On May 28 1958 the construction of # 300 has progressed. The first picture shows the front of the Promenadedeck. The bollards are in place and the construction for the anchor chains has been started. The front of the deck house on the Promenadedeck has been placed and the Upper-Promenadedeck is under construction. The balcony of the theatre can already be seen.
The second picture shows the aft end of the Promenadedeck. It seems that the end of the deck is not at the length as when the ship was delivered. In the rectangular hole in the deck the stairs to the Lower-Promenadedeck will be placed. In the big hole behind it, the outside swimming pool will be built. The other hole is the shaft to the laundry on C-deck and the refregerating hold on D-deck. The front of the deck house is the present Lido restaurant. Above this deck, the Upper-Promenadedek is under construction.
From today until September 10 a small exhibition can be seen in Rotterdam Discovery beneath Rotterdam Tourist Information, next to the Schielandshuis and the Coolsingel in Rotterdam. Theme of the exhibition is the launch of the ss Rotterdam in September 1959 and her history until now. The exhibition has been created by our foundation in corporation with WestCord Hotels. Pictures Klaas Krijnen.
Last winter the model of the ss Rotterdam in Madurodam has been renovated. Since the sixties the model has been an eye catcher in this miniature city in The Hague. In 2006 the model was renovated in corporation with the Steamship Rotterdam Foundation. Pictures by Maarten Krijnen.
At the end of April 1958 the building of the hull of the ss Rotterdam was far advanced. On the forward deck the bollards are being placed. Behind the sign RDM 300 the shafts of the two forward holds can be seen. In the background the Upper-Promenadedeck is under construction.
At the stern the tub of the outside swimming pool can be seen. Behind it the shafts to the third hold and to the engine room are visible.
On April 15 the Citroen ID/DS Club Nederland organized a meeting of Pike cars at the quay of the ss Rotterdam. The model dates from 1955. Pictures made by Jan-Willem Koene.
The ss Rotterdam departs from New York in April 1993 (picture Klaas Krijnen)