50 years ago last departure from Rotterdam

On October 6 1971 the ss Rotterdam left the harbour of Rotterdam for the last time with her original name. After drydocking she went on a transatlantic voyage to New York. It lasted till October 26,1998, when she returned to Rotterdam as ss Rembrandt.

Picture taken by Henk van Veen on October 6 1971 (collection Klaas Krijnen)

Restauration artwork Queens Lounge

Our volunteers have reached a very satisfying result in restoring the mural artwork in the Queens Lounge. The Queens Lounge of 1959 has been designed by H.P. Mutters Jr. The wooden artwork was made of aspen, with an inlay of several species of wood depicting Fishermen’s Nets. During the renovation in 2009 a fire slackening layer derogated the appearance of the artwork. Our foundation took the initiative to restore the artwork, with the professional advice of the restorators Miko Vasques Dias and Elise Andersson.

The artwork Fishermen’s Nets during restoration showing the first results (picture Koos Sanderse)

The professional restorators Miko Vasques Dias and Elise Andersson showing the result of their experimental restoration (picture Klaas Krijnen)

Our team: Koos Sanderse, Henk Salij, Jan Tjassens Keiser and Ton Lenselink (picture Klaas Krijnen)

Our volunteer Jan Tjassens Keiser removes the old fire slackening layer (foto Koos Sanderse)

Our volunteers at work (picture Henk Salij)

The restoration between whiles (picture Henk Salij)


At anchor

Especially during cruises the ss Rotterdam had to anchor off the harbour. Because of that the anchor gear was a very important provision on board. Our volunteer Jan van Pijkeren produced a documentary film of the manufactoring and use of the anchor gear. Pleas visit our webpage At anchor

At anchor on the roads of Grand Cayman, December 31, 1994 (picture made by Klaas Krijnen)

20 years Friends of steamship Rotterdam

Today, May 4 2021, it is 20 years ago that the Steamship Rotterdam Foundation was founded to save the ss Rotterdam from scrap. Five volunteers started a campaign to make everybody aware of the valuable ss Rotterdam as maritime, cultural and technical heritage. Since the bankruptcy of Premier Cruises in September 2000, who operated the ship as ss Rembrandt since 1997, the ss Rotterdam was laid up in Freeport Bahama’s, with the serious risk of scrapping. After many ups and downs and a long lasting refurbishment by housing company Woonbron the ship returned to Rotterdam in August 2008. Our foundation is co-operating with the present owner WestCord Hotels to secure a sustainable operation of the maritime, cultural and technical heritage.

The ss Rotterdam as ss Rembrandt in Freeport Bahama’s from September 2000 till June 2004 (picture Klaas Krijnen)

2001     2021

The ss Rotterdam as she lays in the Maashaven in Rotterdam since August 2008 (picture Jan-Willem Koene)