s.s Veendam II
November 27, 1951
Rotterdam to New York
via Le Havre, Southampton and Halifax
Beam: 20,5 m
GRT: 15,450 t
Built: 1923 Harland & Wolff, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Operator: Holland Amerika Lijn
Speed: 15 kn
She was built for Rotterdam - New York service.
In May 1940 seized by the German Navy and was used as an accommodation ship
for submarine crews at Gotenhafen and Hamburg.
In 1945 badly damaged by bombing at Hamburg and partially burnt out.
In January 1946 returned to HAL, was repaired at Amsterdam and later
continued on her old route.
She was scrapped in 1953 by Bethlehem Steel Co, Baltimore, the USA.
More Ship Info
15,450 gross tons, length 575ft x beam 57.3ft, two funnels, two masts, twin
screw and a speed of 15 knots. Passenger accommodation for 262-1st, 436-2nd
1,200-3rd class. Built by Harland & Wolff, Glasgow, she was launched on 18th
Nov.1922 for the
Holland America Line.
Her maiden voyage from Rotterdam to New York started on 18th Apr.1923 and
she continued this service until leaving New York on her last crossing to
Rotterdam on 30th Mar.1940. In May 1940 she sustained fire damage at
Rotterdam and was seized by the Germans. Used as an accommodation ship for
submarine crews at Gdynia and Hamburg. Badle damaged by bombing at Hamburg
in 1945. Reconditioned at Amsterdam in 1946 and given accommodation for
223-1st and 363-tourist class passengers, she resumed Rotterdam - New York
sailings on 21st Feb.1947. Her final voyage on this service started on 30th
Oct.1953 and she was then scrapped at Baltimore.
[North Atlantic Seaway by N.R.P.Bonsor, vol.3,p.914] [Great Passenger Ships
of the World by Arnold Kludas, vol.2, p.198]
about the Veendam
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