world is proof of her the sheer excellence of construction and engineering! In addition she has some of the finest lines that a ship could possibly have and she is admired by all who see her around the globe! Internally she remains in perfect shape and she would be more than suitable as a luxury hotel in any part of the world.
If you have any interest in her, please email me at: email@example.com, or if you are a genuine buyer please contact Richard at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For interest I have been told that she may be on offer for US$16 million, but that may not necessarily be the price she will be sold for! Richard is the best man for that job as he is the ultimate expert. Please do NOT waste Richards time with simple or basic questions, it is best to ask me. For Richard is for genuine buyers only!
SS Rotterdam V
Has been sold BUT?
superb photograph of the SS Rotterdam V, now a hotel in the city
where she was built and would depart for
Photograph © by Philippe Pierre Brebant
2 November, 2012: The superbly
On Friday October 26, the ships owners being
the accommodation corporation Woonbron sold
With the acquisition of the SS Rotterdam
WestCord will now have a total of 15 hotels throughout the
Besides WestCord, there was also great interest
There is one other factor that will come into play for her future. As she will be in the hands of a solid and safe Hotel company, for I am very happy to say that WestCord Hotels will manage the Hotel De Rotterdam in a far superior manner than her previous owner, for ever since she was opened to the public as a hotel I have, which is very sad to say, received countless complaints from those who stayed on her and visited her from around the world. The vast majority made a very similar statement, which said that they felt that the ship was geared only to the Dutch public and English on board, was very poor to just bad and that so many venues were closed most of the time.
In addition, for ship lovers who travelled
Below is our previous report, which is no longer valid, but I will leave it for the record!
September 2, 2012: I have been
advised that it is now very likely that SS Rotterdam will be
purchased by a certain Omani business interest for her to be used
assumingly as a luxury hotel. However, considering the massive
amount of work that has been put into her by both me and the
Dutch Rotterdam group working to save her and see her back in
De Rotterdam seen at her special berth at her homeport the City
Enter the SS Rotterdam V multi page feature
MV Queen Elizabeth2
Photograph Copyright © Reuben Goossens
Finally the fate of the Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2)
However, all that has now changed, and the following guarantees have been given by Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, the chairman of DP World and the head of its investment arm Istithmar who paid US$100 million for the QE2 in 2007;
1 Preserve her tradition. Meaning retaining her externals as is! Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem said, So we have decided to leave her basic design as it is. We will preserve her tradition. What we are doing today is what we should have done when we first bought her.
2 Her interiors including her furnishings are perfectly preserved and it looks as new, as there has been a maintenance crew on board at all times. Most of her cabins will be rebuilt, turning them into superior hotel style rooms, whilst all deluxe suites and other superior large rooms will be totally upgraded and enlarged where needed.
3 The announcement came after a two-year audit of the ship, which pronounced her in a remarkable condition. In addition, there are three main hotel groups, including Jumeirah that have been consulted about running Hotel QE2 and the good news is that all are interested, said Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem.
What will be special is that being the new centrepiece at the Ports Rashid Cruise Terminal, the QE2 will have the United Arab Emirates coastal shipping trade for company, that is until the new terminal is completed right next her, which should be within the next two years, if not a little sooner, and then all modern cruise ships will berth there and passengers will be able to see what a real classic ship looked like!
Personally I am delighted with the outcome and hope that there will be no changes, for obviously this is far better than the previous idea of having her located at some upmarket high-rise housing estate.
For ongoing QE2 NEWS Updates, visit www.theqe2story.com
Please click the above Image to enter the page that contains FULL DETAILS!
I am in full contact with the QE2s owners and will continue to keep all my readers up to date with the QE2s movements and her details as I receive them. I will place all the latest news on the new Hotel QE2 page online. After you have visited it for the first time, may I suggest that you either save this, my Main-Page in your Favourites or the actual!
I am sure that all those who love the Grande Dame will be filled with joy with the latest news!
In July 2007 the QE2 was sold to Istithmar being the investment arm of Dubai World a wholly owned company of the Government of Dubai. However she would be taken over by Nakheel, also a Dubai World company would redevelop her and construct the new islands being built known as the Palm Jumeirah where she was going to be berthed to become a major luxury hotel. Istithmar paid and estimate £65 million (British Pounds) for the QE2.
