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 


--MV Franca C--

The Luxury Cruise Ship

Deck Plan 1970 - 1977

 Front cover of the last Costa Line - Franca C Brochure produced in 1977


Ships description on the Deck Plan in the 1977 Cruise Brochure 


 Sun Deck


Lounge Deck


 Promenade (Restaurant) & Upper Decks forward


 A Deck – the previous cabins forward on B Deck are no longer used, now she is a luxury cruise ship


 Note one of the ships older timber life boats on the left


The pool 


Back cover of the very last Franca C brochure produced in 1977 


A fine view of the stern of the Franca C during her final cruising days

Photographer unknown

Please Note: The cabin plan and images (except those marked otherwise) on Franca C Cabin Plan One & Two have been sourced from original Franca C brochures. They are the property of and © Copyright 2008 Reuben Goossens - These images may not to be copied by any media or format and used, be it for personal use or professional purpose without prior permission obtained from the author via the email link below.

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