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Stories from the Sea, Past and Present

Captains from the Past.

Under this sub directory you will find a series of biographies of the old Hal Captains. Those Captains who have since departed for their final voyage towards the horizon.  This is very much a work in progress and it will take a long time to come even near completion. Most pages only have just a photo as of this moment. Various tidbits of information will be added in the coming periods. The more input and feedback I will receive from my readers, the more I can add to each entry. So please the more you respond, the more I can do.

Please note that I am only listing  the captain’s from the long and illustrious past of the company. There is a sub directory  for the current captains and some of my colleagues have graciously consented to have en extended biography to be uploaded. (Some are quite shy and then there is only the company biography) Then there are those  enjoying their retirement. Those  might come later but I would need the individual approval and thus far I have not gotten around to that part of the website.

Most captain’s have now a photo but not everybody yet. Some captain’s also already have a biography. For others I am still searching and compiling. In the old days before the internet and face book, There was not much of publicity unless you were the Master of the largest ships. And even then some captains were very good in remaining under the radar.  You might find that some names are missing. Either I do not have a photo yet or I do not know of their existence (yet). I am slowly going through the company’s voyage books, mustering books and personnel books but that will take some time to complete.

On the right hand side of this page, you will find in alphabetical order the listing as of those names that I am aware off as now.  There will be more coming once I get the total voyage listings together off all the ships. Currently I am trying to piece together each voyage made by any ship in the fleet. Comparing that with the Personnel books reveals those who only took command during fill on voyages and then left the company before they were fully promoted.

The challenge is that before 1881, there are no voyage books in the archives and the voyage books that we have from later years are not all complete. The company’s archive was flood damaged in the 1950’s and a lot of material was lost then.

As off today, I have the voyages of the ships more or less complete to 1950 and thus still a long way to go. Especially as the current cruise ships generate about 600 cruises a year.

I have received in the past year a lot of photos from the captain’s relatives and I will start to upload those in the near future. A heartfelt thank you to all who have done so. I will be in contact again.

November 2019 update:

Captain de Korver

Captain Filppo

 

 

18 Comments

  1. I am pleased to see that your blog is now starting to have information about your great deceased Captains. Over the years, I have looked on Google many times, hoping to find information about Captain Folkert Dobbinga, Sr. I am familiar with his great exploit and initiative in preventing his ship from falling into Nazi hands at the start of World War II. He certainly deserves to be remembered.

  2. Captain Reedijk was indeed my father. If necessary i can supply additional information.
    From 1930 until 1972 : functions, ships, wages etc.
    I sailed with HAL as engineer from 1962-1966 mainly on the ss Rotterdam.

  3. I believe that Captain Johan Diehl was my uncle. I think he lived in Gouda. I can remember meeting him a few times when I was younger, he was a true gentleman.

  4. I have a menu from 1971, Holland American Lines. It has Captain J.V. Diehl Commander at the top.

  5. Who was the Saban Captain of the HAL who wrote the poem on the plaque at Windwardside overlooking the airport?

  6. Captain Albert,
    Deze kapitein van de HAL kwam ik nog tegen op:

    http://www.onderscheidingen.nl/decorandi/wo2/dec_o02.html

    Ooster, CHP Gezagvoerder ter koopvaardij

    Kruis van Verdienste; KB no 2 van 20 juli 1944,

    die als kapitein achtereenvolgens van het ss Breedijk, het ss Leerdam en het ms Sloterdijk gedurende de periode van maart 1941 tot december 1943 op moedige wijze het bevel over deze schepen voerde in gebieden, waar door de oorlogsomstandigheden voortdurend groote gevaren van vijandelijke handelingen werden geloopen.

    bron: ARA 2.16.32 inv, nr. 230

  7. What happened to captain vancouverden??

    • Thank you for reading my blog.

      Capt. Van Coevorden retired in 2004 and is since then spending his time fishing in Alaska.
      He lives in Seattle.

      best regards

      Capt. Albert

  8. David L. Czirr

    April 16, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    I so much enjoy your writings, always looking forward to more.

    The captain on one of my HAL cruises was a Captain Leo van Lanschot-Hubrecht, and I don’t see him listed anywhere. Perhaps I’ve misspelled his name? He was Captain on a Panama Canal cruise I took on Rotterdam V in 1997 I believe.

    Dave

    • Captain Albert

      April 16, 2019 at 6:12 pm

      Thank you for reading my blog.

      Captain Leo is doing really well in his retirement. I have asked him a few times to submit his biography and he is still working on it.
      The moment he comes forward with his stories…………… and he has stories to tell, he will join the ranks of the “immortals” on my blog.

      Best regards

      Capt. Albert

  9. Surprised to see my cousin, Richard Barnard on here. Internet makes for a small world. Very early 50’s I spent a fair bit of time with Jan and his wife Rene, at the time living In Hoekenburglaan ? In Voorburg. My sister had some old photo’s, don’t know if they’re still about.

  10. Captain Albert,
    Could it be captain Roelof ten Kate, who delivered the dss Nieuw Amsterdam at the brookers in Kaohsiung, is missing from ´Captains from the Past´ ?

    Also see: http://www.vandaagenmorgen.nl/kunst-cultuur/4984-ten-kate-een-zeevarend-zondagskind.html

    • Thank you for pointing it out. no I am not forgetting Capt. Ten Kate. But as he only died last year I have not yet uploaded his bio.

      Will be done around Christmas.

      Best regards

      Capt. Albert

  11. We sailed from Port Canaveral transiting the Panama Canal aboard Zaandam in April 16, 2003. The Captain was Ture Lura. His name is not on your list of past masters with HAL. Why is he not listed. His Chief Officer was Sybe de Boer.

    Best regards for a Happy New Year

    David

    • Captain Ture Lura came over together with Captain Halle Gundersen with the Seabourn Sun to Holland America. This then became our Prinsendam. To ensure that Holland America Line standards were introduced and maintained The Prinsendam kept one Norwegian Captain and one Dutch Captain. Capt. Ture Lura was assigned to the Zaandam. He only made a few voyages before he decided to retire as the Holland America Line way of sailing was not what he felt comfortable with. As far as I know, he is not dead yet and thus he is not on the list of Past Captains.

      Best regards

      CApt. Albert

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