Seeking info re: Wanasari and Willem Ruys

22nd June 2008, 19:56
As a 7 y/o I was a passenger on Rotterdam Lloyd's 12 passenger freighter, Wanasari from Seattle to Singapore in 1956. Our family of 4 were the only passengers on that voyage. My brother and I enjoyed the voyage in spite of encountering the edge of a typhoon. We had games, puzzles, models and hours of time to spend uninterrupted with our parents. We became well acquainted with the officers as we ate in their dining room.

In 1961 our family of four boarded the Rotterdam Lloyd flagship Willem Ruys in Singapore and sailed to Fort Lauderdale, FL via, Sidney, Melbourne, Wellington, Pitcairn, Balboa, and the Panama Canal. We enjoyed the pool, being allowed to eat in the adult dining room, the equator crossing ceremony complete with jello and dye in the swimming pool, a costume ball and a Mad Hatter's ball. At one of the balls my mother recognized the captain was the same captain from the Wanasari. He remembered our family and invited us to his quarters on the Willem Ruys for a private tea. I still keep the souvenir scarf he gifted me at that time. I'm sure somewhere in my mother's papers she has recorded the captain's name. It was quite a promotion to go from the Wanasari to captain of the R. Lloyd flagship in so few years. In Pitcairn we boarded two Pitcairn islanders (Mr. and Mrs. Roy Clark, postmaster) who continued to Fort Lauderdale and we became friends and corresponded with them for many years there after. We discovered that Mrs. Clark had common ancestry with us to English whalers from Nantucket Island.

I wonder if anyone has information regarding the Wanasari or the captain. I believe I did once see a small newspaper clipping and believe that it was explaining her demise. I would enjoy seeing a picture of her or a sister ship of hers. It is possible that the captain could still be alive. If so I would like to correspond with him.

ian d.cameron
22nd June 2008, 20:48
Hi Tessa some photos and info of the WONOSARI
built by Howaldtswerke A.G., Hamburg | Built for the KRL, 1970 transferred Nedlloyd and later to KJCPL,1977 sold to Singapore renamed Lucille,1980 damaged in Iraq-Iran war, 1982 declared total loss
There are another couple of photos on Potoship, just click the forward button

Willem Ruys

K urgess
22nd June 2008, 22:43
Welcome aboard from northern England.
I see our crew have leapt to you aid already as usual.
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Bruce Carson
22nd June 2008, 22:55
From Michigan, a warm welcome to Ships Nostalgia,
Good to have you onboard.
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23rd June 2008, 00:10
Welcome aboard from the Philippines. Enjoy all this great site has to offer

23rd June 2008, 08:47
Greetings Tessa and welcome to SN. Bon voyage.

23rd June 2008, 09:10
Welcome onboard to SN and enjoy the voyage

23rd June 2008, 09:13
Welcome from Lancashire UK.

I am glad to see that you have already had some responses to your query.

I hope you will enjoy the site.