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.
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 and WestCord Hotels, our foundation has initiated a survey of the mural in the Grand Ballroom. Now we are raising funds for the restoration of the mural and other artworks. Donations are very welcome on: INGB NL28 0000 0195 95; BIC: INGBNL2A. 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), made by Cuno van den Steene Picture made by Klaas Krijnen
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On November 26 Nico Guns presented to Jennifer Westers the first copy of the book ‘ss Rotterdam A world class heritage’. This book is a translated and extended version of a previous Dutch edition. It is for sale in the Lynbaanshop on board and in bookshops...read more
During November the Ocean Bar has been transformed into the Ocean Wine Bar. We took part in de process by giving advise about furniture and restoring the cupboards behind the bar. Some of the doors of the cupboards were missing and the decoration had been damaged...read more
On September 11 1959 the ss Rotterdam finished her maiden voyage from Rotterdam to New York. Princess Beatrix used the maiden voyage to attend the Hudson festivities. 350 years ago Henry Hudson sailed on the river that afterwards was named after him. At 8 AM Princess...read more