Note: Although Captain Bouman rose to the rank of Commodore with Holland America there is very little known about him of his early years and family life; also not much in the company archives, except for his final 3 years on the ss Rotterdam V. So if anybody who reads this has any information, photos etc. etc. especially from his earlier days, please contact me on CaptAlbert1@aol.com
Name: Bouman; Coenraad
Born: 01 September 1897, Maasluis, The Netherlands (City just west of Rotterdam).
The Father was Geert Hendrik Bouman Vice Inspector of the Dutch Shipping Inspection and his mother was named Jenneke Mensinga. They were living at Harienstraat 158 Rotterdam in 1915. Religion: Dutch Reformed. His father had started out as a sailing ship captain and then spent the last 25 years of his career with the Dutch Shipping Inspection.
Pupil of the Kweekschool voor de Zeevaart at Amsterdam. Taken in on 17 September 1913. Capt. Bouman was at school very good at mathematics and on 16 July 1914 he obtains the 2nd price in practical Navigation and modern seamanship. Plus he receives the crossed golden anchors insigne for being the best behaved and most skilled pupil of his class. And in 1915 (class 2B) missed the school prize (Navigational Octant) by 0.5 points. Finished school as nbr 5 of an intake of 72 pupils.) (e)
Lateron his brother would attend the Academy as well.
He was taken on by the Holland America Line for his cadet year and joined the company on 23 July 1915, assigned to the ss Rijndam (I); returning a year later to school on 24 July 1916 with very good report. Obtained his 2rd mates license on 11 October 1916 and was dismissed from the school a day later with full honors. He was rated best of his class for 3 periods and one 2nd for one period of his class during one of the four school periods. Looking at his ratings, it seems he did not like French and geography. He then returned to Holland America as a 4th. officer as was assigned to the ss Noordam (I). He stays until 1920 on the passengerships.
Married on 18 May 1922 at Schiedam Margaretha Diderika Papenhuijzen (born 28 Feb. 1899 – deceased 26 Jan. 1945 at Zeist) She was the daughter of Antonie Marinus Elisa Papenhuijzen en Maartje de Kok. (a) There was one daughter Margot (1925 – 1983) and a son Gerard.
They divorced on 05 October 1933 at Schiedam,
Was awarded in June 1922 a barometer by the Royal Dutch Meterorigical Institute for the good keeping of the weather observation journals on Board. (c.)
On the 8th. of March 1925 he is on board the ss Maasdam (IV) when a fire is reported in the linen room located on the upper tween deck under the accommodation. Smoke is coming out one of the ventilation pipes on deck. The fire teams are assembled and an entry is made, but everybody is pushed back due to the excessive smoke. The captain puts the ship perpendicular on the wind so the wind is sucked out of the accommodation. After 12 hours the fire is finally under control. The cabins of the passengers had burned out, the bulkhead to the hold (loaded with tobacco) had been buckled and the ships fridge deformed. Most likely cause of the fire was the smoking of the Spanish 3rd class passengers under decks. Although this was strictly forbidden it was known that it still happened all the time. The Board of Inquiry commended the actions taken by the captain and the crew.
He remarried on 08 December 1937 with Adriana de Jong (born. 30.12.1902 at Enkhuizen deceased before 1980) daughter of. Dirk de Jong (Estate Agent) and Guurtje Wijdom. (a) she brought in to sons of a previous marriage. They took his last name and one moved to the USA, One to Canada and two stayed in the Netherlands. The daughter moved to England.
He arrived back in the Netherlands on the 6th. of May1940 with the ss Drechtdijk and was thus stuck in the Netherlands for the war period. He took a job with the local “Association for Fruit and Vegetables” and according to himself was able to do some “useful work there”. Because of his position he was able to avoid being deported to Germany,
In 1947 he was promoted to captain on Board the ss Eemdyk (III) being the oldest ship n the fleet and thus the one given to the newest captain.
In February 1950 voyage 18) the ship had been outward bound from Rotterdam to the west coast of America, when during stormy weather heading for America, he had to request tug boat assistance (Thames of Smit Int). During bad weather a hatch cover broke and the steel loaded on the top crashed into the shaft tunnel damaging the shaft and stopping the propeller. The Eemdyk (III) is then towed back to the Netherlands. (9 passengers on board) It stopped in Horta on Feb 9, to obtain a new safety certificate and continued the journey on the 14th.
While captain of the ss Groote Beer he welcomed in July 1952 the 100.000nd dutch emigrant to Canada.
