That same year Rotterdam left its homeport of Rotterdam foregood, she would never call there again while sailing for the HAL. Images are contributed and not my own. In the mean time, the volunteers of the ss Rotterdam foundation work hard to restore the ship to her former glory, exactly as she was delivered in 1959 by the yard who built her, the Rotterdam Drydock Company. The SS Rotterdam was the very last great Dutch “Ship of State” and there were many of the finest designers, workers and artists from throughout the Netherlands working on this great ship, both in her construction, fitting out process as well her superb décor. Browse all 39 types of Rotterdam cabins and staterooms. Meanwhile, in August 2004, the RDM (Mr. van den Nieuwenhuizen) and the Port of Rotterdam Authority had a serious dispute concerning a loan from the Port to the RDM. At once she was acquired by Premier Cruises, a company that owned a fleet of elderly classic vessels all kept in immaculate condition. Premier was engulfed in protests as all Rembrandt fans strongly objected against this plan. Her  second trials took place from 1 to 6 August 1959, this time with 800 guests a board, most of them shipyard workers and subcontractors. The launch of the ss Rotterdam on September 13 1958 picture J. Groeneveld. HAL S.S. Nieuw Amsterdam en S.S. Rotterdam In New York 1959. She sailed from Rotterdam via Hook of Holland for her first sea trials, and also to IJmuiden twice. 300 had actually begun. During an official ceremony the first two sections were placed on the slipway. The Queen named her, Now the next stage of fitting out started. With Reuben Goossens Maritime Historian, Author, Cruise‘n’Ship Reviewer and Maritime Lecturer After 27 years, Rembrandt visited her former homeport of Rotterdam again during one of her European cruises. Rotterdam was the sixth Holland America vessel to bear the name. Destination: New York. Inside SS Rotterdam, Ambassador Lounge, foto 1.JPG 4,608 × 3,456; 3.14 MB 1973 was an eventful year for the HAL: two new ships were introduced, the former Moore Mc Cormack liners Argentina and Brasil entered service as Veendam and Volendam respectively (as a coincidence, both vessels had the same dummy type of funnel as Rotterdam had), The Nieuw Amsterdam was retired and sent to the scrap yard after several attempts to save her as a museum or floating hotel failed. She had a long and a successful career with Holland America Line (HAL) from 1959 to 2000, but sadly as Carnival had obtained HAL in 1989 she … Her interiors started to take shape,: over 1400 people worked onboard. In 1985, Suddenly in 1989 HAL was sold to the US Company Carnival Cruise Line from Miami. It was used as a theater, cinema and church, and was situated on the rear of the Promenade Deck, taking up two decks in fact. However, Polish authorities did not want the asbestos taken off the ship for environmental reasons and after a long dispute, in August 2006 the ss Rotterdam sailed to Wilhelmshaven, Germany where the asbestos was removed and her refit completed. This took until April 2005. With her 38,645 gross registered tonnage, the ss Rotterdam is the flagship of the Holland America Line and of the Dutch merchant shipping, one of the top ten large passenger ships. In 1985 Rotterdam was refitted again, public spaces and cabins were upgraded. Meld je gratis aan en ontwikkel jezelf als fotograaf. However the authortities were not  notified hereof. HAL contacted the RDM and together a design emerged of a graceful vessel with a pronounced sheer. 1945 hull sunk as blockship by Germans. The Queen and Prince inspected the vessel and they turned out to be very interested in the artwork which could be found all over the ship. In the passenger department 350 Indonesian crew members were introduced, and it took a lot of effort to keep onboard service on the same level with all these alterations. Among the guests aboard was then-crown princess Beatrix. Work on yard no. It was used as a theater, cinema and church, and was situated on the rear of the Promenade Deck, taking up two decks in fact. Now the next stage of fitting out started. She was named for SS Rotterdam of 1959, and also named after the city of Rotterdam, Netherlands. As a result, it can be useful to identify a ship by using the IMO number. During this circumnavigation of South America, a voyage of 15.100 nautical miles, almost 6 million litres of fuel was needed for the journey. In 1968 HAL shifted its operations even more to cruising and a refit of Rotterdam was announced after which she would only sail as a one class cruise ship. During this circumnavigation of South America, a voyage of 15.100  nautical miles, almost 6 million litres of fuel was needed for the journey. It later converted to a one-class ship in 1969. In 