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Herring dishes and peanut trays

The Ceramic Museum Goedewaagen in Nieuw Buinen in the Netherlands had during the summer of 2018 an exhibition ‘Cruise ships in clay operated’, containing Dutch ceramics for the NASM / HAL from the collection of Clive Hellinga. A large number of commemorative plates of the Holland America Line were shown there.
As a collector of little ceremic KLM-houses, the plates appealed to me. When one looks around at flea markets and at, Ebay, Etsy and Bonanza, tiles and plates in all forms and prices will pass by. It not only formed the start of my collection, I also decided to develop a website with the aim to give an overview of the plates.

June 2019
This is the second time about a “by-catch” instead of a newly obtained plate. Two months ago I discussed an ashtray, this month I will speak about a herring dish and four peanut trays First the herring dish.

Herring is traditionally eaten a lot in the Netherlands. As a result, many pottery bakeries made so-called herring trays. Such a tray was often provided with the image of one or more herrings. See for example You can therefore ask yourself whether the dish shown here is a real herring dish. With the knowledge that many in recent years also herring dishes were made as advertising objects or promotional gifts, we can also speak of such a dish here, even though there is no herring in sight. We do, however, see a number of seagulls (have they eaten up the herring?). Also many cranes, (tug-)boats and the bridge, called “De Hef” is depicted. Of course, what matters is the cruise ship Rotterdam. The dish has the caption “Port of Rotterdam”.
Dating the dish is not easy. In the literature, “Liner shipping anchored in memory,” page 138, an identical dish is depicted. The back of that dish, however, also has the Holland America Line logo, namely three stretched waves. The HAL carried that logo from 1973 to 1983. On the reverse side, you see Royal Goedwaagen; that predicate was granted in 1910. If you look at the image, I think the dish dates from the 60th. But of course I am open to a, preferably well-founded, different opinion.
The dish measures 23.3 x 11.5 cm and weighs 295 grams.

The four peanut trays date from more or less the same time. They are almost touching trays! Typically Dutch. Look at the herring cart with the bell gable behind it. Just click on the image! And the tandem. On the back of the tandem is a dog in a wooden clog, on the front of the tandem you see a solex engine. Above left a Dutch windmill and below right a product of the typical “Dutch Design”, a mushroom as a guide! On the third dish we show how big we catch our fish. And if you have not melted away yet, then you do so with the romantic image of the fourth peanut tray.

The little trays each weigh 60 grams and have the dimensions 8 x 8 cm. The reverse side of course mentions Holland America Line with Royal Goedewaagen Gouda, Holland as maker. I don’t know anything about the floral design on the back. Maybe someone can give me information about that.

A remarkable plate, dated 1929

The Ceramic Museum Goedewaagen in Nieuw Buinen in the Netherlands had during the summer of 2018 an exhibition ‘Cruise ships in clay operated’, containing Dutch ceramics for the NASM / HAL from the collection of Clive Hellinga. A large number of commemorative plates of the Holland America Line were shown there.
As a collector of little ceremic KLM-houses, the plates appealed to me. When one looks around at flea markets and at, Ebay, Etsy and Bonanza, tiles and plates in all forms and prices will pass by. It not only formed the start of my collection, I also decided to develop a website with the aim to give an overview of the plates.

May 2019
This month I came in possession of a rare plate.
The Statendam III is depicted on the plate. On April 4, 1929, the ship was handed over to the HAL during the official trial run. On board are more than 300 guests, including HRH Prince Hendrik, seven ministers of the first De Geer cabinet and Mayor Patijn of Rotterdam. The first trip took place on April 11, 1929 and led to New York.
The sign is special because it was issued on the occasion of the insurance of the ship by the RVS. RVS Verzekeringen was a Dutch insurance company operating under that name from 1838 to 2011, now part of the Nationale-Nederlanden. During the majority of the 19th century, the RVS was located at Westerstraat 3 in Rotterdam. In the early 90s of the 20th century, the RVS moved into the new building of Nationale Nederlanden (Delftse Poort), in the smaller of the two towers. In 1995, after the merger with Victoria Vesta, the majority of the staff moved to the Victoria Vesta building in Ede, a stone’s throw from my home. The buildings on Westerstraat had to make way for the construction of the Erasmus Bridge.
The back of the platespeaks for itself, just click on it:
The plate was made by De Porceleyne Fles in Delft. You can tell by the brand.
The Porceleyne Fles was founded in 1653 in Delft. Each item is handpainted and has a mark on the bottom – a pharmacy bottle with the initials JT, Joost Thooft, owner of the company in 1876 intertwined. Below the bottle is the word Delft with a curly capital letter D. On the left are the initials of the painter, in this case an A. Unfortunately I could not find the painter’s name. The letter(s) on the right gives the year code. In this case a Y. The sign dates from 1929, for that year the year letters are BY. A Y was probably considered sufficient in this case. At the bottom is the article number.

