mv Doulos at Southampton - 16 Apr 2004 Constructed in 1914, MV DOULOS is the world's oldest active ocean going passenger ship. ex MEDINA, ROMA, FRANCA C and DOULOS. She has been utilised for four very different purposes: freighting goods, transporting emigrants, for cruises and latterly in her present role. During her lifetime, she has twice been extensively renovated and upgraded, and undergone two engine replacements. She has been registered in the United States of America, Panama, Italy and Malta.
MV DOULOS was purchased in 1977 by Gute Bücher für Alle e.V. (Good Books for All), a private, non-profit, charitable organisation registered in Germany.
Over 15 million visitors have been welcomed on board for tours, programmes and visits to the floating bookshop. With stops in over 400 ports of call, this unique ship has visited 88 countries, including Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and many island nations.