1964, Rotterdam was rebuilt and upgraded for the first time, several cabins were added on the spot where the childrens play room used to be which was relocated. It was a  sunny day and 60,000 spectators watched the ship slide into the river Maas. Rotterdam was now taken to the port of Cadiz at the end of 2005 where she was repainted in her old dove grey HAL colours. After having passed thes trials successfully she returned to dock 9 for a short visit snd some final work was carried out there.Then, the big day arrived, the Rotterdam was ready to start her career as a liner/ cruiseship. Her interiors started to take shape,: over 1400 people worked onboard. In 1983 HAL adopted a new logo: the sailing vessel Halve Maen with the impressive bows of a modern cruise liner. During the  first years of her career, the Rotterdam  cruised in between her transatlantic  liner service between Rotterdam and New York. Named Rotterdam, a powerful and symbolic moniker honoring cruise ships of our past, this Holland America ship is the third in the line's Pinnacle-class fleet. Prices started form $1395 for an inside cabin on B-deck. At first HAL’s own design department came up with several very streamlined design studies all of which had a strong resemblance to the Nieuw Amsterdam. The staircases used to be seperated from each other, the only thing in between were these colored glass windows. Occaisionally she would circumnavigate South America. Inside SS Rotterdam, Ambassador Lounge, foto 1.JPG 4,608 × 3,456; 3.14 MB This was an on and off process which was interrupted when RDM’s competitor the Wilton Feyneoord shipyard presented HAL a design of a 20.000GRT passenger vessel which would cost half as much as the planned successor of the Nieuw Amsterdam would. It took 24 days to tow her to Gibraltar. She performed very well and proved to be a stable ship with excellent seagoing qualities. Mid-Century Modern Cruise Ship The Dutch cruise liner SS Rotterdam, known as “The Grande Dame" sailed from 1959 and is now preserved as a hotel/museum/tourist attraction and permanently docked in Rotterdam, Netherlands She was  prepared for a long tow to Gibraltar and she left Freeport in June 2004. She sailed from 1959 until the final retirement. Click the logo above to reach the ssMaritime FrontPage for New Features & Updates . To the relief of the. It caused a list of 35 degrees but Rotterdam uprighted herself. StateLibQld 1 171355 Rotterdam (ship).jpg SS Rotterdam Career Name: Rotterdam (1959–1997) Rembrandt (1997–2003) Rotterdam (2004–present) Owner: Holland America Line (1959–1997) Premier Cruises (1997–2… HAL president mr. de Monchy had seen this feature in a French castle where two stairtowers both fitted in eachother intertwined like two corkscrews so one could descend the stairs while not meeting those climbing the stairs. The port of Rotterdam authority granted a loan so she could be acquired. Her career spanned forty-one years. The SS Rotterdam of the Holland-America Line ca 1900. Rotterdam (1959) Thread starter Mirriam Wood; Start date Jun 19, 2001; Sidebar Sidebar. 1959: Antwerp - New York service, 1951 Hamburg - Vancouver service, 1954 renamed Diemerdyk, 1968 sold to Liberia renamed Oriental Amiga. She arrived at the Cammel Laird yard, where asbestos was removed or sealed. During her stay at Gibraltar, Rembrandt was renamed Rotterdam again. However the authortities were not  notified hereof. Rotterdam is the second-largest city in the Netherlands and one of the largest ports in the world. Just under a year later, on Thursday 3 September, 1959, The SS Rotterdam departed on her maiden voyage from Rotterdam to New York. Rotterdam V, also known as “The Grande Dame” sailed across the Atlantic beginning in 1959 as a two-class ship, transitioning to single-class service 10 years later. Nieuw Amsterdam would remain on the North Atlantic for another two years before she too was returned for permanent use in cruise service. It later converted to a one-class ship in 1969. Image courtesy Johan Holm. MS Rotterdam and her sister ship MS Amsterdam were co-flagships of Holland America Line (HAL). To the relief of the Rotterdam fans, they kept the classic interiors of the ship exactly as they were in her HAL-days. Her sea trials and handing over to Holland America Line took place on July 20, 1959, just a few months before her maiden crossing of the Atlantic. She arrived in her former homeport Rotterdam in August 2008 and opened to the public in February 2010. The hotel department would be used mainly for those who had to stay in Rotterdam for longer periods because of business or study (exchange programs). (Double-Screw Steamship) Rotterdam (V) . The official opening is on 15 February 2010." So she embarked on a new career after she had been upgraded to meet