Having completed her final official cruise, the
QE2 departed Southampton for the very last time on November 11,
2008, and she began her farewell voyage to
It was a fitting welcome and her future seemed
assured, however things was not as it seemed for the financial
crisis of 2008 caused Dubai to have a financial freefall and the
wealthiest of its citizens escaped the country, even leaving
their Mercedes and BMWs and super luxury cars at the
airport as they escaped the financiers who were about to pounce
on them, for most emptied their accounts and run. This disaster
also left the QE2 high and dry and although she was reregistered
Today her future is unsure and when I visited
the ship a company insider told me that they doubted that she
will ever become a hotel, for the company had suffered far too
greatly. Although, the country did receive moneys from the
outside to revive its tourism industry and attempt to restore
some pride, but to date numbers remain way down. In reality
The truth is that QE2s future will most likely be a rapid and a secret sale to the breakers, and it will come so swiftly that we will be totally unprepared, and that is my greatest fear! Please stay alert and if you hear anything let me know!
QE2 sailed an amazing 5.6 million nautical miles, that's more than any other ship ever I know about, in other words that is like travelling to the moon and back 13 times. She has accommodated approximately 2.5 million guests and completed 802 Atlantic crossings and 24 full world cruises, thus some 1,438 voyages. That is an excellent record indeed!
A close up of a clean looking ship as she had recently been repainted
1964 - Cunard signs a contract to build the ship with John Brown Shipyard Clydebank, Scotland.
1967 - September 20 the ship was launched by
1968 QE2 undertakes her deep sea trails; the first was on November 26 to 29, and the second, December 17 to 19.
1968 - QE2 departs on her maiden voyage, being
a cruise from Greenock to the
1969 - After renewed trails on April 1 to 8, Cunard takes delivery of the QE2 on April 18 for the second time.
1969 - On May 2 the QE2 commences her maiden
voyage from Southampton to
1970 - She crosses the Atlantic Westbound in record time of just three days, 20 hours and 42 minutes.
1972 - QE2 undergoes a refit and rebuilding as penthouses added to the top of the ship, altering her external appearance. Accommodating 604 First, 1,223 Tourist, and 1,740 one class when cruising.
1975 - QE2 departs from
1982 - The QE2 was requisitioned by the British
government as troopship to operate in Falklands Islands Campaign.
She carried 3,000 troops and 650 volunteer crew to the
1987 In October the
1988 A new look MV Queen Elizabeth 2 complete with a new and far superior funnel and far more economic and faster that before, she returned to service and gained even more popularity on the Atlantic service.
1995 - QE2 leaves
1996 - During her twentieth around the world cruise the QE2 passed her four millionth mile mark, and amazing feat, but there was more to come!
1998 - South African President Nelson Mandela
sails on the QE2 from
2002 - QE2 passes five million miles - a world first.
2004 - The QE2 was considered as being one of
the last of the great Trans Atlantic liners, for there has not
been any true liners since. Although, they pretend that the Queen
Mary 2 is a liner, but she certainly is not and neither was the
QE 2 in her latter years, for both were then cruise ships.
Although QE2 was built as a liner that would also operate
cruises, but her main function was to be a liner; that means line
voyages from the
2005 - The QE2 becomes the longest serving Cunard ship ever, surpassing the RMS Aquitania's 35 years.
2008 November 11
2009 September 21. The author saw and
photographed the QE2 today whilst on a around the world cruise on
2010 January 29. QE2 broke loose from her moorings during a storm and was only just saved from destruction by two brilliant pilots.
2012 July, 03. Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem announced that a decision has been made to retain the ships exterior in her classic and traditional shape, and install 300 rooms and use her as a hotel at the new Port Rashid International Cruise Terminal within several years! Sultan Sulayem said: So we have decided to leave her basic design as it is. We will preserve her tradition. What we are doing today is what we should have done when we first bought her. And I agree with him, they should have and she would have been operational by now!
