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Having been in the passenger shipping industry for a good fifty-five years working from an office boy with a major shipping company, to later becoming an agent selling berths on ships to and from the UK and European ports, as well other ports on the way. In due course I managed a major Passenger Shipping Company and operated a successful Cruise Company in the 1970’s, it stands to reason that my love for classic and traditional passenger liners/cruise ships is obvious!

Personally it has been my good fortune to have been directly involved in saving worthwhile passenger ships since 1990, but have done so officially online since 1995! The best known is one I was so closely involved with being the great Dutch Liner SS Rotterdam, which is now a wonderful Hotel in her homeport of Rotterdam, Holland! As well having been mostly responsible for saving the now 101-year-old MV Doulos! However, sadly there have been far too many tragedies with some amazing ships lost, but there have also been some wonderful and sweet victories! But, this is not the time to sing praises for there are a few great classic liners left that are worth saving and thus this page being continued as a means of keeping you in the loop!

However, let me first advise you; although I am technically no longer involved in the actual saving of any of these wonderful ships, I now have to leave that job to others who I hope some are well trained and qualified individuals and organisations or owners who will be able to do this very difficult work. However, they will need your assistance! Therefore, this page is to keep you informed and reach out to those who may be able to assist in a greater way, as I have experienced in the past. Therefore I sincerely ask you with all my heart to continue to assist them through every possible means to save some of these fine and much loved classic liners and yes, even some of the lesser-known ships.

Of course there is the great SS United States that has already been purchased, but it requires our help for her to be fully restored to her former glory and you are greatly needed for this. Everything is fully explained by SS United States Conservancy. Of course there is the now rather tragic MV Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) that is now in a dead ship state in Dubai and is deteriorating badly and nobody knows what her future will be! In additions there is news about a number of other wonderful ships that may have already found a new home, including a ship I saved being my greatly loved and the worlds oldest passenger ship in existence, the 101 year old MV Doulos that is currently being converted into a hotel!

Thus, come aboard and support the very special work that is still being done by many good people and feel good knowing that you will have done your something special, for doing something in assisting in saving a part of great maritime history that will last long into the future as it will be for your children’s children to see what a genuine, or a real ship actually looks like, rather than those massive boxlike floating fun park resort cruise ships!

I sincerely thank all my wonderful readers and supporters for the many years that you have returned again and again, for amazingly the ssmaritime/savetheclassicliners pages have received well over 507.6 million readers and that is an amazing feat indeed! Thus, I wish to thank all my supporters for I am most touched by your kindnesses, especially for the countless emails of support over the recent years during my poor health!

Reuben Goossens.

Maritime Historian, Author & Lecturer.


Two Special News Updates:

The End has come for the wonderful MS Kungsholm IV / Veronica:

The great MV Kungsholm, Sea Princess, Victoria, Mona Lisa, Oceanic II, Mona Lisa & Hotel Veronica closed operations in October 2013, and after a two year lay up, she was sadly sold to the Indian ship breakers in October 2015 for US$20 to 23 million.

Update - November 16, 2015: The Veronica departed her berth under-tow of the tug ‘Kamarina’ and she reached the Alang area on November 13, 2015 and anchored north-east of the breakers beach. I have been told that her owner is still looking for new investors to save the ship.

The superbly designed MS Kungsholm IV seen during her Sea Trials with the RMS Queen Elizabeth passing her on her starboard side

Tragically it was just 12 years after she was completed P&O Princes rebuilt her and this sleek & elegant ship was destroyed into an

ugly duckling, her only saving grace was that much of her interior fitting were retained, but her sheer beauty had gone!



Please Note: The SS United States has again been saved at the end or October and please support her now with a donation!

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Ships on this Page

MV Doulos, SS United States, MV Queen Elizabeth 2,

SS Keewatin, TS Queen Mary, MV Baragoola, MV Cape Don.


MV Doulos

“A Ship Like no Other”

SS Medina (1914-1948) was sold and renamed: SS Roma (1948-1952)

MS Franca C (1952-1977) - MV Doulos - (1977-2010)

Doulos Phos – (2010 - ) she is will be permanently located in Bintan Island

This “Grand Old Dame of the Sea” became 101 Years of Age on August 22, 2015


The Doulos Phos is seen at the ASL Shipyard’s in Batam on December 1, 2013

Photograph provided with thanks by Mr. Evan Jones, ASL Marine Group, Batam

--Doulos Updates

NEW … October/November 2015 Updates & Photo

Is below the Introduction!


