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A superbly built American built ship that sailed into History and she remains with us to this very day!
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“A Ship Like no Other”
From SS Medina built in 1914 to Franca C
& MV Doulos 2010 to Doulos Phos in 2015/16
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Important Notice: MV Doulos – “A Ship Like No Other” is an comprehensive historical account of an amazing ship by the ships official historian, but this is a 100% non-commercial and privately owned Website. It is not connected with any other organization and does not attempt to raise funds. In this work I make mention of past owners as well of her current owner, but the author has no direct connection with them. Although the previous owner, GBA/OM Shipping Mosbach Germany does use a great deal of the authors material in books, brochures and video being the ships historian and I have been kind enough to donate the material, but have never profited from the sale of any of these items. In addition the current owners have also been allowed to make use of material and images owned by the author, but again at a non commercial basis! Reuben Goossens.
This site deals
with one of the most a remarkable vintage ships ever built, a ship that has had
an enduring life that has not only seen her transformed from a humble
freighter, to a humble refugee ship and then into a deluxe passenger cruise
ship, that very soon be a century old. Named the SS Medina, she was built in
1914, just two years after the tragic events of the Titanic in Newport, USA.
This ship has been an extraordinary freighter, trooper, passenger ship, and she was been in active service *longer than any other motorised ocean-going ship in existence for as a ship she sailed the Americas, Trans-Atlantic and the world a full 95 years, but as an actual passenger ship she has covered the oceans of the world for an amazing 68 years.
This vintage ship has had a long and fascinating story and having been sold a number of times she has been spared countless times from the blow torches of the Indian ship breakers, instead she was radically rebuilt over the years, for this reason her history will be fully explored in this work!
*The World Guinness Book of Records officially states that the MV Doulos was indeed the “Worlds oldest active passenger ocean-going ship.”
I trust that you
will enjoy the contents of – “MV Doulos
- A Ship Like no Other” because it is
an amazing story. In addition, there are countless photographs; a great number
of these were taken by the author, who has spent considerable time on board the
Doulos whilst she was in Sydney in April 1999 and then in Brisbane in July and
August 2008 when staying on her in Brisbane for the duration, 19 Days and the
sailed down to Sydney, with further time on board whilst there! Although I did
have an encounter with the ship back in
Maritime Historian, author and Lecturer
Official Maritime Historian of the MV Doulos & Doulos Phos.
Commenced in the Passenger Shipping Industry in 1960.
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Thereafter use this sites Main INDEX below or the links to the next page, located on each page
PART ONE Based on the
Doulos’ visit to
Introduction A Ship Like No Other.
Chapter One Part One - SS Medina - 1914 – 1940 – her history and World War I.
NEW Page Part Two – SS Medina – 1940 – 1948 - World War II until sold.
Chapter Two From Onions to Passengers - SS Roma - 1948 – 1953.
Chapter Three A New Beginning - MS Franca C - the liner - 1953 – 1959.
Chapter Four A New luxury Role - MS Franca C - the cruise ship - 1959, 1970 to 1977 (I became involved with her in 1971).
“ Brochures - MS Franca C - the cruise ship - brochures 1959 to 1977.
“ Menus – Dating from Franca C very first cruises in Nov/Dec 1959.
“ Cabin Plan One - 1959 – 1970.
“ Cabin Plan Two - 1970 – 1977.
Chapter Five A New Role for a Grand Old Lady of the Sea - MV Doulos - 1977 -2010.
Six 1993 Electrical Project -
“Heart Transplant” in
Chapter Seven SOLAS - Safety regulations.
Chapter Eight Onboard Impressions - My visit to her in 1999.
Chapter Nine Doulos’ Mission - The work of OM Ships International.
Chapter Ten Doulos Goes High Tech - Satellite Dome/Dish fitted 2006.
Photo Pages Photo Page One – Sydney 1999.
“ Photo Page Two – Sydney 1999.
PART TWO Covering the Doulos from 2008 to Today - 2015/16.
joined the Doulos in
Chapter One Doulos arrives in Brisbane - July 31, 2008.
Chapter Two Doulos in Brisbane - Aug 1 to 19 Aug 2008.
Chapter Three ex 1950 SS Roma Passengers visit the Doulos in Australia.
“ My voyage to Australia on the SS Roma in 1950 - by Paul Christmann.
Four Doulos at Sea - Page One – Sailing to
Five Doulos at Sea - Page Two - Sailing to
Chapter Six Doulos’ Engine Room – Including: November 2007 dry-dock & propeller & shaft work.
Chapter Seven Speaking with Doulos’ Crew and Staff – Crew Interviews.
Chapter Eight Doulos in Sydney - Aug/Sept 2008 – Including Doulos’ 94th Birthday (22 August 2008).
Chapter Nine Her Final Australian & Asian Ports - September 2009 to March 2010.
Chapter Ten Doulos Deck Plan - These are current & up to date deck plans - NEW page.
Eleven Ports of Call –
MV Doulos was officially decommissioned on December 31, 2009.
She was sold on March 18, 2010 - Full details are on the next two pages …
Chapter Twelve Doulos Phos The still beautiful MV Doulos has been sold and
will be renamed Doulos Phos, After she has been fully refitted at a Batan Shipyard she will be permanently based at a popular
holiday location, an Island knows as Bintan and she will become a Boutique
Hotel, Restaurant and Café faciulity. Of course she
will have other facilities, including a
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