Not a plate, but a special ashtray

April 2019
Although this website is about HAL plates, I cannot help displaying this beautiful ashtray.
The photo was sent to me by Clive Hellinga. It shows its newest addition, an ashtray from the 1910/1915. In the center you can see an old Dutch sailing ship, in the distance you can see two more. It was made by Potterij Rembrandt, a pottery factory founded in 1907 by Pieter Cornelis Köhler. He lived from 1896 to 1960, the factory was in Utrecht. The name Rembrandt was probably chosen because of the Rembrandt-year in 1906. Köhler, however, was unsuccessful and moved to Nijmegen in 1908. There he went to work with J.J.H. Oor, but left the collaboration in 1913. In 1917 this factory went bankrupt.
The ashtray contains the text ‘Compliments of the Holland America Line’ and was therefore probably a promotional gift, perhaps a so-called ‘pillow gift’ for the passengers. Something we can no longer imagine, but I remember well how my grandfather smoked his big, powdered cigars and was happy with an ashtray!
The ashtray can be seen in the Goedewaagen Ceramic Museum, Glaslaan 29 in Nieuw Buinen until 01-07-2019 in the exhibition ‘Cruise ships operated in clay’.

I found an unknown plate!

March 2019
The vast majority of the plates are made by Royal Goedewaagen on behalf of the Holland America Line. Many of those plates are predominantly blue in color. But Royal Tichelaar in Makkum has also made plates for the HAL. The latter plates are more colorful and also a bit deeper. Until recently I thought that only two plates from Makkum were known, both from 1983. The baptismal sign of the New Amsterdam and the sign, issued during the Silver Cruise on the Rotterdam, also 1983.

However, recently I found a third plate, made in Makkum. It is a beautiful plate, as the photo below shows.
The inscription is ‘World cruise 1984’. It appears that the name of the ship is not mentioned. I have never seen the sign before and have never encountered it before. I found the sign on the site of the Ottema-Kingma Foundation. It can also be read there that the location of the sign is the Ceramic Museum Princessehof with object number BCT 1217. I would also like to have this plate in my collection. And that is the great thing about a hobby, you keep looking!


Official dedication of Nieuw Statendam by Oprah Winfrey

February 2019, second half
To my surprise, I received an email from Mike Isinger from Richmond, Canada, with a picture of a very special plate. It was presented to Oprah Winfrey, the godmother of the Nieuw Statendam.
The official dedication of the Nieuw Statendam took place on February 2, 2019, Port Everglades at Fort Lauderdale, Florida. After a speech by Orlando Ashford, president of the Holland America Line and a response from Oprah Winfrey, Oprah christened the ship with the traditional words “I name this ship New Statendam. May God bless her and all who sail on her. ”
This happened by smashing the traditional bottle of champagne against the bow of the ship. With that she became the godmother of the ship. Following this ‘Official Dedication’ there was a gala dinner on board the ship. During that evening, guests were invited to contribute to another maritime tradition, pouring champagne over the ship’s bell. Also a sort of blessing of the ship.
By doing so, the same ‘ship bell ceremony’ was also commemorated on the Statendam IV, held on January 23, 1957. At that time  Princess Beatrix, aged 18, sprinkled champagne over the bell during the dedication ceremony during the inaugural trip across the North Sea.