For her complete story and history with hundreds of photographs covering the years 1914 to 2010 as well as various Deck Plans considering the ship underwent her changes I suggest that you head for my online Book … MV Doulos - “A Ship Like no Other at:

After her long 95 years career during her regular safety inspection whilst she was in Singapore, it was decided that due to various problems that she would not be able to pass the safety inspections whilst she was in Drydock in Singapore late in 2009. Sadly I had been expecting it as I knew well some of the problems that had long been hidden by OM and thus due to the loss of certification her owners put her up for sale.

It was some time before this occurred when I had commenced the “Save the MV Doulos Campaign.” I was excited during the period when her owners OM (Operation Mobilisation in Germany) were in a period of deep thought due to some dispute that I contacted one of my three main contacts I had been working with, being Mr. Eric Saw of Singapore and advised him to “make another offer now” and that “OM would except his offer.” I knew with absolute assurance that they would accept his offer! Mr. Saw had made an earlier offer, which had been rejected by OM, but thankfully all that is history!

The idea for the Singaporean connection was to turn the Doulos into a tourist facility and have the ship berthed somewhere in Singapore for their group already had another tourist vessel berthed there. They intend to renamed her Doulos Phos meaning “Servant Light.” Thus as the ships was already named Doulos being Servant in Greek, they will add another Greek word Phos meaning Light.”

Sadly, at first the ex MV Doulos remained berthed in Singapore for a considerable time and I had begun what was happening, for I knew that the right man and organisation obtained the ship. Mr. Eric Saw is the Director and Chief Executive of BizNaz Resources International Pte Ltd in Singapore and I had all faith in this fine man and his wonderful family! I am aware that originally the Singapore Government was not exactly playing ball for no berth would be allocated for the Doulos. But the story commences from here, thus keep on reading as she is indeed the Miracle Ship.”

However a change of came into the heart of the Indonesian Authorities came good, and they gave permission for the Doulos to be berthed at the popular Tourist Resort Island of Bintan. In light of this, in September 2013 the Doulos Phos was towed from Singapore to ASL Shipyards at Batam Indonesia where she will be stripped and then be comprehensively refurbished, but her refurbishment will take a considerable time if not years!


Doulos Phos News Updates from Mr Eric Saw & Other Sources :

Please Note: The updates from Mr Eric Saw seen below have been somewhat edited for readability sake as emails received were written more on a personal basis.

October 30, 2015: The latest news is that the Doulos Phos has moved from ASL Shipyard’s located on the Island of Batam to her new permanent home near the Island of Bintan. She will be located next to the Bintan’s Bandar Bentan Telani Ferry Terminal as this Island is a very popular resort region for people of Singapore, considering that a journey from Singapore to Bintan per fast takes just one hour on a modern fast ferry!

Doulos Phos is seen just off Bintan Island

Commencing during the weekend at the end of October 31, 2015, the process of hauling Doulos Phos onto a large outcrop of reclaimed land close to the ferry terminal has began. I have been advised that great big winches with cables attached to the ship, which will see her slowly slide up on the prepared area and then on top of industrial-strength airbags.

The entire works is professionally managed and the Doulos Phos is expected to be located in her final position in around two weeks from now, meaning October 15, I hope!

As we know that she has been at the Batam yards for some time, for there she has undergone most extensive internal structural work that needed to be carried out before she could be moved to Bintan. However, once she is in place and settled, then a refurbishment can take place in order to provide 100 boutique hotel rooms.

A Reminder of the ships Background:

The Doulos Phos was built in 1914 by the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company for the American “Mallory Steamship Company” as a general cargo ship, the SS Medina. She operated along the East Coast to the Gulf of Mexico.

She served in the two World Wars and came out unscathed, but after World War II, she was sold to an Italian company to become a migrant and a pilgrim ship for Holy Years and she was extensively rebuilt and renamed SS Roma. She made one voyage filled with refugees from East Europe but when she arrived at Newcastle in Australis, the company had gone into liquidation, and she remained there until another Italian Line brought her back to Europe where she was sold at auction to Costa Lines and further rebuilt into a two class liner, the with new Fiat engines the MV Franca C. The ship gave Costa decades of dependable service, first as a transatlantic liner and then as an all First Class luxury cruise ship, which commenced the cruise industry from Port Everglades and a plaque remains there to the day to honour her!

