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Snelleman, Cornelis Marinus.

Captain C. Snelleman DSC on 30 Oct. 1961 when the company decided to photograph all the captains.(a)

Captain Cornelis Marinus Snelleman was born on 2 September 1910 in Rotterdam  His father Marinus Snelleman  was a shoe repair man in Rotterdam.

Cornelis went to the Maritime Academy in Rotterdam on the 3 year course, which meant that his previous education had no or little mathematics included in the cirriculum.

He Joined Holland America as a cadet on 27 July 1927 as  cadet on the ss Grootendyk.

Sometime after he married Antonia Pieternella de Graaf and by the 2nd worldwar he lived at the Prins Hendriklaan 139  Vlaardingen-Ambacht. Eventually there were three childeren,  Cornelis, Anthony and Marina.  The two sons also sent to sea, one as engineer and the other one as Deck Officer. (c)

This is supposedly the last photo of the ss Pennland, when se was sinking. It was taken from one of the lifeboats, “nd Officer Snelleman was in command of one of them. (c)

As second officer on the ss Pennland he sailed in the Mediterannean during the 2nd world war. On 15 April 1941, he volunteered to command a rescue team to board an abandoned vessel. Despite the ship being on fire and several direct bomb hits, he managed to save three wounded seamen trapped below decks. For this act of heroism he received the Cross of Merit from Queen Wilhelmina and from the British Government the DSC.

In 1961, after 34 years at sea, he transferred to the Nieuw Amsterdam.

In his later years he lived in Vlaardingen with his wife Toni after having raised three children. One of them a boy, joined HALl lateron as press officer in the 1970’s and 80’s.

Capt. Snelleman meets Eisenhouwer Cancer Society New York on board NA 1961 web

Captain Snelleman is seen here shaking the hand of ex President Eisenhouwer, during a Cancer society – fund Raising Ball – on the Nieuw Amsterdam while docked in New York.

 

 

On 27 April 1937 he received a pair of Binoculars from the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Society for the way he presented his meteorological Observations.

He was at sea during the war and sent each month an allotment home of Dfl: 160,– (plus preoumium of Dfl 1.35. This was not send directly as the occupation did not allow this, but ti was offset again the pay outs of the “Aeemanspot” The Dutch illegal payment system ran by Captain XXXX of the ss Veendam, which ship had been stuck in port.

Obtained his first mate certificate on 03 April 1944 in London.

As second officer on the Pennland he sailed in the Mediterannean during the 2nd world war. On 15 April 1941, he volunteered to command a rescue team to board an abandoned vessel. Despite the ship being on fire and several direct bomb hits, he managed to save three wounded seamen trapped below decks. For this act of heroism he received the Cross of Merit from Queen Wilhelmina and from the British Government the DSC.

On 27 July 1942 he revecied the Dutch “Cross of Merit with clasp” presented to him at the New York office in September 1943. However the official presentation vame on 03 April 1946 when he was presented to Queen Wilhlemina at her palace in The Hague.

On 05 Jan. 1943 he is temporary palced ashore,

In 1961, after 34 years at sea, he transferred to the Nieuw Amsterdam.

 

In his later years he lived in Vlaardingen with his wife Toni after having raised three children. One of them a boy, joined Hal lateron as press officer in the 1970’s and 80’s.

 

31 oct 1964 silver medal knmi by Prinses Margriet.

In May 1965 he is mentioned in the newspaper when he gives a lecture for  a travel agency  and the dutch deaprtment store chain V&B in Maastricht. Apart from his lecture a company movie “Course to America” was shown.

1967 spends his holidays in his caravan in kootwijk on the veluwe.

24 jan. 1970 40 years with company.

Passed away 18 november 1980 age 70

 

Sailing list:

Date:               Function:                    Ship:                           Wages and/or remarks.

