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 Ten

Ships Deck Plans


Photographed by myself in Sydney on August 22, 2008 having just turned 94 years young!

Photograph by & © copyright 2008 Reuben Goossens -


Bridge Deck


The Bridge, Radio and Navigation rooms


Captains Deck


Far forward are the Captains quarters, whilst just aft of the funnel is the Sun Deck and the location of the Satellite dome


Boat Deck


Far forward is the library and offices for officers – amidships one can view the engine room and there ate toilets.

Aft there is the popular snack bar and the massive Bookshop


Lounge Deck

(Enlarged version)

 Far forward, deck, lobby & Stairwell – small lounge & Volunteer office, Main Lounge, Port & Starboard Lounges, VIP Lounge, followed by the ships offices and Children’s school and nursery facilities and play deck.


Promenade (Restaurant) Deck

(Enlarged version)

 Far forward, Restaurant, pantry, galley & bakery, Fire station Nr3, cabins, laundry & welding shop

Cabin 21 – port amidships was my cabin ^ whilst onboard.


Main Deck – (Main Street)


This deck is mostly occupied with cabins, but also has store rooms far forward, as well as offices amidships on the starboard side

On the portside (amidships) there is the Chief Engineer’s office & engine room staff office, as well as the locker room and a lounge.

Aft there is the medical centre and there is also the print shop and the carpenters shop in the bow section.


A Deck


Here we find many cabins as well as the old aft holds, which is now a massive Book storeroom. The lift that was added when she was converted in 1977 takes the books up to the bookshop up on Boat Deck.


B Deck (Forward)


Accommodations found on B Deck are dormitories and these are mostly used for those who come for short stays.

Forward are the two original holds.

Deck arrangements 2008

Bridge Deck:           Wheel house/chart room.

Captain's Deck:       Captain & officer quarters.

Boat Deck:              Fwd: Library, officer quarters, radio station. Aft: Snack Bar, Book Exhibition (Open in port & open to the public).

Lounge Deck:          Lounges, VIP Lounge, Information Desk, offices, classrooms and a nursery. Covered promenade decks on both sides, and a spacious aft covered children’s deck/play area. Forward out on deck and Al Fresco “International Café” (Open only in port and open to the public)

Promenade Deck:    Restaurant, galleys, bakery, cabins, sickbay, family quarter’s workshops, laundry, and side covered promenade decks.

Main Deck:              (Main Street) Cabins, Engine crew office & lounge, hospital, print and carpenters shop.

A & B Deck:             Cabins, book storeroom aft, baggage rooms holds 1 & 2 and engine room.


Visit Chapter Eleven - Ports of Call - Genoa 1977 to Singapore 2010


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