MV Doulos (1977-2010) - MS Franca C (1952-1977) - SS Roma (1948-1952) - SS Medina (1914-1948)
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A superbly built American built ship that sailed into History and she remains with us to this very day!
With Reuben Goossens
Maritime Historian, Cruise‘n’Ship Reviewer & Author
Commenced in the Passenger Shipping Industry in 1960
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“A Ship Like no Other”
From SS Medina built in 1914 to Franca C
& MV Doulos concluding her days in 2010
Important Notice: MV Doulos - “A Ship Like No Other” is an comprehensive historical account of an amazing ship by the ships official historian, however, it is important to note, that this is a 100% non-commercial and privately owned site as it is not connected with any organization and does not attempt to raise funds. In this work I make mention of the ships past owners, but the author has no direct connection with any of them. Although the previous owner, GBA/OM Shipping Mosbach Germany did use a great deal of the authors material in their books, brochures and video regarding the Doulos, as I was the ships historian and I have been kind enough to donate the material, but have never profited from same. In addition the current owners originally were allowed to make use of some images owned by the author again on a non commercial basis, but once they decided to change direction and landlocked the ship on an Indonesian Island as a tourist playground, I cut contact with them, as it was a breach of a verbal contract with me, and they are no longer permitted the use of same! Reuben Goossens.
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deals with one of the most a remarkable vintage ships ever built, a ship that
had an enduring life that not only saw her transformed from a simple freighter,
into a humble refugee ship, next a passenger liner and then into an all first
class luxury cruise ship. She was finally sold at the great age of 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
This site honours what was, a ship has was an extraordinary freighter, trooper, refugee, migrant and passenger liner as well as a luxury cruise ship. But, she also saw active service in two World Wars and has sailed all the oceans of the globe *longer than any other motorised ocean-going ship in existence, for this ship she sailed the Americas, Trans-Atlantic and the world a full 95 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, when still sailing, the “Worlds oldest active passenger ocean-going ship.”
I trust that you will enjoy “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 1999 and then in Brisbane in July and August 2008 when staying on her in Brisbane for the duration of his voyage on her and his time onboard in two ports! Although I did have an encounter with the MV Franca C back in Italy in 1971, but then she was still the luxury cruise ship with excellent cabins and superb lounges and an elegant restaurant offering some of the finest cuisine possible, far from what is served in the Doulos’ galley the various times I spent on the Doulos. But it was at least wholesome! I certainly hope that you will enjoy the many great stories and memories of what is a small but a great ship in history of maritime development!
Maritime Historian, author and Lecturer
Official Maritime Historian of the MV Doulos.
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PART ONE Based on the Doulos’ visit
Introduction … A Ship Like No Other - Introduction regarding this amazingly Historic Ship!
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.
“ Brochures - MS Franca C - the cruise ship - brochures 1959 to 1977.
“ Menus – Dating from Franca C - her 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.
Chapter 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 – 2010 & beyond.
The author 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
“ My voyage to Australia on the SS Roma in 1950 - by Paul Christmann.
Chapter Four … Doulos at Sea - Page One - Authors Voyage.
Chapter Five … Doulos at Sea - Page Two - Authors Voyage.
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.
of Call -
. MV Doulos was officially decommissioned on December 31, 2009.
She was sold on March 18, 2010 to Singaporean Interests.
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