new SOLAS (Safety of Life At Sea) regulations. Woonbron was forced to sell the ship to the highest bidder and it was feared the Rotterdam would be lost to the Netherlands after all. 1945 hull sunk as blockship by Germans. Finally the name of the company was changed to Holland America Cruises,. Rembrandt was laid up in Freeport, Bahama’s  and it seemed she would end up in the scrapyard soon……. In 1971 HAL changed their funnel colours from yellow with a green-white-green band to orange with a new emblem: three streamlined waves: two blue and a white one. Having been delivered after her Sea Trails, etc., she was manned with officers and crew and fully stocked and made ready for her maiden voyage from Rotterdam on September 3, 1959 to New York City! Suddenly in 1989 HAL was sold to the US Company Carnival Cruise Line from Miami. The name of the company was changed back to Holland America Line. Discover La Grande Dame’s many stories and visit its authentic areas while you are eat, drink, sleep, party, meet or work. Ultimately, the Port ofRotterdam took over he vessel until she would be sold to new owners. In 1961, Rotterdam left New York for her first world cruise during which she would call at twenty ports. Finally a buyer was found when Westcord hotels, a Dutch hotel chain acquired the ship for 30 million euro in 2012. See more ideas about rotterdam, holland america, holland america line. All text and photographs (unless stated otherwise). In 1997, Carnival Cruise Line came to the conclusion that the ageing Rotterdam didn’t fit in her fleet of modern cruise liners anymore, although she still had a fiercely loyal following. They find the two slender chimneys, instead of the traditional smoking chimney in the middle, a bit too modern at first. The Auditorium aboard the D.S.S. This was an on and off process which was interrupted when RDM’s competitor the Wilton Feyneoord shipyard presented HAL a design of a 20.000GRT passenger vessel which would cost half as much as the planned successor of the, After 21 months the ship was ready to be launched and HRH the Queen of the Netherlands Juliana christened her on Sept. 13 1958. It is the biggest passenger ship ever built on Dutch soil and stands testimony to Dutch craftsmanship. Her career spanned forty-one years. As the manholes of the ship were all open she was at risk to be flooded and sink or capsize in the dock. In her country of birth, the Netherlands, several business men tried to acquire her for use as a static hotel in Amsterdam but this scheme was abandoned as there was no suitable berth available to dock her permanently. the Netherlands in the construction and fitting out process. Zoom.nl is de grootste fotografiecommunity van Nederland. © 2003-2021 Cruise ship Odyssey, Paul Timmerman. It took 21 months to build the vessel. Just under a year later, on Thursday 3 September, 1959, The SS Rotterdam departed on her maiden voyage from Rotterdam to New York. The SS Rotterdam of the Holland-America Line ca 1900. In the Netherlands, housing corporation Woonbron had lost so much money on the ship, appr. Subsequently, she settled into a pattern of cruises in the  Caribbean and Alaska. As mentioned already, the new HAL flagship would have no funnel. She sailed from 1959 until her final retirement in September 2000. Finally, on Dec. 15th 1956 construction of the ship was started. (ship, 1959) Information about the vessel may be found at IMO 5301019. A few passengers were injured and a lot of furniture was damaged but she could continue her world voyage. Her several refits in the 1950s ensured she remained in top condition and continued service despite her being near thirty years of age. SS Rotterdam Passenger Lists 1904-1937. Member. In 1954 the HAL and the RDM resumed the design phase of the new HAL flagship. She sailed from 1959 until her final retirement in September 2000. As the former flagship of the Holland-America Line, ss Rotterdam has sailed the seven seas. Ship Launched Tonnage GRT Notes and references Aire: 1931: 1,108 Sister of Blyth also built by Cammell Laird for Goole-Rotterdam service. 160 million euro’s that the Dutch Government stepped in. Now the Port of Rotterdam Authority found itself in a difficult position. Media in category "Interior of Rotterdam (ship, 1959)" The following 177 files are in this category, out of 177 total. She had been in lay up now for almost 4 years and the warm and damp climate had taken its toll. Her career spanned forty-one years. HAL had had plans for a running mate and eventually a successor to the Nieuw Amsterdam  as soon as this vessel was delivered in 1938. Mar 6, 2018 - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia For other ships of the same name, see List of ships named SS Rotterdam. Rotterdam V, also known as "The Grande Dame," set sail in 1959 and began sailing transatlantic crossings with two classes of service. On the ships bottom a railroad was built to carry heavy machinery parts and electrical equipment to its desired location in the vessel. Rotterdam Year Built: 2021 Years old: 0 Tons: 99500 Speed: 24.0 Length: 935 Beam: 115 Cabins: 1339 Crew: 1025 Passengers: 2666 to 3214 Space Ratio: 31 Total decks: 13 Decks with cabins: 8 Museum and hotel ship SS Rotterdam built 1959 in Rotterdam, 05.01.2016. d140267 (3255) - rotterdam - 2014.07.22 di --- maashaven - 3e katendrechtse hoofd - passagierschiff / hotelschiff / restaurantschiff ss rotterdam (SS Rotterdam deck. Rotterdam. 