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Builders’ plates

Builders’ plates

When the ss Rotterdam left the Holland America Line fleet in 1997 some engineers took builders’ plates from the engine room as a souvenir. We are glad they did it, because who knows what had happened to the plates during the stay at the Bahama’s and during...

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Lions and periscope

Lions and periscope

Our volunteers restored the lions in the arms of the city of Rotterdam on B-deck and polished the brass periscope on the bridge. The arms of the city of Rotterdam by Nico Witteman on B-deck    picture Klaas Krijnen During restoration   picture Jan-Willem Koene The...

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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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