10 years ago the ss Rotterdam came home

On August 4 it is 10 years ago that the ss Rotterdam came back to her birthplace. She came from Wilhelmshaven where the ship was renovated during two years. Even so it took 18 months before the renovation was finished in Rotterdam. Picture: Klaas Krijnen

# 300 in July 1958

At the end of July 1958 the superstructure was ready up to the level of the Sundeck. The anchor machinery is being placed and the breakwater is ready. Work is being done on the top of the shafts to the two forward holds.

The second picture shows the temporarily roof over the Promenadedeck, to prepare for the laying of the teak deck on what is now the Lidodeck. The aft end of the Upper-Promenadedeck, Boatdeck and Sundeck can clearly be seen.

Enrichment engine room tour

This week our volunteers installed three screens with pictures near the steering machine. The pictures show the bridge, the steering machine, propellors, rudder and kitchen. Because the exposition room has been used as tailor’s shop, a picture has been added of the tailors at work. The screens were sponsored by WestCord Hotels. The pictures can be seen at the end of the engine room tour from Wednesday till Sunday. The pictures on the screens were made bij Nelson Arnstein, Hans Hoffmann and Klaas Krijnen.

Pictures by Klaas Krijnen


# 300 in June 1958

At the end of June 1958 the front of the superstructure of the ship has grown till Boatdek. In the grooves in the front of Promenadedeck the derricks will be placed.

The second picture shows the back of the ship. The tub of the swimming pool is clearly visible on Promenadedeck. The shed on Boatdeck is situated on the balcony of the future Ritz Carlton.


New items on the ss Rotterdam

Our volunteers took care of some new items on the ss Rotterdam:

A fine model of the ss Nieuw Amsterdam (1938) has been restored by one of our volunteers. The model comes from the inheritance of Mrs. Rita Brassart (USA). The poster above has been donated by one of our contributors. It can all be found in our museum on C-deck. Picture Klaas Krijnen

A replica of the bronze plaquette of the Rotterdam Drydock Company has been mounted above the main maneuvering panel in the engine room. Picture Koos Sanderse

A flashlight has been mounted on its original place on the Bridge. Picture Klaas Krijnen

A boatswain’s whistle has been placed in the speaking tube to the captain’s cabin. Picture Klaas Krijnen

A vintage hometrainer was donated to us by one of our contributors. It has found a place in the inside swimming pool. Picture Klaas Krijnen