ss Rembrandt in Rotterdam

Today 20 years ago the ss Rotterdam visited Rotterdam with the name ss Rembrandt. It was for the first time since she left Rotterdam on October 6 1971.

pictures Klaas Krijnen

Celebration of the launch

On September 13 festivities took place on the ssRotterdam to celebrate that the ship was launched 60 years ago by Queen Juliana. Mrs. Agaath Reuchlin repeated the explanation her father, director of Holland America Line in those days, gave about the design of the ss Rotterdam. Former employee of the Rotterdam Drydock Company Evert van der Schee told us about the enormous works that were done to built the ss Rotterdam. Photographer Daniel van de Ven shared his remembrance of the christening and launch by Queen Juliana.

Former employees of the Rotterdam Drydock Company arrive with the Dockyard V. Pictures by Maarten and Klaas Krijnen

Mrs Agaath Reuchlin repeated the speech her father gave during the building of the ship. Picture Jan-Willem Koene

Evert van der Schee told us about his experiences at the Rotterdam Drydock Company. Picture Jan-Willem Koene

Photographer Daniel van de Ven shared his secrets about taking the ultimate pictures. Picture Jan-Willem Koene

The exact moment of the launch, 4.40 PM, was celebrated with a long blast on the horns of the ss Rotterdam and the Dockyard V. One of the ships of Port of Rotterdam provided for a water ballet. Pictures Jan-Willem Koene

The Dockyard V offered the opportunity to make short trips around the Maashaven with magnificent views of the ss Rotterdam. Pictures Klaas Krijnen

Pictures Jan-Willem Koene

During the evening of September 13 2018 the ss Rotterdam lay shining in her homeport. Pictures Hans Hoffmann


Launch ss Rotterdam

On September 13 it was 60 years ago that Queen Juliana christened and launched the ss Rotterdam at the Rotterdam Drydock Company (RDM).

picture RDM

picture J.Groeneveld

picture RDM

picture J. Wijdenes

picture J. Groeneveld

picture J. Wijdenes

# 300 at the end of August 1958

On August 29, two weeks before the launch, the construction of the ss Rotterdam was far advanced. The first picture shows the forward deck that is almost ready. Behind it the construction of the superstructure can be seen up to the Sundeck. The spare anchor is already on its place. In front of the bow the platform is being constructed where Queen Juliana will christen and launch the ship on September 13 1958.

The second picture shows the temporarily covered Promenadedeck, were the teak deck is being laid around the outside swimming pool. On the Upper-Promenadedeck men can be seen around the shaft to the engine room, situated next to the Ritz Carlton lounge.