Welcome to the website of the Friends of steamship Rotterdam
Since 2001 we have been striving for a new life for the ss Rotterdam in the Rotterdam harbour.
The Rotterdam came into service for Holland-America Line as their flagship in 1959. Built by the Rotterdam Drydock Company, she is the largest passenger liner ever built in the Netherlands and is numbered among the most successful liners which ever sailed the seven seas. The ship has largely kept her original character and remains in good condition. The new owners gave her a profound refurbishment so she can be in service as a static liner for many years. Please explore out website for more information about the history of the ss Rotterdam.
Steamship Rotterdam Foundation, alias Friends of steamship Rotterdam, continues her activities including securing a lasting preservation and use in a culturally and historically responsible manner. We are not the owners or operators of the ship.
Since February 15 2010 the ss Rotterdam is open for the public. WestCord Hotels are the owners since June 2013. Please see the website of the operators www.ssrotterdam.nl for information about possibilities on board.
Picture by Jan-Willem Koene
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Our volunteers have restored the magnetic compass on the wheelhouse top. It needed maintenance since a long time. The compass was dismounted, cleaned and varnished back to the original state. We are very proud that the compass stands in all its glory on the wheelhouse...read more
This summer our true contributor Leo Knape celebrated his fiftieth birthday. Overwhelmed by the many presents he received he decided to let us share in it. He handed over to the secretary-traesurer and chairman of the Friends of steamschip Rotterdam a cheque of 500...read more
Today 20 years ago the ss Rotterdam ended her career as flagship of Holland America Line. On September 12 the ship left Vancouver for Fort Lauderdale, where she arrived on September 30 1997.read more