In due course, Costa was operating larger ships and they decided to sell the grand, but little old Lady of the sea and she was obtained by a German Missionary operation. Thus in her final decades of service, the ship renamed the MV Doulos operated as Operation Mobilization’s missionary ship and a floating bookstore until she was sold in 2010 to BizNaz Resources.


September 2015: “Great developments, but as I am extremely busy with some urgent jobs at this time, I will provide you with more detailed updates soon. However, the Doulos Phos is in dry dock at this time and we are expecting to have her towed to her new home at Bintan Island on October, 2015 and that is just a matter of several weeks away.

Doulos Phos is seen in Dry Dock just Days ago in September 2015

Photograph Mr. Eric Saw Singapore

Tomorrow some 1,000 tons of heavy equipment will be barged over from Singapore to Bintan to prepare the “slipway” on which she will be pulled up onto land as she will as you know be land locked, which will ensure the old ladies longevity!

Please pray for favourable weather as monsoon season is fast approaching. The up-slipping operation will possibly take around one week. Thus, please also pray for safe operations as this is the most complicated part of the operations. Doulos Phos has to be pulled up by four winches over the specially built slipway that is around 170 meters in length and divers will need to lay underwater airbags, etc.

I will send more photographs very soon. But having just returned from Batam, and tomorrow I will be going to Bintan, thus at this time I am very busy, but there are such exciting times that lay ahead!” Eric Saw.


February 2015: “She is currently in the Batam shipyard and about April or May of this year, we hope to have her dry-docked to undergo some hull work and painting. Thereafter, we will dead-tow her to her new operating site to Bintan Island of Indonesia, being a neighbouring resort island to the east of Batam. Once she is there, we will continue with her retrofitting as well as construction of the other facilities and buildings around the landlocked ship. You see, once she is at Bintan she will be “dry-berthed”, ie pulled up on dry land, and will no longer be afloat. We feel that this is a better way to “preserve” her for many more decades. Our site will be approximately 1.4 hectares in size (14,000m2). She will be the main attraction with approximately one hundred cabins, several meeting rooms, a Club Lounge, an All-Day-Diner, and have her engine room converted into a Maritime Museum, etc. On land, there will be an Arrival Pavilion, Outdoor Dining, a Piano Bar and Restaurant, a Banquet Hall, Swimming Pool, etc. Our architects will be designing to keep her heritage; we use a phrase “the old made new” rather than “all new”. Her decks will be themed to reflect her time as Medina, Roma, Franca-C, Doulos, and of course her latest role as Doulos Phos.”


Above & below: The Doulos Phos is seen above at the ASL Shipyards Batam Indonesia in 2014

And below is a close up view of her starboard side looking towards her bow and we see that her

exteriors are suffering somewhat, however, she will be beautiful again by the time she reaches Bintan!

Photographs provided by a manager of the ASL Shipyard


2014 & 2015 Updates from Mr. Eric Saw:

November 7, 2014: “We are fitting her out to become a 5-Star/Boutique Hotel standard and there will be an all-day-Diner, Library, Meeting Rooms etc. The Engine Room and related areas will be conserved as a Maritime Museum. Ashore there will be a swimming pool, a Piano Lounge cum Restaurant, a large Banquet hall etc.

We are hoping that we able open by Christmas 2015, but at the moment this may be a bit tight. Therefore, it may be sometime between end of next year or the first quarter of 2016 when the Doulos Phos commences her new chapter!

Whilst there have been delays, we are thankful that doors have opened the beautiful site on Bintan Island, for ite will be will be the new home of the “100 year Grand Old Lady.”


August 18, 2010: Hotel, Restaurants & Museum plans announced!

I have just received an updated report from my dear friend and brother, Mr. Eric Saw of “BizNaz Resources International Pte Ltd,” in Singapore in regard Doulos Phos, ex Doulos, he and his family company purchased her in March and Mr Saw advises me that she is currently berthed at a Singapore shipyard. However plans are on the way for her “new clothes” and her conversion for her role in due course.

MV Doulos Phos as seen in Singapore on November 14, 2012

Photograph was taken by and is Copyright 2012 - Peter Knego – MarritimeMatters

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 Bible School on board. However, the aforementioned are subject to alteration.

