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Celebration of the launch

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...

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Launch ss Rotterdam

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....

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# 300 at the end of August 1958

# 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...

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Royal trials

Royal trials

During the official trials on August 20 1959 Queen Juliana hoisted the flag of the Holland America Line on the ss Rotterdam. With this symbolic act the ss Rotterdam was handed over by the Rotterdam Drydock Company to Holland America Line. With courtesy of Holland...

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10 years ago the ss Rotterdam came home

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...

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# 300 in July 1958

# 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...

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Enrichment engine room tour

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...

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# 300 in June 1958

# 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...

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New items on the ss Rotterdam

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...

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# 300 in May 1958

# 300 in May 1958

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...

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