Welcome to the website of the Friends of steamship Rotterdam

In 2001 we started striving for a new life for the ss Rotterdam in the Rotterdam harbour. The ss Rotterdam came into service for Holland-America Line as their flagship in 1959. Built by the Rotterdam Drydock Company, she is the largest passenger liner ever built in the Netherlands, numbered among the most successful liners ever sailing the seven seas. The ship has largely kept her original character and remains in good condition. Housing company Woonbron has given her a profound refurbishment by which she can service as a static liner for many years. Please explore our website for more information about the history of the ss Rotterdam. Steamship Rotterdam Foundation, alias Friends of steamship Rotterdam, continues her activities including securing a lasting preservation and use in a culturally and historically responsible manner. We are not the owners or operators of the ship. WestCord Hotels are the owners since June 2013.

Please visit the website of the operators www.ssrotterdam.nl for information about possibilities on board.

Picture Jan-Willem Koene

Art-restoration fund for the ss Rotterdam

The ss Rotterdam has many artworks. Some of them have to be restorated in cooperation with the Cultural Heritage Agency and the training Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage of the University of Amsterdam and WestCord Hotels. We are raising funds for the restoration. Donations are very welcome on: INGB NL28 0000 0195 95; BIC: INGBNL2A. on behalf of Stichting behoud stoomschip Rotterdam. Please mention: Donation to Art restoration fund. When using Paypal please mention: info@stoomschiprotterdam.nl

The mural Aegean Sea in the Grand Ballroom, former Ritz Carlton, by Cuno van den Steene (picture Klaas Krijnen)

Recently we found two lost artworks Cock and Fish of Dick ten Hoedt. They came from the tourist class grillroom. Thanks to captain Hans Mateboer they are back on the ss Rotterdam after 40 years. They need restoration, so your donation is very welcome!

 

Pictures made by captain Hans Mateboer

 

 

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Wooden boxes on the bridge wings

Wooden boxes on the bridge wings

Our volunteer Jan Fahner restored two wooden boxes on the bridge wings. The boxes were used to store nautical instuments. One of the boxes was found in a bad condition when the renovation of the ship was finished. Jan restored it and made a new second one.

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Painting by Martinus Schouman back to the ss Rotterdam

Painting by Martinus Schouman back to the ss Rotterdam

Today Captain Victor Stoica of the ms Borealis handed over the original painting of Martinus Schouman to the chairman of our foundation. The painting came from the ss Rotterdam V where it decorated the captains dayroom since 1959. When the ss Rotterdam left the fleet...

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Het Zonneschip restored

Het Zonneschip restored

The artwork Het Zonneschip (The Sunship) of the artist Willem Akkermans is an eye catcher in the Skyroom on Bridge deck of the ss Rotterdam. Through the years parts of the metal wires have disappeared. Our volunteers Henk Salij and Ton Lenselink have restored the...

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