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Bouman, Coenraad biography pending

Capt. Bouman Conraad 1956 small

Captain Bouman was as commodore the first master of the ss Rotterdam V

Captain Bouman was born on 1 September 1897 at Maassluis and sailed for the first time with Holland America as a cadet on the Ryndam in 1915.

Promoted to Commodore with the arrival of the ss Rotterdam.

He was made an officer in the Order of Oranje Nassau during the maiden voyage of the ss Rotterdam in 1959, which he considered to be more of an honor for the ship than for himself.

He was planning to retire on 23 may 1961 after making his final voyage on the NA. However he was asked to stay on the Rotterdam until September 29.

Then retired on September 29 1961 from the ss Rotterdam. He  officially left the company on the 7th of October after 46 years with the line. He settled down in Oegstgeest with the plan to catch up with his reading.


  1. The Son of Mr. Bouman was in my Class at the Chr. Lyceum in Leiden
    From 1957 -1959. His name is Dick. The father of my friend was 3rd navigation officer. On the schip of Commodore Bouman.

  2. Coen Bouman was the brother of my grandmother, the mother of my mother. In the family the captain-business of Coen were supposed very important. Often his name was mentioned in direct connection with the HAL, his (former) employer. He lived the last part of his life in Rotterdam, very near the Euromast.

  3. Stephen Collett

    January 31, 2022 at 5:11 pm

    I have a ship souvenir sailor (made by Norah Wellings), which I assume the person who originally bought it asked Captain Norman to sign. The name of the ship is on the doll’s hat. The top of the hat was autographed by Captain Bouman. I bought it in Portobello Road several years ago and it’s only just occurred to me to look it up!

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