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Radio Direction Finder

Radio Direction Finder

On the bridge a Radio Direction Finder (RDF) is connected to an antenna on the wheelhouse top. The RDF was compulsory until the end of the nineties of the former century. It was introduced before Decca, Loran-C and GPS came into use. With the RDF one could find the...

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Compass has been restored

Compass has been restored

Our volunteers have restored the magnetic compass on the wheelhouse top. It needed maintenance since a long time. The compass was dismounted, cleaned and varnished back to the original state. We are very proud that the compass stands in all its glory on the wheelhouse...

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Special donation by Leo Knape

Special donation by Leo Knape

This summer our true contributor Leo Knape celebrated his fiftieth birthday. Overwhelmed by the many presents he received he decided to let us share in it. He handed over to the secretary-traesurer and chairman of the Friends of steamschip Rotterdam a cheque of 500...

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The end of an Era

The end of an Era

Today 20 years ago the ss Rotterdam ended her career as flagship of Holland America Line. On September 12 the ship left Vancouver for Fort Lauderdale, where she arrived on September 30...

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Historical halyard back on the ss Rotterdam

Historical halyard back on the ss Rotterdam

On September 23 Philip Hilgersom brought back a special showcase to the ss Rotterdam. It contents the halyard that Queen Juliana used when hoisting the houseflag of Holland America Line (HAL) during the official tryals on August 20 1959. The hoisting of the houseflag...

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Work in progress

Work in progress

The renovation of the teakdeck on Upper-Promenadececk aft continues. In the meantime visitors are welcome! July 22 2017 Picture Ryan Derks July 30 2017 Picture Klaas Krijnen Picture Ryan Derks, August 6 2017 Picture Ryan Derks, August 6 2017 Picture Ryan Derks, August...

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Maintenance

Maintenance

On the ss Rotterdam maintenance is going on. The painter on Boatdeck is being supported by a remarkable daredevil at the front of the ship…. Picture Jan-Willem Koene Picture Ryan Derks A painter at work on Boatdeck starboard. Picture Ryan...

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Bronze of Queen Juliana is back

Bronze of Queen Juliana is back

The bronze of Queen Juliana has been replaced at the entrance of the Queens Lounge. It was a gift of the Rotterdam Drydock Company, in remembrance of the christening of the ss Rotterdam by Her Majesty on September 13 1958. The bronze was designed by Pieter de Monchy....

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Renovation Upper-Promenadedeck

Renovation Upper-Promenadedeck

The aft end of the Upper-Promenadedeck is being renovated. The teak deck was in a very bad condition. Now the wood has been removed the lengthening of the steel deck in about 1986 can be seen. Other interesting historical facts are the ‘diamond plate’ for...

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