The Maritime Museum will offer escorted tours that will include the Bridge and the Engine Room; the tour will be followed by an audio-visual show complete with a Q&A session upon completion of the tour. The ship will feature various decor changes around the ship in order to capture the different time zones of her history, from the days of SS Medina (1914) to the SS Roma (1950), MS Franca C (1960’s), MV Doulos (1990’s) and finally to the new and refreshed Doulos Phos.

Re Photograph above by Mr. Peter Knego, who I consider as a dear friend, spent a day onboard the MV Doulos Phos whilst he was in Singapore on assignment. Thus on November 14, 2012 he boarded her and for the first time and obviously he had a wonderful time looking around my much beloved Doulos.

I am most grateful to Peter Knego for allowing me to use the photograph above and for further excellent reading and some great images of her as she was whilst in Singapore, visit:



In Conclusion:

My greatly beloved Franca C and Doulos a ship that I have had such a close connection with since 1971, when she was still a luxury all First Class Cruise Ship the MV Franca C and then I became reacquainted with her again when she was the Book ship, MV Doulos and I again sailed on her and occupied one of her very best cabins!

Today she is 101-year old, Today in September 2015 and she is in ASL Shipyards Dry-Dock having her hull taken care of as well being repainted. Of course it is sad that she will be “dry-berthed,” which for many ship lovers may well be one of the worst outcomes and possibly not what we had hoped for! However, we will have to face reality, for the truth is that at her age and her old plates this idea may not be as bad as it seems, for it will buy this fine old ship countless decades of life! And the ex Doulos will always look very much like she always did for she has been perfectly preserved, well at least above the waterline. I am told that her interiors will be very special indeed, as a great deal of her heritage is being retained and she will have a superb maritime museum.

The popular tourist Island of Bintan not far from Singapore, but part of Indonesia, will be a great new home for the newly named Doulos Phos, and we should all remember, had it not been for the author’s rapid email to Mr. Eric Saw to “place a new bid now,” and that he “would get the ship guaranteed,” as I knew what was happening with the owners in Germany, thanks to my people (close contacts) in the office there, and I do mean senior managerial staff and thankfully Mr Saw was successful the second time around, for her was rejected by OM the first time! Just as well I had the right contacts, although I never did receive any credit, but the outcome was all-important for me!

Read my extensive MV Doulos - A Ship Like No Other Online Book



S.S. United States

Above we see the without a Doubt the Greatest American Trans-Atlantic Liner ever built - NOW Let US SAVE HER!

Dear friends, it is vital to understand that the SS United States is without doubt one of the world’s 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 builder’s plate taken quite a long time ago!

SS United States Conservancy:

We are so pleased that the previous owners made a wise decision and agreed to sell the SS United States Conservancy for just US$3 million. The 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. Lenfest’s 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!

Above image was provided by SS United States Conservancy, but Photograph taken by Greg Shutters

Besides being a “Plank Owner” I also own 100 Sq inches on the starboard side of her aft funnel, which I paid for by the means of a donation quite some time ago. There have been many various unique ways to donate and assist to save this Great Liner, and if you wish to join me in saving this Great Ship, then please click on any of her site or e “Donation” links and donate and play a part in saving this Great American Dame of the Sea! & 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.




An update on my update last October!

You will read over the years with all those millionaires and mighty men signing contracts and making plans with our beloved QE2, and combine making great and amazing promises that her engines were being made ready for her voyage to Asia and that she would sail her own power to the COSCO Shipyard in Zhoushan, in the Zhejiang Province of China, etc. But as we now know, like so many promises that have been made, regardless if they were made by those useless ones by those from Dubai or Asia, all have come to nought! And in the meantime one of the greatest ships around, the great MS Queen Elizabeth 2 engines has been dishonoured by those in Dubai by having alowed her to have had her engined shut down and she has not been maintained and thus today, she is a dead ship and is looking very much worse for wear remaining laid up in one of Dubai’s ports together with other unwanted vessels as tragically can be seen below!

Our beloved QE2 is seen straddled between two old rusting freighters and the dock in Dubai’s backwaters in September 2015

Scotland, will they be Brave? Of course many of us have heard the most recent news that there seems to be some interest by Scotland who now seems to be taking a second look at bringing the QE2 back to the Clyde for the use as a Hotel and a Tourist attraction. But has the QE2 gone downhill too far gone to be saved? But friends having been in this game for so long, I no longer believe anything until something has actually been signed and sealed, and the ship has departed for its destination and arrived! The truth is; we have heard far too many stories and promises and we certainly can no longer trust anything that said that comes from Dubai!