Captain Bouman was known to take the well being of the passengers (nowadays called guests) very seriously and tried to make sure that they were entertained whenever he had the chance to talk to them. For this he had set up a sort of information gathering system whereby he asked the deck officers to supply him with as many tid bits of news or knowledgeable facts, which he could then use during dinner time and socializing.
Although he was stuck in the Netherlands, the company’s seniority count continued, even when not sailing, and thus he was appointed to Commodore on 01 November 1956 as he was by now sailing on the flagship of the fleet the ss Nieuw Amsterdam (II)
On 16 December 1958 he was medically disembarked from the ss Nieuw Amsterdam (II) at Cobh (Ireland) as three of the bridge windows stove in, during a severe storm in the English channel and he glass got into his eye. The chief officer continued the voyage in command to New York. As the ship was scheduled to make a number of cruises from New York before returning to Rotterdam, Captain H. Hogervorst was flown out to fill the gap until Captain Bouman could rejoin in New York on Jan 05th. 1959.
In 1959 he was awarded the “Officer in the Order of Orange Nassau” which is comparable with a British knighthood. He considered that more an order for the ship than for himself.
Highlight of his career was taking out the new flagship the ss Rotterdam (V) in September 1959 after some trial trips in July and August. By know he was past his 60th. birthday but the rules of retirement had just loosend with the option to be able to stay until 65. He made 20 voyages with the ship, including two world cruises (although the 1960 one was officially called the 4 continents cruise)
He was planning to retire in May 1961 to catch up with his reading, but was asked by the company to stay on until September. On 16 September he arrived in Rotterdam for the last time after a regular crossing with the ss Rotterdam (V) and then officially left the company on/September 29. After 46 years with the company.
He returned one more time to the spot lights when on January 1962 10 of the 14 captains of the ss Nieuw Amsterdam were invited to join the ship for the trial trip after the major refit when she went from a 3 class ship to s 2 class ship. He was cited in the newspapers that he did not show up for the groups photos but was much more interested to see what changes had been made to his old ship.
After his retirement he was appointed a member of the Dutch Shipping Board Inquiry. He passed away on 8 July 1980 just short of being 83 years old. He was cremated locally in Oestgeest.
- E.A. Kruidhof
- Yearbook 2017-2018 Kweekschool voor de Zeevaart via VOK
- Dutch contemporary newspapers via search engine Delpher.
- Stamboeken and muster lists Holland America archives as held by the Municipal archives of the City of Rotterdam.
- Comprtementen boeken van de Kweekschool voor de Zeevaart.
Sailing List: (d)
Date: Function: Ship: Wages and/or remarks.
23 Jul. 1915 Cadet Officer Rijndam 20,–
18 Dec. 1915 Temporary dismissed, scheduled for the Noorderdijk.
23 Dec. 1915 Cadet Officer Noorderdijk 20,–
29 Jul. 1916 Dismissed to go to school to obtains 3rd mate license
11 Oct. 1916 Passed exam for 3rd Mate
12 Oct. 1916 4th. Officer Noordam 30,–
23 Apr. 1917 Temporary dismissed for military service
06 Mar. 1919 4th. Officer Noordam 50,–
01 Jul. 1919 Wage increase 100,–
22 Mar. 1920 4th. Officer Rotterdam 100,-
01 Jan. 1920 Wage increase 110,–
05 May. 1920 3rd. Officer Andijk 125,–
01 Jan. 1920 Wage increase 170,–
22 Jan. 1921 Temporary ashore to go to school for 2nd Mate’s license
13 Apr. 1921 Passed exam for 2nd Mate
14 Apr. 1921 Temporary ashore
04 May. 1921 3rd. Officer Zuiderdijk 170,–
11 May. 1921 Temporary ashore
17 May. 1921 2nd Officer Sommelsdijk 240,–
With the Nieuw Amsterdam to NY as passenger to join ship there.
01 Sep. 1921 Wage decrease 228,–
16 Oct. 1921 Wage decrease 216,–
Commences 05 Dec 1921 see letter Cap.b. pag. 382
04 Mar. 1922 2nd Officer Edam 216,–
18 May. 1922 Wage decrease 210,–
08 Nov. 1922 2nd Officer Andijk 210,–
02 Sep. 1923 Temporary ashore to go to school for first mates ticket
01 Dec. 1923 Passed exam for First mates ticket.
02 Dec. 1923 Temporary ashore
10 Dec. 1923 2nd Officer Blijdendijk 210,–
09 Mar. 1924 2nd Officer Maasdam 210,–
21 Oct. 1925 Temporary ashore
In possession of Sperry Gryro Certificate.
