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. 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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On December 14, 1956 the keel was laid at the Rotterdam Drydock Company for the biggest ocean liner that ever has been built in The Netherlands. Her name was number 300 until Queen Juliana christened her on September 13, 1958 when the ship was launched.read more
This week our volunteers replaced parts of the baldachin in the Tropic Bar. This replica of the original is nearing completion. The original baldachin was scrapped in 2006/07 during the renovation of the ship. Picture Koos Sanderseread more
Thanks to Strik Stoomketelverhuur N.V. we were able to replace the third airscoop on the forward deck. The original situation has been restored as it was between 1959 and 1961, when Holland-America Line removed the scoops.read more