The officers bar on Sun deck was called the Meerpaal. In 1997 the bell of the bar was taken to the new Rotterdam VI. When that ship was sold to Fred Olsen Cruise Lines the bell was taken to the new Rotterdam VII. Captain Bas van Dreumel of the Rotterdam VII decided that the bell should be brought back to the Rotterdam V. His second officer Wessel Brinkman handed the bell over to the chairman of the Friends of steamship Rotterdam. The Friends will give the bel a special place near the former Meerpaal on Sun deck.
Wessel Brinkman and chairman Klaas Krijnen with the bell of the Meerpaal (picture Harry Hobma)
Officers bar the Meerpaal with the bell until 1997 (picture collection Roel Valbracht)