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!

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Maritime Historian, Cruise‘n’Ship Reviewer & Author

Commenced in the Passenger Shipping Industry in 1960


A superbly built American built ship that sailed into History and she remains with us to this very day!

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

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

Doulos Phos (2010 - ) A land-locked Hotel at Bintan, Indonesia

MV Doulos

“A Ship Like no Other”

By Reuben Goossens 

Part Two - 2008 / Chapter Five

Doulos at Sea - Page Two 


MV Doulos heading south along the coast of Australia bound for Sydney

With the large number of photograph taken, I had to add a second page, as well as a separate page for the engine room, etc. This page covers the Carpenters shop in the bow, Hold 1, and other interesting spaces aboard the Doulos, including another cabin and Franca C deck signs and more. I trust you will enjoy this journey onboard the oldest oceangoing ship on the sea today!

Far forward on Main Deck we enter the shackle corridor and this door opens into the Carpenters Shop in the bow area


 My host, Sven Benseler takes a look at a children’s Snoopy seat completed in the carpenters shop



Sven Benseler and I found no one home, but I found the location most interesting, so let’s investigate a little further


As we head further forward we come into the carpenter’s office


The carpenter’s office – This door leads us into the next section


 This is the most forward porthole on the ship


We have now reached as far forward as we can possible go inside the ship, as we have reached the bow section


 The anchor chain columns go down to the chain store below


 The photographs show the perfect state of the steel hull and its riveting is still in A1 condition!


Down an A Deck is “The Cage” or what is known as the store room


 Inside the store Room


The store room 


 We have now descended down to Hold Deck one deck below B Deck, and here we are in Hold 1, looking up to the cover above


Far forward, I found the base of what was once the original forward mast, yet it still strengthens the new electric crane

The hold stores many items including new ropes, plumbing needs and other goods that may be needed at any time


The trolley contains deck mats 


An original Franca C - Cabin sign on A Deck – These signs date back to 1959



This Franca C sign points to which stairwell you should use to head to your cabin – let’s go to cabin 260 on B Deck


Cabin 260 is a small inside 2 berth cabin – all cabins have private facilities – looking forward


The bathroom wall faces the engine room and it was amazing how quiet it was

Again the furniture, lights and décor were all Franca C 1959 originals!


Small but cosy, I stayed in the lower bed of this cabin for the first night.


 Another 1959 sign on B Deck


A Typical bathroom dating from the Franca C - 1959


Above and below: Here we see the original in cabin Waiter/Steward call buttons (no longer in use of course)



The arrows shows the direction of the cabin that made the call


This is the light outside the cabins 23 & 25 and the waiter/Steward would switch the light off when he arrived


 MV Doulos will pick up the Sydney pilot early tomorrow, Thursday, 21 August 2008 and sail through

Sydney Heads and into the world’s most beautiful Harbour!


Thank You!

There are some very special people I wish to thank the following on board the Doulos. The ship’s Director, Dr. Daniel Chae who was always so helpful and he has a great desire to see the ship survive! We had I fine time together discussing the ship and the Scriptures during my time on board! However, how can I ever forget my delightful host and now good friend on board, Sven Benseler and his lovely wife Mirjam and their delightful children, Joshua & Samuel. They made my stay on board very special and I soon became part of the Doulos family! Also, there was the delightful ship’s journalist Marl Terilli, who took great care of me whilst I was on board and thank you for the delightful times we had chatting during mealtime with your husband at supper time. Not to forget, two very special people, Dominic Bothello the Chief Engineer who always made me smile and I always want more time with this wonderful man and his delightful family! And the ever effervescent Filipe the Project Coordinator, who was a delightful young man with a heart desire to learn more and more and to take in all that, is good! May the LORD bless you and thank you for all that you have given me! I also wish to thank Captain Ashley McDonald who was most generous with his time, allowing me on the Bridge as we departed Brisbane and giving me an interview in his private quarters. I recall discussing the future of the Doulos relating my vision, now in 2010 this vision has come to a realisation as the ship has indeed been sold to an Asian country and will become a maritime museum, hotel, restaurant, tourist venue and a Christian Centre and Bible School in Singapore!

To all the crew and staff on board, thank you for your outstanding hospitality and cooperation, and for giving me the freedom of the ship whilst I was with you on the historic Doulos, a ship I have been personally associated with since 1971.

Go to Part Six - Doulos Engine Room - Also, the November 2007 dry-dock & propeller & shaft work


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