Royal Interocean Lines

The Last Ocean Liners

 

Royal Interocean Lines The ships of this Dutch line rarely visited home, but instead operated some of the most exotic, far-ranging ocean liner services in the world. Their three largest liners, Boissevain, Ruys and Tegelberg, sailed a two month journey each way between three diverse continents from Yokohama (Tokyo) and Kobe to Hong Kong and Singapore, crossing the Indian Ocean to Mauritius, Durban and Cape Town, then onward across the South Atlantic to Rio de Janeiro, Santos, Montevideo and Buenos Aires.

"Following the track of the ancient navigators, these new ships bring the world traveler to historically interesting islands of the Indian Ocean and the 'Golden Land' - South and East Africa."

Royal Interocean Lines First class passengers enjoyed artistically designed public rooms, several suites with private verandas, spacious promenade and sports decks and a Lido cafe opening onto a tiled outdoor pool. The hardworking ocean liners accommodated all manner of travelers from the wealthy to tourists to migrant settlers and workers.

Meanwhile, the sister ships Tjiluwah and Tjiwangi maintained a cruise-like line service from Australia to the Far East, much favored by wealthy Australians for a leisurely holiday. Despite their modest size, they sported a swimming pool for each class. In their holds they carried Australian wool to Japan and returned with clothing, textiles and small manufactured goods.




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Boissevain - 1937 - Royal Interocean Lines
Boissevain Royal Interocean Lines
Built: 1937 by Blohn & Voss, Hamburg, Germany Gross tons: 14285 Length: 559ft (170m) Width: 72ft (22m) Depth: 30ft (9m) Speed: 16kn Power: 11000 bhp Propulsion: Diesel triple screw Passengers: 131 First 84 Second 179 Third End of service: Scrapped 1968
 

Ruys - 1938 - Royal Interocean Lines
Ruys Royal Interocean Lines
Built: 1938 by De Schelde, Vlissingen, Holland Gross tons: 14285 Length: 559ft (170m) Width: 72ft (22m) Depth: 30ft (9m) Speed: 16kn Power: 11000 bhp Propulsion: Diesel triple screw Passengers: 131 First 84 Second 179 Third End of service: Scrapped 1968
 

Tegelberg - 1938 - Royal Interocean Lines
Tegelberg Royal Interocean Lines
Built: 1938 by Nederlandsche SB Mij, Amsterdam, Holland Gross tons: 14285 Length: 559ft (170m) Width: 72ft (22m) Depth: 30ft (9m) Speed: 16kn Power: 11000 bhp Propulsion: Diesel triple screw Passengers: 131 First 84 Second 179 Third End of service: Scrapped 1968
 

Tjiluwah - 1951 - Royal Interocean Lines
Tjiluwah Royal Interocean Lines
Built: 1951 by Van der Giessen, Krimpen, Holland Gross tons: 8756 Length: 479ft (146m) Width: 63ft (19m) Depth: 23ft (7m) Speed: 16kn Power: 8000 bhp Propulsion: Diesel twin screw Passengers: 104 First 118 Tourist End of service: Sold 1971
 

Tjiwangi - 1951 - Royal Interocean Lines
Tjiwangi Royal Interocean Lines
Built: 1951 by Van der Giessen, Krimpen, Holland Gross tons: 8756 Length: 479ft (146m) Width: 63ft (19m) Depth: 23ft (7m) Speed: 16kn Power: 8000 bhp Propulsion: Diesel twin screw Passengers: 104 First 118 Tourist End of service: Sold 1971