25 years ago, on September 30 1997, the ss Rotterdam ended her career of 38 years for Holland America Line (HAL). Her last voyage was from Vancouver to Fort Lauderdale. From december 1997 till September 2000 she sailed as ss Rembrandt for Premier Cruises. In 2008 she arrived in the city of Rotterdam for a new career as a hotel/congress centre. Since 2013 she is part of WestCord Hotels.
In July our volunteers finished two projects: the restoration of a locker with fire hose on C deck and the navigation lights on Boat deck. On the pictures you see our volunteers Ton Lenselink and Jan Tjassens Keiser restoring the firehose locker and Koos Sanderse restoring the navigation lights.
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.
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 of Holland America Line in 1997 the painting was transfered to the ms Rotterdam VI. In 2020 Fred Olsen Cruise Lines bought the ship and gave her the name of Borealis. Mr. Fred Olsen sr. has agreed that the painting should be brought back to its original place on the ss Rotterdam. We are very grateful to him and to captain Victor Stoica and his staff to give us the opportunity to bring the painting back to the ss Rotterdam. We also thank captain Albert Schoonderbeek who realized in cooperation with our foundation the return of the painting.
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 metal wires carefully.
Picture Henk Salij
In November 1984 Mr and Mrs George Wilde made a cruise in the Caribbean on the ss Rotterdam. They documented their cruise perfectly on a website that presents an extensive impression of life on board the ss Rotterdam in the eighties. We really appreciate all the work they have done and their courtesy to share it with us. Please visit the website: Wilde Adventures