Welcome to the website of the Friends of steamship Rotterdam
In 2001 we started striving for a new life for the ss Rotterdam in the Rotterdam harbour. The ss 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, numbered among the most successful liners ever sailing the seven seas. The ship has largely kept her original character and remains in good condition. Housing company Woonbron has given her a profound refurbishment by which she can service as a static liner for many years. Please explore our 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. WestCord Hotels are the owners since June 2013.
Explore the ship in a 3D tour, made by Jaap Pameyer (www.fotorondleiding.nl): 3D tour ss Rotterdam
Please visit the website of the operators www.ssrotterdam.nl for information about possibilities on board.
Picture Jan-Willem Koene
Art-restoration fund for the ss Rotterdam
The ss Rotterdam has many artworks. Some of them have to be restorated in cooperation with the Cultural Heritage Agency and the training Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage of the University of Amsterdam. We are raising funds for the restoration. Donations are very welcome on: INGB NL28 0000 0195 95; BIC: INGBNL2A. on behalf of Stichting behoud stoomschip Rotterdam. Please mention: Donation to Art restoration fund. When using Paypal please mention: email@example.com
The mural Aegean Sea in the Grand Ballroom, former Ritz Carlton, by Cuno van den Steene has partly been restorated (picture Klaas Krijnen).
Restorators Marjan de Visser and Noa Kollaard restorated the painting of Martinus Schouman that has been brought back to the captain’s dayroom.
We are investigating the posibilities to conservate and expose the artworks Cock and Fish of Dick ten Hoedt.
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The ss Rotterdam in Rotterdam Discovery
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...read more
The ss Rotterdam in Madurodam
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...read more
# 300 in April 1958
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...read more