Three Special Vessels worth keeping in mind
The remarkable 1963 built - MV Cape Don
Like the famed historic Sydney Harbour ferry, the MS Baragoola, which I strongly support in saving and preserving, and I am now adding the delightful 1963 built MV Cape Don, which is a unique all Australian vessel that should, and must be retained at all costs! However she is a genuine ship that has sailed great distances and has a fine history. It is worth reading her story via the link below! But we need your support NOW!
Enter my NEW MV Cape Don feature
Originally built as a Steamer but converted into a Motor Vessel between 1958-61
I am well aware that the MV Baragoola may not
fit my criteria as a classic liner, however, I
believe with all my heart that this superb historic 1922 built
I am well aware that the MV Baragoola may not
fit my criteria as a classic liner, however, I
believe with all my heart that this superb historic 1922 built
When the superbly built SS Baragoola was built back in 1922, there was no Coat-hanger or better known to the world as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, or one of the best known structures known to man, the Sydney Opera House with its grand sails sitting on Bennelong Point, but she did eventfully sail under the Bridge and past the completed Opera House, but then she had become the MV Baragoola! Her interiors are of beautiful timbers and her owners intend preserving her in all her glory. Thus I recommend that All Australian and genuine lovers of fine vessels of this kind come aboard!
Enter theMV Baragoola multiple page feature
in 1977 Earl Siward, in 1982
The TSS Dover, was later renamed; Earl Siward, Sol Express but currently she is the Tuxedo Royale, is a British built twin screw turbine steamship and she was built in 1965 as a stern loading roll-on/roll-off (RORO) ferry, but she spent a great deal of her final years as a permanently berthed floating nightclub before closing down and since then she has been laid up on the River Tees in Middlesbrough. However, thankfully there is considerable interest in this fine classic ferry to preserve her, as she was also the very last steamship to be ordered by British Rail. A viable conservation plan is at hand with an excellent organisation having been set up, being the Dover Steamship Company, which ssMaritime, and the Save The Classic Liners Campaign fully supports and I trust that my readers will also support this work and go and visit their site and join this good work!
Read the Chairmans News letters, which are available on their own site and this is located on my TSS Dover feature!
Enter theTSS Dover feature
She is berthed in Rotterdam the Netherlands
The author commenced his original Save
the SS Rotterdam Campaign in 1997, when I heard that
Carnival (HAL) had intentions of disposing of the superb SS
Rotterdam, but, suddenly they sold her to Premier Cruises and she
However, it was at midnight on September, 13,
2000, when the terrible news was made official and
Rembrandts captain was ordered to go to
SS Rotterdam has been superbly restored to her original 1958 beautiful self and is now open to the public
Serving as a fine Hotel, restaurant, food and conference venue and tourist centre
This Dutch ex Trans-Atlantic liner was known as
the The Grande Dame was launched by
Visit the English version of the SS ROTTERDAM Website
to become: MV Sea Princess 19781995,
Mona Lisa 20022007, Oceanic II 20072008, Mona Lisa 2008 2010
Floating Hotel Veronica 2011
Although seen as built, MS Kungsholm is seen here under the ownership of Flagship Cruises in 1976
unknown *See Photo notes at bottom of the page
Photographer unknown *See Photo notes at bottom of the page
MS Kungsholm was built in 1966 by the John
Brown & Company shipyard in
Many of my readers will be aware that
December 2012: Recent news has reached me that the Veronica is up for sale once again, although I have not been able to verify this at the moment.
MS Kungsholm/Mona Lisa now Hotel Veronica. But is she for sale again????
November 25, 2011: The "
Within a few months, she will be opened as a hotel ship, but as she has been given a new name, she will be known as the Veronica. Thus with her new role as a luxury hotel, thankfully this once great ship the MS Kungsholm will be with us for many years in the future. And as she is fully operational, and can sail under her own power, but without passengers, thus technically she does not require SOLAS certification, but will need official clearance to sail, al later she may well become available to other interested parties in other lands as a hotel ship should the need arise.
Veronica the new Hotel Ship for
Visit her new feature online: http://www.veronicaduqm.com
Make sure you visit the photo page and note the superb facilities!