25th Around The World Cruise


January 2019
The year 2019 has started well. I could add a beautiful plate to my collection. It shows the Rotterdam on its 25th World Cruise. It is the year 1986. Many places were visited, the journey lasted 3 months. A total of 26,054 miles (41,930 km) were covered. It is a heavy plate with on the back the mark of Royal Goedewaagen, a crown on a scale. The letters KB are also mentioned. For more info, see World Tours from 1981 to 2001.

The Nieuw Statendam, a new plate

From Ton Rijppaert I received a picture of the plate that was issued this first week of December on board of the Nieuw Statendam to the guests who had witnessed the four-day “trial run” from Venice to Rome.

Plate NIeuw Statendam

On the 29th of November 2018 the official transfer of the New Statendam to the Holland America Line took place at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera (Italy). A four-day ‘trial run’ was made from Venice to Rome (Civitavecchia). The new plate was issued during this trip. We keep an eye on the auction sites!
On December 5th the ship left Civitavecchia for her ‘maiden voyage’. It is a 15-day transatlantic crossing to Fort Lauderdale, the home port in the USA. On the cruise, Cartagena and Malage (both Spain) are visited and Funchal (Madeira). Spring 2019 the ship will return to Europe. From the 5yh of  May 2019, cruises will be made to the Norwegian Fjords, the Baltic Sea, Iceland and the North Cape.
As soon as the physical plate is part of the collection, it will be included under ‘inaugural plates’.

An unglazed acquisition

The most recent acquisition is an inaugured plate from the Zuiderdam 2002. Upon receipt, the plate turned out not glazed. That is strange, so what to do? Well, contact the Goedewaagen Museum (Friggo Visser) and explain the matter to him. It must be a rejected copy that has not been destroyed like it should have been, but was taken away and subsequently placed on the market. All Goedewaagen plates for the HAL are given a glazed decoration. I can not determine what the reasons for rejection of this plate can be, so I give it a place in my collection. It feels a bit like a ‘misprint’ that is unique because of his misprint.

A plate ‘Farewell Dinner 1967’ scored (menu-plate)

I have been able to add a menu-plate to my small collection. The plate served as a menu at the Farewell Dinner on the Rotterdam in 1967.
If you click on it, you can view the flags of the eighteen countries that were visited during that trip around the world. We tried to trace the countries on the basis of the flags. Clockwise. The first five are Spain, France, Italy, Greece and Syria. Then there will be a flag that we can not figure out. (Who knows which country it is?). Then we continue with India, Sri Lanka and Malaysia. We are about half way and see the flags of Signapore and Thailand. Then again one that we do not know (yet). The last series consists of Great Britain, Taiwan, Japan, Mexico, Panama and finally the United States.
More information about this board can be found on the back. There is written ‘Farewell Dinner on board SS “Rotterdam”  Holland America Line Around-the-world Cruise Jan. 24 – Apr. 13, 1967 Royal Goedewaagen Gouda-Holland’. The plate has been included in the collection under World Tours until 1981.

From family history to collecting HAL commemorative plates

What motivates you to make a cruise like my wife and I did in 2018? That is a piece of family history. The father of my wife, Marijke Rienderhoff is her maiden name, worked in the fifties of the last century with Shell in Venezuela. It was not uncommon at that time that you did a trip to such a country by ship. The proof of this was found in our family archive, a menu of a ‘Private Dinner in remembrance of the pleasant voyage on board MV’ Westerdam, Saturday, March 11th 1950. Captain D. Bregman’. The ship was the Westerdam I. We know that not only because of the menu, but also because we found a metal plate with an image of the Westerdam. Later it turned out the metal plate was part of a paperweight. The heavy glass section will undoubtedly have fallen into pieces and the rest will be removed, but the image of the Westerdam still looks fine. The voyages were from the Netherlands to Venezuela and back were not only in 1950. There are slides from Marijke, about 2 years old, around 1954, on her mother’s arm on a ship. Whether this ship is also the Westerdam is not clear to us. Maybe others recognize the ship. Even when she was about four years old, she was photographed playing on the deck of a (cruise) ship or a cargo ship with passenger accommodation.
And so it is that we thought ‘let’s take a cruise to feel what that is’. Since then I collect commemorative plates of voyages from the Holland America Line.