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Veendam (II) of 1922

TONNAGE: BRT: 15,450 NRT: 9,202 DWT: 13,503
BUILT AT: Harland & Wolff Limited, Govan, Glasgow, Scotland.
BUILT IN: 1922 YARD NO: 650
ENGINES: Two sets of double reduction geared Brown – Curtiss steam turbines by yard.
ENGINE OUTPUT: 8000 Shaft horse power. PROPS: Two (fixed, diameter 5.56 Meters)
SERVICE SPD: 15 Knots. MAX.SPD: (Said to be 16.5 Knots)
LENGTH OVER ALL: 175.60 Meters.
BEAM OVER ALL: 20.43 Meters. DEPTH: (Maindeck to Keel) 13.72 Meters.
DRAFT: 28 feet, 2 inches with a displacement in seawater of 26.030 tons.
PASSENGER CAPACITY: Designed for 263 First, 435 Second and 1200 Third Class.
CREW: 328
REMARKS: Bunker capacity 3568 tons of oil, with a consumption of 102 tons a day.
Constructed of steel as a passenger ship with four full decks and six hatches. Launched on 18 November 1922 and delivered by the yard on 29 March 1923. By the time the ship was delivered the quota system of the American immigration laws reduced the need for a large third class capacity so the actual figures on delivery were 296 first, 396 second and 292 Third class.


The ss Veendam of 1922, Holland America

She commenced her maiden voyage on 18 April 1923 with a sailing from Rotterdam via Boulogne sur Mer and Plymouth to New York. In May 1926 the name Tourist class was introduced for what used to be the Third Class accommodation. In the same year the ship makes the first Holland America cruise to the Caribbean Sea from New York. She would continue to do this each winter between 1926 and 1930.

On 20 May 1928 the ship finds itself partially sunk while docked at the company’s pier in Hoboken New Jersey. She had left the evening before bound for Europe. At 12.54 the anchor was dropped in the river Hudson near Hoffman Island due to fog. 6 minutes later at 13.00 hrs, the ship is hit on the portside on bridge/engine line under an straight angle by the Castrico. This results in damage above and under the water line causing the engine room to flood. Although all watertight doors were closed, the boiler room and passenger deck number four still flooded. However the ingress of water is not causing a direct danger to the ship and it is decided to return to Hoboken with the aid of tugs. Here the ship docks at 23.21 hrs and disembarkation of the passengers starts. Also the mail is offloaded with both jobs completed at 06.15 am. The next day the holds are emptied of grain and general cargo. On 25th of May the ship left Hoboken with seven tugboats in attendance heading for the Erie Basin where it is dry-docked on the 27th. for repairs. While these repairs were going on the chance is taken to change the layout of the passenger accommodation to 262 First, 430 Second and 480 tourist Class. The ship returned to regular service on 16 June, sailing from New York with passengers and cargo for Rotterdam.

The ss Veendam (II) low in the water at the company pier in Hoboken, New York

On 26 February 1930 a charter for the Bermuda line (Bermuda & West Indies Steamship Company Ltd. of New York, managers Furness & Withy) is announced, for two summers due to the sinking of their own ship the Fort Victoria. The Veendam departs for it first voyage on 2 July 1930 and spends the whole summer on round-trips between New York and Bermuda. The funnels carry the colors of the Furness Bermuda Line.

In 1932 the layout of the ship is changed again. This time due to the depression which demanded drastic price-cutting and as the fares were class related (regulated by the North Atlantic Conference system) the only way to lower them was to change the naming of the classes. The layout became 263 First, 633 Tourist and 555 Third Class. An unusual occurrence was that the ship had to be laid up on 13 September 1932 at Rotterdam, as the crew went on strike. Reason was the refusal to sail a round-trip on the ship without calling at Rotterdam. After a while the labor dispute is settled and the ship returns to service. In June 1936 First and Third class are omitted and the ship now has Cabin and Tourist Class only.
In September 1939 neutral lettering is added to the ship’s hull, due to the threatening war.
On 17 September 1939 it saves part of the crew of the torpedoed aircraft carrier H.M.S. Courageous.

Rotterdam, May 1940. Company ships caught in the cross fire during the invasion. The Statendam of 1929 can be seen burning in the background.

When the Netherlands are invaded on 10 May 1940 the ship is docked at Rotterdam and sustains damage on the first day. During this invasion the company buildings and ships get in the crossfire between Dutch and German para troops. A falling dock crane hits the ship and causes damage to davits and lifeboats. A small fire starts up but is quickly extinguished. The ship remains laid up at the dock until January 1941. Then the ship is seized by the German occupier and sails on 30 May 1941 to Germany. Here she is handed over on 24 July 1941 to the German Navy for use as an accommodation ship. Workers for the “Organisation Todt” (Volunteer Labor Organization) are living on board in the port of Gothenhafen. The ship is managed by the Hamburg Amerika Linie. From Gotenhafen the ship is transferred on 28 April 1942 to Hamburg and renamed on 1 May in: Marine Stutzpunkt Tolleort. Now she is used as an accommodation ship for submarine crews on leave.

