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 August 20 a completely revised edtion of the book ‘Op reis met de Rotterdam Welcome on board’ has been published by Scriptum. The former edition dated from 2008. It has been updated with recent information and pictures. The book is written in dual...read more
Today the ss Rotterdam left the Rotterdam Drydock Company for her technical trials. During these trials she sailed to the Azores. On August 6 the ss Rotterdam returned to the yard, where she entered drydock for inspection.read more
60 years ago the sea going tug Elbe came into service. Together with the Clyde she was the most powerful tug of L. Smit en Co’s Internationale Sleepdienst in 1959. On Saturday April 6 she visited the ss Rotterdam, that is celebrating her 60th birthday too. Both...read more