June 2011: The Famous MS
Kungsholm, currently the
Mono Lisa is seen here whilst in
April 2011: Finally it has been
revealed that this fine classic ship was been sold for an
estimated US$30 million to a group of (Royal) investors in
We must all give credit to this remarkable man,
as he has done a sterling job, which has not only has cost him a
great deal of time and effort but also heaps of money, etc! As
all my readers will well know how I would be feeling in his
situation, as I have gone through the very same thing a number of
times, as I have seen the loss of some magnificent ships,
although at this time it does seem that the MS Mona Lisa will
live on for some time yet. But congratulations Lars, you did do a
superb job and had it not be for the city of Stockholm, who was
rather hot and cold on so many occasions you would have had a
wonderful piece of maritime history and a superb hotel and
tourist attraction right there in your city, just like the SS
Rotterdam in the great harbour of Rotterdam Holland who took the
chance and she is a huge success! But how sad that the city of
July 27, 2010: The following is
the latest news item taken from www.salship.se/news.asp
the City of
Although this seems to be a change of heart by the authorities, lets hope that something will come from it and that Mona Lisas owner is willing to wait, before they will sell her as her owners has placed her on the market.
July 24, 2010: Shame on him
who gives up! On Saturday (today) the Mona Lisa arrived in
Photograph by and © 2010 Lars Hemingstam - www.salship.se/news.asp
June 13, 2010: There are many who love the beautiful MS Kungsholm, as well as this ship in her various guises, but I am sure that the current news will make supporters of the ongoing Swedish campaign very sad, for all their hard fought plans have come to an end due to the same problems encountered in Germany for the T/S Hamburg (Maxim Gorkiy) as well as other ships I the past. Sadly once again stupid Politicians would not permit her a berth in Sweden and see one of the last great Swedish liners restored to her original great self, complete with her two funnels and have her restored in a similar fashion as the Holland America Line liner SS Rotterdam has been, a ship that has been successfully opened as a hotel in her homeport earlier this year!
MS Mona Lisa as she was as the Mona Lisa
Visit my NEW MS Kungsholm IV Feature
Also visit: www.salship.se/kung.asp
The Worlds Oldest Passenger ship!
Medina (1914-1948) was sold and renamed:
MS Franca C (1952-1977) - MV Doulos - (1977-2010)
Doulos Phos as seen in
Photograph was taken by and is © Copyright 2012 - Peter Knego MarritimeMatters
Used with permission
Peter Knego, who I consider as a dear friend,
spent a day onboard the MV Doulos Phos whilst he was in
As this elegant vintage lady of the sea gracefully slipped past the Sydney Opera House and gently sailed past the Sydney Opera House, manoeuvring herself into Circular Quay and alongside the International Passenger Terminal at Circular Quay where she remained berthed until July 26. I boarded her the next day officially and remained her much until she sailed.
I again was fortunate to spend time on her in
I am most grateful to Peter Knego for allowing
me to use the photograph above and for further excellent reading
and further images of her as she is currently, located in
August 18, 2010: Hotel, Restaurants & Museum plans announced!
I have just received an updated report from
dear friend and brother, Mr. Eric Saw of BizNaz Resources
International Pte Ltd, in
Photographer unknown - *Please see photo notes at bottom of page
Two decks (A and Main) have allocated for the
hotel side of Doulos Phos, in addition there will be two large
(approx 250 seat) restaurants, with one located on Promenade Deck
(the original dinning room) with the second up on Boat Deck aft,
which will be newly built. Other amenities and facilities will
include a Deli/Cafe, a Wine and Juice Bar, as well as a proposed
Amphitheatre with an estimated 50 to 70 seats that will be
located at the Forecastle for open air talks and concerts, etc.
In addition there will be a Bookshop, a Banquet Hall for
seminars, corporate dinners and weddings etc. There will be
Meeting Rooms available, and there will be a non denominational
Thus, there will be great things happening to one of the most amazing ships afloat today, and I trust that all lovers of classic ships will support Mr Saw, and place Singapore on the MUST visit list in the future, and if you feel inclined to make a donation, please do so Contact me for details!
Recently it was this Campaign that was involved and saved a number of ships from the breakers, but most notably for the author was the 95 year old MV Doulos, built in 1914 as the SS Medina, later the passenger liner SS Roma, then the Costa Line liner, which soon became the luxury cruise ship MS Franca C, to be sold in 1977 to a well known Christian organisation GBA Ships (Gutte Buche fur Alle or Good Books for All), however the Ministry that actually operates the ship is OM Ships International. Thus these two organisations work closely together.