27 jul. 1927     Cadet Officer              Grootendijk                52,–

01 Jan. 1928    Cadet Officer              Ashore                        52,–

12 Jan. 1928    in service for the VNS (HBIL) as cadet officer

25 May. 1928  Cadet Officer              Breedijk                      52,–    Dutch Indies

09 Nov. 1928  Cadet Officer              Rijndam                      52,–    at New York

22 Nov. 1928  ashore to study

17 May. 1929  Passed exam for 3rd Officer

18 May. 1929  4th. Officer                  ashore                         100,–

24 May. 1929  4th. Officer                  Vechtdijk                    100,–

01 Jan.   1930  Wage increase                                                            115,–

02 Oct.  1930  Temporary ashore                                           115,–

18 Oct. 1930   4th. Officer                  Leerdam                      115,–

03 Nov. 1930  4th. Officer                  Kinderdijk                  115,–

15 Nov. 1930  4th. Officer                  Edam                           115,–

08 Apr. 1931   Dismissed due to being surplus to requirements

06 Oct. 1933   4th. Officer                  Damsterdijk                105,– minus 5% temp. contract

28 Dec. 1933   Wage decrease                                                105,– see Circ. 929 dated 27 -6-1933

02 Feb. 1934   Dismissed due being surplus to requirements

07 Feb. 1934   Act. 3rd officer                        leerdam                       121.50 temp contract

24 Mar. 1934  Temporary ashore                                           without wages

Dismissed due to the lay up of the Leerdam.

29 Apr. 1934   4th. Officer                  Breedijk                      94.50

03 May. 1934  4th. Officer                  Dinteldijk                   94.50

25 Aug. 1934  Act. 3rd. Officer          Dinteldijk                   121,50

01 Oct. 1934   Wage decrease                                                118,–

03 Apr. 1934   Temporary ashore at 70%                              188,–  ill, pleurisy.

03 Jul. 1935    Tempoary ashore                                            without wages

08 Jul. 1935    act. 3rd Officer                        Edam                           118,–

10 Jul. 1935    Wage increase to                                            121.75

12 Jul. 1935    Act. 3rd. Officer          Maasdam                    121,75

23 Dec. 1935   In military service for 35 days. HM wachtschip Den Helder. Sea service.

24 Jan. 1936    Act. 3rd Officer           Rotterdam                   121,75

10 Feb. 1936   Act. 3rd Officer           Burgerdijk                  121.75

12 Aug. 1936  Wage increase to                                            125.50

29 Nov. 1936  Act. 3rd officer             Spaarndam                  125,50

07 Dec. 1936   act. 3rd. Officer           Volendam                   125,50

16 Dec. 1936   Act. 3rd. Officer          Blommersdijk             125,50

07 Jan. 1937    Act. 3rd Officer           Breedijk                      125,50

15 Jan. 1937    Temporary ashore                                           125,50

16 Jan. 1937    Act. 3rd Officer           Spaarndam                  125,50

24 Jan. 1937    Temporary ashore                                           125,50

01 Feb. 1937   Act. 3rd Officer           Boschdijk                    125,50

10 Feb. 1937   Temporary ashore                                           125,50

14 Feb. 1937   Act. 2nd Officer           Bilderdijk                   166,–  2nd officer for one voyage.

04 Apr. 1937   set back to 3rd officer and temporary ashore for study for 2nd ates license.

11 May. 1937  Passed exam for 2nd mate

13 May. 1937  2nd Officer                  Rotterdam                   166,–

18 Sep. 1937   2nd Officer                  Veendam                     166,–  at New York back to home sick.

29 Sep. 1937   Temporary ashore with a lung infection,

01 Oct. 1937   According to new regulation                          185,–

 

End of Stamboek

16 Jun. 1939   2nd.Officer                  Volendam                   203,42   until 28 Jan

09 Feb. 1940   2nd. Officer                 Volendam                   203.42

xx Apr. 1940     2nd. officer                 Pennland

sailed from Antwerp, arrived in New York, then to Kingston Jamaica arrived 02 Dec. 1940.