Reuben Goossens.

-Updated September 17, 2013-


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More on the QE2

The QE2 Story:

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 Dubai. She arrived on the evening of 26 November 26, 2008 in a flotilla of around 120 vessels that were there to greet her including the MV Dubai, being the personal yacht of Sheikh Mohammed the ruler of Dubai. QE2 was greeted with a fly-past from an Emirates A380 jet as well as a huge fireworks display, while thousands of people gathered at the Mina Rashid, waving of British and United Arab Emirates flags.

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 BMW’s 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 cheaply in Vanuatu in Port Vila in 2008, she had been well maintained by around 100 workers until recently, but most have now gone, with just a very small number remaining to keep her reasonably tidy. However reports state that she is suffering, especially in areas that are from view and behind the scenes.

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 money’s from the outside to revive its tourism industry and attempt to restore some pride, but to date numbers remain way down. In reality Dubai has little to offer as it is all show and razzmatazz, there are heaps of spectacular man made structures and they are great, but they are just building filled with very expensive ships, and Dubai is VERY expensive indeed! Then they do have some beaches, well by Australian standards these are of an extremely poor standard and rather small and with the severe heat there and no protection provided whatsoever from the blazing sun, this is what I would call the melanoma (skin cancer) capital of the Middle East! I have been throughout the Middle East and I love this region, but Dubai has little to offer, unless you like skyscrapers! I would choose countries like Oman and Egypt for they really have something to offer!

The truth is that QE2’s 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!

Interesting background on the QE2:

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!

What will be her future?

A close up of a clean looking ship as she had recently been repainted

Photograph Reuben Goossens

The Timeline of the SS/MV Queen Elizabeth 2:

1964 - Cunard signs a contract to build the ship with John Brown Shipyard Clydebank, Scotland.

1967 - September 20 the ship was launched by HRH Queen Elizabeth II.

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 Canary Islands with the author on board. Sadly the ship developed turbine troubles and she had to return to her builders.

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 New York City, officially taking four days, 16 hours and 35 minutes.

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 Southampton on her first World voyage, the first of many world cruises.

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 South Atlantic. However, she was kept well out of the way for no harm was to become her, for the ship did carry the name of Her Majesty the Queen, the Sovereign of Britain, thus she was kept far out of harm at all times, unlike the SS Canberra!

1987 – In October the SS Queen Elizabeth 2 made her final Trans Atlantic crossing from New York under steam as she was about to head to Germany where her new diesel engines were to be installed and an extensive refit and remodelling at a cost of US$162 million.

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.

1990 - Queen Elizabeth becomes the first Monarch to sail on the commercial liner with other passengers on board.

1995 - QE2 leaves New York for Southampton on her 1,000th voyage.

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 Durban to Cape Town. A year later the QE2 was treated to a multi-million dollar refurbishment which included all her public rooms as well as her cabins that needed updating.

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 UK to the USA and back. Today all ships operate short and longer cruises and they may undertake the occasional cruise from the USA to and from the UK, but that does not qualify them as being a “liner”, for the encyclopaedia clearly states that a liner must be a ship that is on a regular (constant) liner service – “line voyage”!

2005 - The QE2 becomes the longest serving Cunard ship ever, surpassing the RMS Aquitania's 35 years.

2008 – November 11 Queen Elizabeth 2 departed Southampton in the evening for Dubai UAE and she was officially retired from active Cunard service.

2009 – September 21. The author saw and photographed the QE2 today whilst on a around the world cruise on Dawn Princess and noted that she was registered in Port Vila Vanuatu.

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 ship’s 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!

2013 – July, after an Asian possibility, there are great doubts for the ship as she has no power and she will be deteriorating whilst at lay-up in Dubai!

2015 – It is sad, but she is still laid-up in a dead ship state and deteriorating day by day! Although there seems to be interest by Scotland who is now taking a second look at bringing the QE2 back to the Clyde as a Hotel and a Tourist attraction. But has she gone downhill too far gone to be saved?

The stern of the QE2 - How sad is thos photo?

