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Stories from the Sea, Past and Present

HAL History and its ships Past and Present

On this page you will find the history of the Holland America Line in four parts.

Also individual histories of various company ships.

Itstarts with the Ariadne, which was the ship that HAL chartered for its first voyage, as the Rotterdam and Maas were delayed at the builders.

Complete are the “Veendam’s” and there are three “Nieuw Amsterdam’s”

May 2015  ss Warszawa added.


  1. It’s good to see you back. I’ll enjoy your articles, and I hope you have had a great time away from your ship.

  2. Eileen Kettrick

    March 7, 2008 at 11:31 am

    Welcome back. We enjoyed sailing with you in November and look forward to reading about your time at sea. Very informative. And hope to sail with you in the future.

  3. Dear Albert,
    My father in law immigrated to the US in November 1920 aboard the Ryndam. I have been trying to get a photo of the ship. Would you be able to locate a photo or drawing?

  4. Dear Captain,
    You have a very interesting site!
    I have made a few years ago a painting of the Veendam (1973). It can be seen on my website. Recently I have painted the Nieuw Amsterdam (1938).

    Kind regards,
    Willem Johan Hoendervanger

  5. Missed Career at Sea

    March 13, 2009 at 11:51 am

    There’s a big grin on my face scooting through your latest 4-part input. I’ll have to take a day off and make a print-out to enjoy the reading part 🙂

    In the meantime, I’ve also found the website with the sequence of company logos used on the funnels of the HAL ships (while you were still sailing the coast of beautiful BC).

    It won’t be long before you’ll have a hands-on practice on your new ship ! Enjoy the spring on land . . .

  6. Phillis Mack — If you click on Images on a Google search page and enter Ryndam, you’ll be surprised at how many come up. Good luck, my Dad came over on it in 1922.

  7. Catherine Stewart

    May 4, 2009 at 11:46 am

    Thoroughly enjoyed my first HAL experience on Volendam sailing Australia to New Zealand. Beautifully laid out ship and wonderful crew. Very scenic cruise. Looking forward to my next HAL experience!
    Catherine Stewart New Zealand (way down under)

  8. First, is the previous E mail list not used to receive you postings?
    Second, I read it somewhere on one of the ships but be “dam” if I can fine it anywhere,
    What are the name of the ships and their history on H A logo?


    • Good morning,

      the IT guru’s are still wrestling with the email notification.

      a simpler link to the blog is http://www.captainalbert.com

      The ships on the hal logo are the nieuw Amsterdam II from 1938 and the HAelve Maen (Half Moon) from Henry Huson who was sent on a exploraiton voyage by dutch interests.

      thank you for reading my blog

      Captain Albert

  9. Hi Capt; would you happen to know who the godmothers were when Veendam II (ex-Argentina) and Volendam II (ex-Brasil) came into the HAL fleet? Thanks/vriendelijk bedankt/Much obliged!

    • Hello Copper,

      There were no god mothers when the ships came to us. They were bought and straightaway laid up. then rebuilt. When they came to Rotterdam in 1973 from the German shipyard, there was a viewing for the press and some parties but no official God mothers. This whole re dedicating and re christening which we now see in the cruising world, was much less prevalent in those days.

      HAL management (Mr. van der Vorm) was very conservative, so all this Press stuff was only grudgingly approved off.

      Best regards

      Capt. Albert

  10. Thanks for the enlightenment Kaptein! 🙂 Enjoy your vac!

  11. What becomes of the ship’s logs? Are they stored in warehouses or have they all been put on discs? I assume they are kept for awhile.
    Linda Olsen

  12. What happens to the crews of the former Statendam and Ryndam?

    • Thank you for reading my blog.

      It depends on what the crew wants to do. If they want to stay with HAL, they will transfer or rotate in again after a vacation, but if they would like to stay with the new owners (we are all one family anyway) then that is possible as well. there will also be a number of officers and crew staying for awhile to help with the transition, as these ships are new to P&O Australia and the need to be manned. So the choice is up to the crew in principle. Holland America will look after them unless they want to change themselves.

      Best regards

      Capt. Albert.

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