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

“A Ship Like no Other”

By Reuben Goossens 

--MV Doulos--

Photo Page One


ss Medina - 1914 – 1948

Built for the Mallory Steamship Company USA


SS Medina

From the author’s private collection


ss Roma - 1948 – 1952


SS Roma seen in New York full of pilgrims the 1950 during “Holy year”

Alex Duncan - Gravesend


Franca C - 1952 – 1977


 A remarkable photograph of the Franca C taken in the early 50’s

From the Joanne Boot family collection


Franca C cruise brochure cover – Note the narrow stove pipe atop the funnel.

From a Costa Line brochure


 Very early post card of Franca C the cruise ship
Author’s collection


Post Card of the Franca C with her small stove pipe funnel extension
Author’s collection


The Main Lounge was designed by Nino Zoncanda, with the wall sculptures were by famed artist Marcello Mascherini

From a Costa line brochure


MV Doulos 1977 … 2008 … 2010?


MV Doulos in her early days

Photograph by - OM


Doulos’ arrival at the Sydney Passenger Terminal

Photograph by & © 1999 Marion Carter


The sun rises on the Doulos in Sydney, July 1999

Photograph by & © 1999 - Reuben Goossens


A spotless Lounge deck - looking aft, starboard

Photograph by & © copyright 1999 - Reuben Goossens


My host Doulos’ Project coordinator, Marlieske Smilde in the Main Lounge

Photograph by & © copyright 1999 - Reuben Goossens


Forward midsection of the Restaurant has this original mural from the Franca C days

Photograph by & © copyright 1999 - Reuben Goossens


Dining Room - looking aft to starboard

Photograph by & © copyright 1999 - Reuben Goossens


 Preparing the tables or the next meal

Photograph provided by MV Doulos


This Franca C ceramic feature was found in the Dinning Room on the portside aft wall.

Photograph by & © copyright 1999 - Reuben Goossens


Stairwell with 1959 "Blue Mural", but this is now gone and has a plain wall
Photograph by Peter Knego - USA


Two berth cabin with private facilities 

Photograph by & © 1999 Reuben Goossens


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