QE2 in Dubai on September 21, 2009 – Note that she is registered in Port Vila

Southampton can still be seen beneath the over painting

Photograph Reuben Goossens



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TS Queen Mary 

FOTSQM Stands for: “Friends Of TS Queen Mary”

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The delightful 871 GRT (Gross Registered Ton) Triple Screw - TS Queen Mary was built by the famed Clyde shipbuilders William Denny & Bros Ltd of Dumbarton on behalf of Williamson Buchanan Steamers Ltd. She was launched by Lady Colquhoun on March 30, 1933 and this fine two-funnelled ship epitomises the legendary Clyde ship building tradition and pedigree!

But the company was contacted by 1935 in regard the great new liner the RMS Queen Mary that would be launched by Her Majesty Queen Mary, thus there was a slight name change made and she became the TS Queen Mary II, but continued her regular Clyde services.

Queen Mary II was a spacious and certainly a comfortable ship and thus well suited to the large numbers of passengers on the service. Her passenger capacity made up for a good speed of 21 knots on her trials. Being a two class ship, having Cabin Class passengers located forward as well as the top deck extending aft giving the Steerage Class passengers a share of it, and also the sheltered space below it.

TS Queen Mary Specifications:

Builder: William Denny & Bros Ltd., Dumbarton.

Yard: 1262.

Built for: Williamson Buchanan Steamers Ltd.

Engines: Triple Denny & Bros Steam Turbines.

Screws: Triple, direct drive.

Tonnage: 1933-1950 - 871 Gross Registered Tons.

. 1950-1957 - 917 GRT.

. 1957-onwards - 1,014 GRT.

Length: 252.5ft - 77m.

Beam: 35.1ft - 10.7m.

Draught: 10.1ft - 3.1m.

Speed: 19.5 knots max 21 knots.

Passengers: 2,086-day passengers.

The delightful TS Queen Mary was finally retired after an evening showboat cruise from Largs to Rothesay on September 27, 1977 after which she was laid up in the “East India Harbour” at Greenock.

I will not go into her story in relation to her being saved and restoration etc, for I will let the wonderful folk over in the UK, and a dear supporter of this Campaign who is fully involved, in fact he was influenced by “Save The Classic Liner Campaign” to do something, which is just great!

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MV Baragoola 


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 vessel, which I have supported online for quite a long time needs to be restored and retained for the future!

The SS Baragoola was the last of a series of six ferries that were designed by the Port Jackson & Manly Steamship Co. Ltd., and she was built in Australia by Mort’s Dock and Engineering Co. Ltd in Woolwich, NSW who also built her engines. Significantly the Baragoola would be the last Manly (ocean going) ferry to be constructed in Australia for the next 62 years. For interest “Baragoola” is an Aboriginal word meaning “Flood Tide.”

MV Baragoola operated her final service from Circular Quay to Manly on January 8, 1983. Being such as popular vessel there was a huge number of passengers on this her final voyage. There were so many, that there were even people standing on the roof of the promenade deck. For this being her last official voyage, a pennant bearing the name “Baragoola” streamed from her front mast and she carried on her rear mast the house flag of the Port Jackson & Manly Steamship Company. No other Manly ferry has ever received a send-off as grand as she did.

After many tough years, with possibilities that she could well be sold for scrap she was sold to a number of owners, but each failed. I commenced the “Save the Baragoola Campaign” many years ago to bring her plight to all Australians and the world! The idea has always been to point readers to her owner’s websites, especially when this fine heritage listed MV Baragoola came under the ownership of the “Baragoola Preservation Association” in May 2010 and they have been actively raising funds and have been busy restoring this superb vessel to her original condition and obviously my cause is to see this through to its completion! I am not personally interested for any gratitude, for I have not even notified the Preservation Association of my support, it comes free and with my hopes!

Reuben Goossens.

Please visit the two page SS/MV Baragoola covering her history with many photographs!



I am proud to present a very special Australian ship for preservation

MV Cape Don


Like the famed historic Sydney Harbour ferry the MS Baragoola, which I strongly support in saving and preserving, and I am also adding the delightful 1963 built MV Cape Don, which is a unique all Australian vessel that should and must be retained at all costs!

The MV Cape Don was a most unique purpose-built ship to service navigational aids (including manned lighthouses) all around Australia, thus being part of the “Commonwealth Lighthouse Service.”

Since retirement this excellent ship, the “MV Cape Don Society” is now responsible for restoring this delightful vessel and they will be setting up a museum on board to tell the story of her many years of dedicated service. I suggest that you visit my webpage on her, that has many interesting photographs of her and you will discover all her details as well as further links!


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