Holland Amerika Lijn

125 Year Holland America Line

Afbeeldingen en korte geschiedenis van de zes schepen met de naam: Rotterdam.


Pictures and historical notes of the six ships with the name: Rotterdam.


s.s. Rotterdam I

Built by Henderson, Coulborn & Co in Renfrew. This ship of 1,694 Brt and a length of 81.8 meter. was in service from 7 September 1872 untill she ran ashore on the coast of the island Schouwen on 26 September 1883 during her 65th voyage from New York to Rotterdam. The ship broke on 12 October 1883 and the wreck was sold on 29 October 1883.

s.s. Rotterdam II

Built by Harland & Wolff in Belfast as s.s. British Empire (3,329 Brt, 122.3 meter long) in 1878. In 1886 purchased from The British Shipowners and renamed into s.s. Rotterdam. She was the first cruiseship of the Company. After the loss of s.s. Edam in September 1895, the ship was renamed into s.s. Edam III untill she was sold to an Italian demolisher in 1899.

s.s. Rotterdam III

Built in 1897 by Harland & Wolff in Belfast (8,187 Brt and 147.06 meter long). After nine years of service, in 1906, sold to Det.Forenede Dampskipselskab in Copenhagen, for which company she sailed as C.F.Tietgen. In 1913 sold to the Russian East Aseatic Co.Ltd and renamed into s.s. Dwinsk. During the First World War, on 18 June 1918, she was torpedoed by the German U-boat U151, 400 miles north-east from Bermuda. One lifeboat with 22 sailors was never found.

 s.s. Rotterdam IV

In 1908 this ship (24,148 Brt. and 203.52 meter long) was built by Harland & Wolff in Belfast and was the largest ship of the Dutch Merchant fleet. During the winterperiods she sailed a Cruise-program in the Mediterranean visiting Palestine and Egypt. During the 1933-1934 season the hull was painted white. In 1917 management decided to lay the ship up, avoiding war-damage. After 32 years of service she was sold to a demolisher in 1940.



 s.s. Rotterdam V

Built by the Rotterdam Drydock Company, 38,645 Brt and 228.12 meter long. She was launched and named by H.M. Queen Juliana and she sailed for 38 years (1959 - 1997) as the Flagship of the Holland America Line. On 30 September 1997 the "GRANDE DAME" was taken out of service and sold to Premier Cruises, for which she will sail as s.s. Rembrandt.

ms Rotterdam VI leaving Amsterdam 30-08-99

m.s. Rotterdam VI

The new flagship (62,000 Brt, 237 meter long) was built by the Fincantieri Shipyard in Venice. After some delays, caused by technical problems, she made her maidenvoyage in November 1997. On 9 December 1997 she was officially named by Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet. On 10 and 11 June 1998 she visited her Home-port Rotterdam.

Pictures: HALlo, Zes maal Rotterdam, Postcards, Private.



s.s. New Amsterdam clearing Pier 5 for s.s. Rotterdam.



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Copyright van der Leek 1998, 1999, 2000.

28 August 1999.

Revised: 8 October 2000.