Volunteers at work

When the renovation of the ss Rotterdam was finished in 2010 still a lot of work had to be done to restore authentic elements. Our volunteers have been working on that through the years, using original materials that were found on the ship. Their craftmanship and enthusiasm have delivered many valuable results. By the way, they still going on! We show a part of the results here.

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Standing from left to right: Aart Leemans, Ton Lenselink, Jim Luteijn, Jan Tjassens Keiser, Bertus van de Vis, Alfons Croes; sitting from left to right: Henk Salij and Koos Sanderse. Not on the picture are Jan Egberts, Jan Fahner and Paul van Ommeren.  Picture Jan-Willem Koene

Passenger cabin and crew quarters on C-deck in the former laundry

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Pictures Jan-Willem Koene

Rebuilding sliding wall and fence on Upper-Promenadedeck

Duiring liner voyages first class passengers were separated from tourist class passengers bij several sliding walls. During the renovation they have been scrapped. Our volunteers have reconstructed a part of a sliding wall.

An original sliding wall that was hidden behind wooden panelling   picture Jan-Willem Koene

Picture Jan-Willem Koene

The result is a part of a sliding wall. On the left the restorated fence.

Picture Jan-Willem Koene

Restored clocks

Queen’s Lounge  picture Klaas Krijnen

Room 2080 (former cabin 198)  picture Klaas Krijnen

Captain’s dayroom  picture Jan-Willem Koene

Grand Ballroom  picture Klaas Krijnen

Reproduced artwork in inside swimming pool

The reproduced the artwork   picture Klaas Krijnen

Replacing Werkspoor trademark signs in the generator room

The turbo generators were partly produced by Werkspoor. Their four trademark signs on the generators disappeared and have been reproduced.

Picture Koos Sanderse

Picture Jan-Willem Koene

Displaying kitchen machineries and sewing machine

Some machineries from the kitchen have been saved from scrap, as well as some sewing machines and tailor’s worktabels. They are displayed now in the room that was used by the tailors durng the nineties.

Foto’s Jan-Willem Koene

Picture Nelson Arnstein (ca 1988)

Reconstruction of the baldachin in the Tropic Bar

Picture Jan-Willem Koene

Pictures Koos Sanderse

Dressing the ship

Picture Jan-Willem Koene

Rearranging the steering gear room

Thanks to our volunteers the steering gear can be visited now during special tours.

Picture Jan-Willem Koene

Pictures Koos Sanderse

Picture Jan-Willem Koene

Fence on the stairs to the inside swimming pool

The entrance to the pool was closed by a fence. The fixed part of it has been replaced.

Picture Jan-Willem Koene

Restorating the lanterns and replacing the fence behind the platform and on the bar in de Ambassador Room

Picture Jan-Willem Koene

The original situation when the bar was closed  picture Jan-Willem Koene (1999)

The 36 lanterns had to be restorated  picture Klaas Krijnen

Rigging the derricks

Pictures Koos Sanderse

Replacing shuffleboard and quoits

Pictures Klaas Krijnen

Picture Koos Sanderse

Picture Klaas Krijnen

Picture Koos Sanderse

Replacing the boat station signs

Pictures Aart Leemans

Pictures Klaas Krijnen

The captains gallery on Maindeck

Picture Klaas Krijnen

Replacing the aluminum plating at the doors of the elevators and painting the doors red

Picture Koos Sanderse

Picture Klaas Krijnen

Sanding and lacquering the rails

Pictures Koos Sanderse

Reconstructing the Lynbaan showcase

The Lynbaan showcase in 1997  picture Leon Beesemer

Pictures Henk Salij

Picture Jan-Willem Koene

Rebuilding monitor with real time chart on the bridge

Pictures Jan-Willem Koene

Replacing three ventilation shafts

When the ss Rotterdam was built three ventilation shafts were placed on the forecastle to provide the boatswain’s shops with fresh air. But the shafts did also provide the shops with seawater when the ship was in heavy seas. So the shafts were quickly removed. Now the ship is not going to sea anymore the shafts can be replaced. First we had to find them somewhere! Thanks to Interdam, Balck Shiprepair and De Gier Cranes we were able to replace two of them.

Pictures Jan-Willem Koene