GAP

03 Sep.1941       2nd. Officer                  Delftdyk

04 Sep.1942       2nd. Officer                  Delftdijk arrived  at NY.  Departed 09 June 1942

01 Jan. 1943        2nd. Officer                  Delftdijk arrived at New York

25 Mar. 1943      2nd. Officer                   Edam

11 April 1943     2nd. Officer                   Edam    arrived at New York. Departed on 31 May 1943.

14 Jun. 1943    2nd. Officer                     Edam        signed off due to sickness

15 Sep. 1943     2nd. Officer                  Fort Orange      travelled to Portland (maine) to join the ship.

01 Oct. 1943     2nd Officer                   FortOrange  departed from Boston.

04 Nov. 1943   2nd. Officer                  signed off at Manchester for study purposes.

03 Apr.1944     Passed exam for First Mate in London.

15 Apr. 1944    Promoted to Chief Officer.

11 May 1944   Chief Officer                Phlips Wouwerman upon arrival London of the ship.  (until 13 March 1945)

10 Sep.1944      Chief Officer               Philips Wouwerman arrival London.

15 Nov. 1944      Chief Officer             Philips wouwerman. departed New York

09 Dec. 1944       Chief Officer            Phi;ps Wouweman. departed New York.

04 May.1945     Chief Officer              Philips Wouwerman (At New York)

26 May. 1945      Chief Officer            Philips Wouwerman  (arrived Montreal)

13 Jun. 1945      Chief Officer            Philips Wouwerman departed Rotterdam

23 June 1945      Chief Officer            Phlips Wouwerman (arrival Rotterdam)

GAP

(note: Check Seamans book in Mar. Museum Roterdam in Nov. 2024)

09 May 1949    Captain                         Dongedyk (coastal voyage until 23 may)

26 Jun.  1950   Chief Officer               Volendam

08 Aug. 1950     Chief Officer               Volendam

GAP.

22 Dec. 1950       Captain                        Blijdendyk (until 26 May 1951)

27 May.1951        Captain                        Blommersdyk (until 30 July 1951)

21 Sep. 1951        Captain                        Abbedyk (until 17 Sep. 1952)

13 Oct. 1952        Captain                     Arnedyk (until 21 Nov. 1952 coastal voyage)

GAP

15 Aug. 1953        Captain                    Averdyk (until 29 Apr. 1954)

28 May. 1954      Captain                    Aardyk until  02 April 1955

GAP

16 sep. 1955            Captain                  Westerdam  (Fill in voyage) until 10 Oct. 1955

26 Jan. 1956             Captain                Axeldijk until 04 Nov. 1956)

14 Dec.1946            Captain                  Noordam (Fill in voyage) until 07 Jan. 1957

13 Jan. 1957              Captain                    Diemerdyk (Until 16 May 1957)

GAP

27 Sep. 1957               Captain                  Dinteldyk (until 27 Dec. 1957….VERIFY DATE)

27 nov. 1956               Captain                   Dongedyk (until 13 Jan. 1959

GAP

30 Jun. 1959               Captain                   Diemerdyk (until 08 oct. 1959

GAP

05 Dec. 1959               Captain                   Noordam (until 14 Aug. 1961)

11 Nov. 1960      Passed exam as Radar Navigator.

22 Aug.1961            Captain                 Nieuw Amsterdam.

Until retirement on 01 May 1968

References:

a. Company archives. Photos & sailing List until 1937

b. Author’s archives

c. Mr. Peter Zeer. (Family information)

d. Laurens van der Laan. (photos)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 Comments

  1. One of them a boy, joined HALl lateron as press officer in the 1970’s and 80’s.

    This is not correct. They never have been press officers.

    • Thank you for reading my blog.

      I do not know what your relation is to the family, but when I was 3rd officer for the new building of the Noordam in 1983/1984 I was in frequent contact with Aad Snelleman who ran “Samenspel” and the press side in Holland. When dealing with “the English side” of things he frequently referred to himself as Press Officer. That is where the phrase is coming from. It might be very well possible that that was not the official title but that is what I heard and thus used.

      Best regards

      Capt. Albert

      • Laurens van der Laan

        November 3, 2022 at 12:26 pm

        For good order’s sake: Aad Snelleman was not related to Captain Snelleman, as he told me.

        Laurens van der Laan, NASM/HAL historian

  2. Ik schrif een roman over mijn tijd bij de HAL toen ik in 1966/ 1967 op de Nieuw Amsterdam heb gevaren. Kunt u, en bent u bereid om me met een paar vragen te helpen?

  3. If memory serves, I was 3 years old in 1963. On the New Amsterdam. I was watching a Mickey mouse cartoon about him having trouble in some sort of clock factory. Over my objections. My father pulled me out of the theater and brought me up to the captain and introduced me. The captain was kind enough to sound off the foghorn. At least that’s my recollection

  4. In 1965 I was five years old and a passenger on the ship. I remember sitting in the theater watching Mickey Mouse having trouble in some sort of clock factory. My father came in took me out over my objection and introduced me to Capt. Snellerman. If I recall correctly he sounded the foghorn. I have a picture of the encounter. I will share it if you like. Best wishes for the holidays.

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