160 million euro’s that the Dutch Government stepped in. After a stay of three months she was towed to Gdansk, Poland, to be completely refiited to her former glory and have the asbestos still onboard in large plastic bags removed. The Rotterdam is seen almost completed at the Rotterdamsche Droogdok Maatschappij NV (RDM) fit-out berth. They renamed her Rembrandt, relating to her Dutch heritage. The ss Rotterdam is the former flagship of the Holland America Line; it sailed the seas from 1959 until its retirement in 2000. The Queen named her Rotterdam and the bottle of Champagne smashed against her bows. The ship looks fantastic. Her fleetmate Statendam also sailed as a full-time cruise ship from 1969 onwards. The ship would be used as a hotel, museum and pupils of the Albeda college would be able to do their internship aboard to laern professions like welder, painter or even administratibve jobs. Map of Rotterdam Harbor circa 1908. Nov 27, 2019 - Explore William Slattery's board "SS Rotterdam" on Pinterest. The name of the company was changed back to Holland America Line. 1959 Named: ROTTERDAM for N.V. Mailschip "Rotterdam", Rotterdam. Luckily yard personnel was in control of the rapidly rising water level just in time. In 2000, Premier Cruises announced plans to rename all of their vessels Big Red Boat I to IV, they would be painted bright red and sail out of several US ports both on the East and West coast. The SS Rotterdam Ship … She had been in lay up now for almost 4 years and the warm and damp climate had taken its toll. A RDM Photograph – From my personal Collection. In June 2005, housing corporation Woonbron and investment company Eurobalance issued a  peress statement in which they announced they had acquired the ship. It was introduced on the brand new Nieuw Amsterdam 2. Now a floating hotel and museum, the 1,456-passenger Rotterdam had a beloved following for its graceful lines. The maiden voyage of the Rotterdam started on Sept 3rd 1959 when she left the Wilhelminakade for Le Havre, after which she would proceed to Southampton and then to her final destination New York. Rotterdam V, also known as “The Grande Dame” sailed across the Atlantic beginning in 1959 as a two-class ship, transitioning to single-class service 10 years later. She left the port of Rotterdam with Queen Juliana en Prince Bernard onboard and at sea, the RDM officially handed the Rotterdam over to her proud owners, the HAL. Media in category "Interior of Rotterdam (ship, 1959)" The following 177 files are in this category, out of 177 total. All Digitized Passenger Lists For the SS Rotterdam Available at the GG Archives. The RDM had now placed Rotterdam in a subsidiary firm they now wanted to liquidate. It took 24 days to tow her to Gibraltar. Auditorium of the D.S.S. All Rights Reserved. The Rotterdam was docked in the brand new RDM drydock on Dec 9th for “the finishing touch”  and on July 11th she left Rotterdam for her first trials. 9,399: Dinteldyk (2) completed as Ryndam (2) Dinteldyk (3) 1957 Listing Includes Date Voyage Began, Steamship Line, Vessel, Passenger Class and Route. The Auditorium measured 24m x 20m x 5,60m (LxWxH) and by seating 607 persons (including 163 on the balcony) it was the largest ship theater in the world at the time, although the in … She was turned around 90 degrees when the wave hit her. She arrived at the Cammel Laird yard, where asbestos was removed or sealed. As the great HAL Liners, the SS Nieuw Amsterdam passes her as she departs bound for New York in 1959. On Oct 27th 1955, the Holland America Line (HAL) placed an order  at the Rotterdamse Droogdok Maatschappij, a shipyard in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, which mainly repaired and overhauled ships as its core business. 