About the ships

The Maasdam In 1883, the ship named Maas was renamed in Maasdam.
The Maas had a gross register tonnage of 1,705. The Maasdam IV, on the other hand, of 15.024. The ships named Maasdam were in the service of the NASM / HAL the following periods :
– Maasdam I, 1873-1884
– Maasdam II, 1889-1902
– Maasdam III, 1921-1941
– Maasdam IV, 1952-1968
– Maasdam V, from 1993
See also the fleet list of the Vereniging De Lijn
In collection: Clive Hellinga


The (New) Amsterdam The first ship named Amsterdam was built in 1879.
It had a gross register tonnage of 2,949. The Nieuw Amsterdam IV, built in 2010, has a gross register tonnage of no less than 86.700. The vessels with the name (New) Amsterdam were the following periods in the service of the NASM / HAL:
– Amsterdam I, 1880-1884
– Amsterdam II, 1887-1905
– Nieuw Amsterdam I, 1906-1932
– Nieuw Amsterdam II, 1938- 1974
– New Amsterdam III, 1983-2003
– New Amsterdam IV, from 2010
See also the fleet list of the Vereniging De Lijn
In collection: Clive Hellinga


De Noordam
The first ship named Noordam was built in 1902.
It had a gross register tonnage of 12,528. The Noordam IV, built in 2006, has a gross register tonnage of no less than 82,500. The ships with the name Noordam were the following periods in the service of the NASM / HAL:
– Noordam I, 1902-1928
– Noordam II, 1938-1963
– Noordam III, 1984-2004
– Noordam IV, from 2006
See also the fleet list of the Vereniging De Lijn
In collection: Clive Hellinga


De Rotterdam The first ship named Rotterdam was built in 1872. It had a gross register tonnage of 1,684. The Rotterdam VI, built in 1997, has a gross register tonnage of 59,652. The ships with the name Rotterdam were the following periods in the service of the NASM / HAL:
– Rotterdam I, 1873-1883
– Rotterdam II, 1886-1895
– Rotterdam III, 1897-1906
– Rotterdam IV, 1902-1928
– Rotterdam V, 1959-1997
– Rotterdam VI, from 1997
See also the fleet list of the Vereniging De Lijn
In collection: Clive Hellinga


De Rijndam The first ship named Ryndam was built in 1901. It had a gross register tonnage of 12,527. The Rijndam III, built in 1994, has a gross register tonnage of 55.451. The ships with the name Rijndam were the following periods in the service of the NASM / HAL: – Rijndam I, 1901-1929
– Rijndam II, 1951-1972
– Rijndam III, 1994-2015
See also the fleet list of the Association De Lijn
In collection : Clive Hellinga


The Statendam The first ship named Statendam was built in 1898.
It had a gross register tonnage of 10,491. The Statendam VI, built in 2018, has a gross register tonnage of no less than 99,500. The ships with the name Statendam were the following periods in the service of the NASM / HAL:
– Statendam I, 1898-1910
– Statendam II, 1917 Soon became troop transport ship Justicia (England). 19 July 1918 torpedoed by UB 64. Heavily damaged. July 29, torpedoed by U 54 and sunk.
– Statendam III, 1929-1940
-Statendam IV, 1957-1983
– Statendam V, 1993-2015
– Statendam VI, from 2018
See also the fleet list of the Vereniging De Lijn
In collection: Clive Hellinga
From the board shown below I only have a picture:
The Statendam VI is officially called the ‘Nieuw Statendam’. With a length of 297m, a beam of 35m, the ship has 12 decks and a capacity of 2650 passengers and 1036 crew members.


De Veendam The first ship named Veendam was built in 1871.
It had a gross register tonnage of 3.707. De Veendam, built in 1996, has a gross register tonnage of 55.451. The ships with the name Veendam were the following periods in the service of the NASM / HAL:
– Veendam I, 1888-1898
– Veendam II, 1923-1953
– Veendam III, 1973-1984
– Veendam IV, from 1996
See also the fleet list of the Vereniging De Lijn
In collection: Clive Hellinga


De Westerdam The first ship named Westerdam was built in 1946.
It had a gross register tonnage of 12.149. The Westerdam III, built in 2004, has a gross register tonnage of 81,811. The ships with the name Westerdam were the following periods in the service of the NASM / HAL:
– Westerdam I, 1946-1964
– Westerdam II, 1988
– Westerdam III, from 2004
See also the fleet list of the Vereniging De Lijn
In collection: Clive Hellinga


Plates as shown above are not known from the following cruise ships:
Eurodam
Koningsdam
Oosterdam
Prinsendam
Zuiderdam
Zaandam


A tradition of excellence

In the 1980s the cruise market started to profile themselves under the name ‘Ocean Liner Services’. This included the motto ‘tradition of excellence’. Thus reference was made to the old, large passengerships of the past with their style and comfort. That appealed to the wealthy people who could afford the luxury of expensive cruises. All three plates are in the Clove Hellinga collection



Plates, for sale as souvenirs in the 60s:
The New Amsterdam in New York in front of the Statue of Liberty:
The Rotterdam in New York in front of the Statue of Liberty:
The Statendam in New York in front of the Statue of Liberty:

All three signs are in the Clive Hellinga collection


Rotterdam, plates of which I am missing information: All three signs are in the collection of Clive Hellinga