The Doulos has been used as a Christian
outreach vessel and has become a well know floating bookshop
visiting hundreds of countries around the world! Sadly die to
repairs that would be needed and due to prohibitive costs to keep
her operational - MV Doulos was officially decommissioned on
December 31, 2009, which was a great sadness to all who were on
board and past Douloids, as well as long time supporters,
including the author, who did originally make the suggestion to
OM Ships a certain possibility, which was explored and it worked
with the Maltese authorities, which would see a way to have kept
her sailing until 2014. However, when Doulos was in dry-dock in
Although having certain very good Christian
buyers on the books, the ships owners, OM Ships, based in
The Directors have renamed the ship
During the process of OM Ships attempt to sell
the Doulos I was in contact with all three prospective buyers.
These being: 1. Dr. David Reddy of Ships Ministry
in South Africa, 2. Mr Eric Saw and family of BizNaz
Resources International Pte Ltd, who have obviously succeeded
in the end; and 3. My good Korean friend, Dr. Daniel Chae
PhD, who was the past Managing Director of the Doulos. I
Doulos is seen berthed in
Photographed by and © copyright 2010 Stewart Mandy
I fully believe that the rescue of the Doulos
from the breakers hands, is without doubt one of my finest
victories, as this is the worlds oldest motor ship, and she
is technically still fully operational, although she will now be
permanently berthed in Singapore
I fully believe that the rescue of the Doulos from the breakers hands, is without doubt one of my finest victories, as this is the worlds oldest motor ship, and she is technically still fully operational, although she will now be permanently berthed in Singapore.
Many of her features date back to 1914, such as her Bridge and many other interesting items! This ship is one of a kind and she was built just two years after the ill-fated Titanic!
I certainly trust that the Doulos Phos
will have a long and prosperous life in
I hereby request that all my readers support the Saw family of BizNaz Resources in order that the historic Doulos Phos, the Servant LIGHT may be fully restored to her former glory and open as a delightful Hotel, and a Maritime Museum that will feature all the ships various incarnations, from the days of the SS Medina, SS Roma, MS Franca C, MV Doulos and Doulos Phos!
Read my extensive MV Doulos - A Ship Like No Other Online Book
Built as the SS Bore
She has been Savedand renamed Bore again!
Kristina Regina, ex SS Bore, was photographed by the author in
Photograph by & copyright © 2009 Reuben Goossens
The classic cruise ship the MS Kristina Regina was saved from the breakers and having been refitted she is now located in Turku Finland where she is permanently moored in the river Aura and her original name Bore has been restored to her. She has been converted into a Hotel ship and a Museum. Thankfully the Bore has been painted once again in her original buff hull, including the yellow funnel green and white bands (see image below), etc, which is great news!
She is seen here as the Bore as built
Official postcard authors private collection
we see the Bore at
Photo from an unknown source - * See photo notes at the bottom of page
Although the item below is now out of date, but it is still interesting!
Below is the original official news
item that was sent to me from Finland, which was kindly
translated from the Web on www.ts.fi/online/kotimaa/149501.html
into English by past SS Bore passenger and ship lover, Simo Vihjanen.
Thank you, it is greatly appreciated! This is obviously big news
in Scandinavia, especially in
Regina becoming a museum ship in
ship was originally built for the route between
plan at the moment is to place her between
The ship will be handed over to the new owner in the beginning of September. The hotel will open in September, too. There will be a restaurant on board.
ship is in good shape. Its has made a number of voyages to
different parts of
this moment, the
The ship served Kristina Cruises Company for over 20 years. According to the company she has visited 216 harbours in 40 different countries.
Another fine ship has been saved for the future for the younger generations to value and enjoy the great shipbuilding days of yesteryear!
Kristina Regina seen from the decks of the
night world cruise Sydney/Sydney/Brisbane seen at
In this image the addition of her aft extension is clearly visible
Photograph by & copyright © 2009 Reuben Goossens
Enter the SS Bore / MS Kristina Regina feature
ssMaritime.com & ssMaritime.net
the ships of the past make history & the 1914 built
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