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Post War Dutch Immigration Memorabilia

Groote Beer June 18, 1952 - Groote Beer June 19,1953  - Groote Beer August 10, 1953
s.s. Maasdam April 26, 1957 -
s.s. Maasdam May 29, 1959 - s.s. Ryndam April 9, 1959
m.v. Seven Seas February 13. 1957 -  s.s. Veendam November 27, 1951

s.s Veendam II
November 27, 1951
Rotterdam to New York
via Le Havre, Southampton and Halifax

Length: 176,5 m
Beam: 20,5 m
GRT: 15,450 t
Built: 1923 Harland & Wolff, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Operator: Holland Amerika Lijn
Speed: 15 kn
Passengers: 1,898
Sister ship:
Volendam (I)

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]


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