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. 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.

Since February 15 2010 the ss Rotterdam is open for the public. WestCord Hotels are the owners since June 2013. Please see the website of the operators www.ssrotterdam.nl for information about possibilities on board.

Become Friend of Steamship Rotterdam!

  • You will support the work of our volunteers on the historic steamship Rotterdam
  • You will be regularly updated about all news about the ship

News

60 years ago

60 years ago

60 years ago the ss Rotterdam was launched by the Rotterdam Drydock Company. Half a year before a lot of work still had to be done to complete the hull. March 15 1958 the level of the Promenadedeck had been reached. On the first picture can be seen that the bow was...

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Builders’ plates

Builders’ plates

When the ss Rotterdam left the Holland America Line fleet in 1997 some engineers took builders’ plates from the engine room as a souvenir. We are glad they did it, because who knows what had happened to the plates during the stay at the Bahama’s and during...

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Lions and periscope

Lions and periscope

Our volunteers restored the lions in the arms of the city of Rotterdam on B-deck and polished the brass periscope on the bridge. The arms of the city of Rotterdam by Nico Witteman on B-deck    picture Klaas Krijnen During restoration   picture Jan-Willem Koene The...

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