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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Friends of steamship Rotterdam have restored a part of the sliding walls that were used during liner voyages to separate two classes. Picture Jan-Willem Koene...read more
In the Ambassador room, volunteers of our foundation have restored parts of the original trellis work at the bar and at the platform where so many musicians have been playing their music.The trellis work was removed during the refurbishment of the ship and found back...read more
On Wednesday May 27 one of the three airscoops has been replaced on the forecastle of the ss Rotterdam. When build three airscoops were placed to provide fresh air in the boatswains store and engine room for the capstans and anchor winches. Rough weather at sea proved...read more