Remember Doulos

Doulos was purchased in 1977. The ship was sold in the first part of 2010, with handover of ownership taking place on 18 March. Over the 32 years she was in service with OM Ships, Doulos welcomed over 22 million people on board during 601 ports of call in 108 countries in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and many island nations. During that time, the vessel covered more than 360,000 nautical miles - ¬óequivalent to sailing around the world 16 times!

Constructed in 1914, Doulos was recognised in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's oldest active ocean-going passenger ship.


Total Visitors 22,219,916
Programme Attendance 3,749,375
Books Purchased On Board 16,930,297
Nautical Miles Sailed 364,394
Total Ports of Call 601
Countries and Territories Visited 108
Different Ports Visited 295


Click here for the Doulos port history.

Technical Data

Call Sign 9HKF
Port of Registry Valletta, Malta
Type Passenger
Built 1914, Newport News, USA
(Reg. No. 23152)
Tonnage 6,818 GRT
2,230 NRT
2,055 DWT
5,447 LDT
Persons 414
Cargo (Books) 1037 m³
Fuel 220 m³
Lube Oil 50 m³
Fresh Water 1720 m³
Length 130.35 m
Breadth 16.60 m
Design Draught 5.54 m
Main Propulsion Engine

GMT C4218SS 
V-18 cyl. 4-stroke 
5958 kW (8100 bhp) 
Intermediate Fuel 
Renk Reduction Gear 
Fixed Pitch Propellor

Electrical Plant

3 AC Gen Sets 380V 50Hz:
- 2 Bergen KRG 6 (1125 kVA) 
- 1 Bergen KRG 5 (750 kVA)

Air Compressors

2 Hatlapa W280 30 bar 
1 Hamworthy 2TF5 30 bar

Steering AEG
Refrigeration Carrier
R-134a Direct Expansion
Air Conditioning AMP 
R-22 Chilled Water 
9 Fan Rooms 
15 Fan Systems
Deck Machinery HYCOM 
Electro-hydraulic Windlass 
Hydraulic Capstan (2 drums) 
1 Palfinger Crane 
- 39.2 kN (4 t) SWL @ 2.5-14 m



Built in 1914 by the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company for the Mallory Steamship Company (USA), Medina was launched on 22nd August of the same year. Her sister ship, Neches, was also completed in 1914. However, this vessel had a brief life history as she sank after a collision along the coast of Devon, England in 1918. Medina had a speed of 14 knots and was described in the September 1914 International Marine Engineering magazine as one of the most modern and largest freight steamships operating on the Atlantic coast. Medina was commissioned into service along the west coast of America during the Second World War by the United States Coast Guard.

In 1948, Medina was acquired by the Panamanian company, Naviera San Miguel SA. The following year she was renamed Roma and converted into a passenger ship with cabins for 287 people and dormitories for another 694 people. As 1950 was the Roman Catholic Holy Year, the ship was used to transport pilgrims to Rome and afterwards carried emigrants to Australia. This second role did not last for long and the vessel was soon put up for sale.

In 1952, she was sold to Giacomo fu Andrea (Linea Costa) and renamed Franca C. Her original steam engine was replaced by a double acting diesel engine. At first she sailed between Italy and Argentina, carrying first, tourist and third class passengers with a capacity for over 900 people. In 1959 Franca C was remodelled into a first class luxury liner. Her cruises were mainly around the Mediterranean ports with occasional trips into the Black Sea. She later pioneered the cruise ship trade out of Miami. During this time one important change occurred (in 1970) when the vessel received a new engine, a set of Fiat diesels.

Franca C was offered for sale in 1977. She was examined and on 4 November 1977, a contract of acquisition was signed and the ship was renamed Doulos. Before commencing her new role, some repairs were necessary. Alterations included the removal of the swimming pool and the construction of a covered book exhibition on the deck. The ship was taken to Bremen, Germany, to be fitted for her new service. On 3rd June 1978, she sailed from Bremen to initiate her new commission.

Virtual Tour

Click the buttons on the following graphic to see 360¬į panoramic views of these various part of Doulos. The panoramas will open in a new page so, when you're done exploring, close the page to return to this one to see another part of the ship.

See the view from the BookstoreSee the view from the LaundrySee the view from Fire Station 3See the view from the BakerySee the view from the GalleySee the view from the BridgeSee the view from the Dining RoomSee the view from a quaysideSee the view from the bowSee the view from the Sun Deck

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