12 Dec. 1925 2nd Officer Nieuw Amsterdam 210,–
25 Jan. 1926 2nd Officer Veendam 210,–
26 May. 1926 Temporary ashore
28 Jun. 1926 Act. Chief Officer Maasdam 285,–
04 Jan. 1927 2nd Officer Rotterdam 210,–
04 Apr. 1927 Wage increase 220,–
24 Dec. 1928 Temporary ashore 220,– Chart room in Rotterdam office until 7 Jan.29.
18 Jan. 1929 2nd Officer Statendam 220,– Newbuilding
01 Jan. 1929 wage increase 225,–
17 May. 1929 wage increase 230,–
01 Jan. 1930 Wage increase 235,–
On 1 April 1930 8 years , 7 mnd. and 14 days as 2nd Officer
02 Jul. 1930 2nd Officer Statendam 235,– Senior
16 Nov. 1931 Wage decrease 208,–
03 Jul. 1932 Temporary ashore 208,– On leave
10 Jul. 1932 Temporary ashore 70% 208,–
05 Aug. 1932 2nd Officer Drechtdijk 70% 208,–
15 Aug. 1932 2nd Officer Drechtdijk 208,–
22 Aug. 1932 2nd Officer Leerdam 208,–
24 Aug. 1932 Temporary ashore 70% 208,–
02 Sep. 1932 Temporary ashore 100% 208,–
15 Sep. 1932 Temporary ashore without wages
12 Oct. 1932 Temporary ashore 70% 208,–
27 Oct. 1932 2nd Officer Damsterdijk 208,– Port Watch
06 Nov. 1932 Temporary ashore 70% 208,–
12 Nov. 1932 2nd Officer Breedijk 208,–
17 Nov. 1932 2nd Officer Rotterdam 70% 208,–
10 Dec. 1932 2nd Officer ashore 70% 208,–
15 Dec. 1932 2nd Officer Beemsterdijk 208,–
29 May. 1933 2nd Officer Rotterdam 208,–
28 Jun. 1933 wage decrease with 5% in accordance with circulaire no 929 dated 27-6-33
01 Jul. 1933 2nd Officer Rotterdam 70% 208,– 70% is cancelled.
09 Jul. 1933 Temporary ashore 70% 208,– 70% is cancelled
13 Jul. 1933 2nd Officer Leerdam 208,–
23 Aug. 1933 2nd Officer Rotterdam 208,–
10 Oct. 1933 2nd Officer Rotterdam 70% 208,–
16 Oct. 1933 Temporary ashore 208,– Regular leave
01 Nov. 1933 2nd Officer Rotterdam 208,–
28 Dec. 1933 Wage decrease 187,20 See circ: 929 dated 27-6-33
01 Oct. 1934 Wage decrease 181,–
27 Oct. 1934 Temporary ashore 181,– Regular Leave
04 Nov. 1934 2nd Officer Rotterdam 181,–
12 Nov. 1934 Temporary ashore 181,– Regular Leave
17 Nov. 1934 2nd Officer Rotterdam 181,–
21 May. 1935 Temporary ashore 181,– Regular leave
26 May. 1935 2nd Officer Rotterdam 181,–
10 Feb. 1935 Act. Chief Officer Breedijk 208,– paid as act. Chief for one voy.
16 Apr. 1935 2nd Officer Rotterdam 181.—
24 Apr. 1935 Temporary ashore 181,– Regular leave
04 May. 1935 2nd Officer Rotterdam 181,–
25 Sep. 1936 Act. Chief Officer Rotterdam 208,– At New York
25 May. 1937 Temporary ashore 208,– Regular Leave
09 Jun. 1937 Chief Officer Breedijk 208,–
01 Oct. 1937 According to new Regulation 238,25
xx.XXX.1940 Chief Officer Drechtdijk arrives in Rotterdam on 06 May
Stuck in the Netherlands during the war
13 Aug. 1946 Chief Officer Delftdijk Until
18 Apr. 1947 Captain Eemdyk Until 20 Apr. 1950
09 May.1951 Captain Duivendijk Until 24 Aug. 1951
28 Sep. 1951 Captain Dalerdijk Until 30 Dec. 1951
03 Jan. 1952 Captain Duivendijk Until 29 Apr. 1952
20 May. 1952 Captain Almdyk Until 23 Aug. 1952
10 Jun. 1952 Captain Groote Beer Until 08 Jul. 1955
23 Aug. 1955 Captain Maasdam Until 04 Apr. 1956
16 Apr. 1956 Captain Nieuw Amsterdam Until 23 May. 1959
01 Nov. 1956 Captain Appointed Commodore.
01 Jul. 1959 Captain Rotterdam Until 16 Sep. 1961
Retired from ship and company.