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


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 has just passed under the Gateway Bridge and continues up the Brisbane River

MV Doulos

“A Ship Like no Other”

By Reuben Goossens 

Part Two - 2008 / Chapter One

Doulos sails into Brisbane on July 31, 2008

All photographs (except the one marked otherwise) are by © Copyright Reuben Goossens -

Although the Doulos was a day late arriving due to having to delay her departure somewhat bad weather conditions in Wellington New Zealand, she had the perfect arrival to Brisbane with a bright and sunny Brisbane winters day. The Brisbane River was as placid as could possibly be and even more so, it looked cleaners that I have seen it in years! The photograph above was taken with a tele-lens as she had just passed under the Gateway Bridge under the guidance of the Pilot and a single tug. The photographs tell their own story, for we see a ship that is a miracle in its own right, for she will be 94 years of age on August 22, and yet she will sail on for a few more years yet. Built just two years after the Titanic, well, we are reminded that some worker wrote on her hull, “Even God can’t sink her.” An Iceberg certainly did! However, on the Doulos they also have a saying, “Only God can keep the Doulos afloat.” And certainly, with the massive maintenance work that is carried out by the ships Christian owners and the wonderful volunteers onboard, she is in a wonderful condition. I attended the official opening on the 1st of August onboard and I found the Doulos, not having been onboard since 1999, looking just superb, and even better than before!

But now, sit back and enjoy the photographs!

 The Australian Flag can be seen forward. The crew and staff are mostly

on the starboard side with flags of the world as they will dock on that side


Crew & staff with their flags on the starboard side

Photograph by & © 2008 Trevor Coppock


A sunny day and a smooth River 


Doulos’ famous Counter stern is clearly shown in this view 


The Doulos has arrived at Australia finest Cruise Terminal – “Portside”

Home of a range of Cafes and Restaurants, shops, a supermarket and even a cinema 


A fine view of her sharply raked bow 


Doulos has its own fleet of mini busses on board 


A series of views of the ship






Note the timber stairs seen between the lifeboats - these are original 1914 SS Medina stairs


Under this cover is the massive bookshop 


 Lifeboat machinery is kept in superb condition!


The Bridge is the original 1914 SS Medina Bridge, but was raised several decks up

when the ship was rebuilt into a passenger ship in 1949


 The fleet of mini busses will soon come ashore


Note the satellite dome. The Doulos may be a 94 year old ship, but this old girl is “really with it!”

In this photograph and in the one below we again see the original SS Medina stairs


The row of windows show the main Lounge deck, below is the Restaurant deck, with Boat deck & the Book shop above. 


All photographs (except the one marked otherwise) were taken by and are © copyright 2008 Reuben Goossens


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