11,195: Dinteldijk (1) 1922: 1940 burnt out in German air attack on Rotterdam. Rotterdam's commercial and strategic importance is based on its location near the mouth of the Nieuwe Maas (New Meuse), a channel in the delta formed by the Rhine and Meuse on the North Sea. The ss Rotterdam is the 'Grande Dame' of Rotterdam. On her maiden voyage she carried the then Crown Princess of the Netherlands to New York. She was  prepared for a long tow to Gibraltar and she left Freeport in June 2004. Rotterdam’s first cruise took place from December 11 1959 until January 29 1960. in September 2000 and since 2008 in us as hotel/museum ship in the port of Rotterdam. A ship can change name and flag state through time, but the IMO number remains the same through the hull's entire lifetime. During a world cruise in 1976, She escaped disaster when she was struck by a 100 ft. wave off the Coast of Marocco. Her farewell cruise was announced which ended on sept 30th in Fort Lauderdale. The start of new memories. The empty hull of the ship was heated in several places  so workers could continue working on the ship throughout the winter. Bow thrusters were fitted in the process, so she could dock without the help of tugs in the future. The Rotterdam was the last great Dutch "ship of state", employing the finest artisans from the Netherlands in her construction and fitting out process. The launch of the ss Rotterdam on September 13 1958 picture J. Groeneveld. This came in handy when the mistress of the Count had to leave the castle silently…. All cabins receieved private facilities in the refit while the total number of passengers was lowered from 1.456 to 1009. The RDM had now placed, In the Netherlands, housing corporation Woonbron had lost so much money on the ship, appr. Listing Includes Date Voyage Began, Steamship Line, Vessel, Passenger Class and Route. Instead of the old fashioned funnel, twin uptakes were placed aft. Forums. As the former flagship of the Holland-America Line, ss Rotterdam has sailed the seven seas. One of the port officers had declared the port of Rotterdam would guarantee this loan. Other Ships and Shipwrecks. View verified cabin reviews and candid photos from the Cruiseline.com community. Four men played a key role in the overall design of the ship: head of the design department of the HAL mr. Van Veen, mr. van Engelen who was HAL’s leading architect, mr. Stapel head engineer of the RDM-yard and HAL president mr. de Monchy who had  a keen interest in the new ship’s interiors. Board dedicated to the steamship Rotterdam of 1959, flagship of the Holland-America Line. Luckily she was saved. Her trials took place in july of 1959 and her first crossing to New York started in Rotterdam on the 3th of september of that year. SS Rotterdam leaving New York assisted by a Moran tug. Michael H. Standart. Mr. van den Nieuwenhuizen had plans for the ship as a museum and hotel at his RDM yard. So the panels in Rotterdam’s stairtower were opened permanently now and the vessel was one-class from now on. All Digitized Passenger Lists For the SS Rotterdam Available at the GG Archives. The start of new memories. In 2010 the SS Rotterdam was converted into a botel in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Rotterdam Lloyd MS Sibajak 1928 to 1959. The Rotterdam was the last great Dutch "ship of state", employing the finest artisans from the Netherlands in her construction and fitting out process. The legendary Rotterdam of the Holland America Line, enjoying a productive retirement in the namesake City of her birth. The crown princess attended several formal activities, like meetings with Dwight Eisenhower, president of the United States and Nelson Rockefeller, the Governor of the State of New York. The fifth SS Rotterdam, known as "The Grande Dame", was launched by Queen Juliana in a gala ceremony on 13 September 1958, and completed the following summer. Rotterdam Passenger Lists 1899-1954. Prices started form $1395 for an inside cabin on B-deck. Further more, the Café de la Paix was transformed in a lido Café, a less formal place where cruise passengers could have lunch, breakfast and afternoon tea/coffe. In may 2003, Rembrandt was bought by a Dutch industrial, Mr. Van den Nieuwenhuizen who was the owner of Rotterdamse Droogdok Maatschappij (Rotterdam Drydock Cy), the yard which had built her in 1959. In 1973 the Rotterdam was in the large da Silva-dock in Lisbon for routine maintenance and a switch of her hull colors from dove-grey to dark blue when one of the walls of the dock collapsed. (a 100% daughter of the "Holland-Amerika Lijn"). Rotterdam (V), 1959 The Auditorium aboard the D.S.S. However, occasionally the yard also built vessels completely from scratch. Inbound from Antwerp to Goole in October 1958 when involved in a collision, was beached and subsequently salved but was found to be a total constructive … Among the guests aboard was then-crown princess Beatrix. It was was painted on Rotterdam’s  “dummy-funnel” mid ships. Were all open she was turned around 90 degrees when the mistress of the Holland America vessel bear. 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