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Cleaning out my deceased mother's documents and came across an interesting Diary that my Grandfather kept of a world voyage during 1960 in which they stopped over in Australia fro a few months.


Vessel was the M.S. "Johan Van Oldenbarnevelt" .... run by whatever HAL was in those days.

According to his records it sank following a fire with over 100 lives lost.


Reading the tour options in Miami was a bit of a giggle.... place names that remind me a Tim Dorsey novel, Coral Gables, Ester Williams swimming pool, Coconut Grove and Jordan Marsh department store ???


Obviously the prices were a bit cheaper for a "tour" in those days.


Cheers Tom

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Florida in the 1960s was a very different place than it is now.  For refugees from the Cuban terror, the "Freedom Tower" office building near the harbor was a symbol of hope.  In the 1960s, it was a prominent landmark for arriving ships.  Now it is lost among many towering buildings.


For African American citizens, much has changed, too.

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I can't find any indication this ship was ever part of Holland America. It was part of the Netherland Line, and merged into other cruise lines over time. 


It was owned by a Greek cruise line when it sunk.

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