The ss Veendam (II) in use as an accommodation ship in Germany. Although painted gray, the company funnel colors are still faintly visible.

By 1943, the Allied Bombs raids from England can reach past the German border and the big cities become more and more targeted. On 25 July 1943 the ship is hit by four incendiary bombs during one of these air raids. One bomb hits the boat deck and enters the engine room where it explodes. During following air raids on 18 and 23 June, 29 July and 4 November the ship is hit again and some more damage sustained. On 26 December another direct hit sets the ship on fire and severely damages the engine room. This is followed by another direct hit on 31 December 1944 the ship and catches fire. However the fire can be controlled and only the First class smoking room burns out. Shortly after a near miss causes the overboard valves to crack open and the stern sinks to the bottom. As the allied forces keep bombing Hamburg the ship continues to takes hits again and again, most notably on 30 March and 8 April 1945. As a result of these further hits there is damage at hatch I and II, which causes the bow to settle as well.

On 4 May 1945 the ship is boarded by the English when Hamburg is liberated. By that time the ship is partly sunk and burnt out. Some of the accommodation can still be used however and therefore the ship is temporarily used as hotel ship for Dutch crew arriving in the port to collect the various Dutch ships that were seized. Raised in October 1945 and drydock at Blohm and Voss on 14 November 1945 for hull inspection. When made watertight she departs in tow on 7 January 1946 from Hamburg by the Dutch tugs Zwarte Zee and Tyne owned by L. Smit & Co. Sleepdiensten of Rotterdam. Bad weather forces to tow to wait in Elbe estuary until the 14th. On the 16th the two arrives in Amsterdam and the ship is repaired at the Nederlandsche Droogdok en Scheepsbouw Maatschappij.


The ss Veendam (II) late in her career. Carrying post war emigrants across the North Atlantic

The passenger accommodation becomes 195 First and 357 Tourist Class and 362 Crew. Commences her first post war sailing on 21 February 1947 from Rotterdam to New York. The ship is extensively used by Dutch emigrants moving to North America in the period 1948 to 1952. On 30th. October 1953 the last voyage is made with 600 passengers and upon arrival in New York the ship is sold for scrap to the Bethlehem Steel Company of Baltimore. The demolition starts in November 1953.


  1. Captain interesting article about the Veendam. She and here sister ship Volendam where beautiful liners . They where not the biggest liners and rather slow and expensive to run they where among the most popular and successful liners HAL ever owned. On my site you find some interior pictures of the two.

    But the Veendam after WW2 was not a emigrant ship. She and the beloved flagship tss Nieuw Amsterdam 2 run the luxury liner service between Rotterdam and New York (terminal New Jersey) Although in this role she transported emigrants as Nieuw Amsterdam dith. She also made Holland America’s first cruise after WW2. Here sister Volendam became a full time emigrant ship after WW2. She suffered mechanically to much to return to normal liner service on the main route Rotterdam, New York.

    High regards Ben van Zeijl Rotterdam the Netherlands.

  2. Thank you so much for taking the time to research and write this essay. It’s a facinating history.

  3. Great site. Please take a look at Cruising The Past (www.cruisingthepast.com) where a 1928 cruise aboard the Veendam is featured with Captain Albert’s website linked.

  4. Please take a look at the youtube video I did on coastal vessels that use to serve Catalina. Im going to to some on Matson, Alaska SS, etc. Would like to do something on HAL. Mac makes it easy and fun. One of the first ships I sailed on was the DINTLEDYKE as a child with my parents. I sailed on the Ryndamn 3 years ago and the Purser/Hotel Manager was one of the few people I’ve met recently on any ship who had some idea of the great tradition of HAL. Obviously you do. Great site.
    Here is the video:

  5. As a child I sailed with my brother and parents to Europe on the Ryndam and back to New York on the Veendam 2. This was 1952/53.
    As boys we greatly enjoyed the adventure. Sailing back to NY we encountered a hurricane and that was a great experience. Wind, waves and lots of up and down by the ship. It took about 13 days to return to NY.
    What I enjoyed most was the great food served every day on the ship, even in rough weather.

  6. Dear Captain Albert:
    I was a 4- year old passenger on the Veendam, embarking Southhampton 2/01/1949, arriving in NYC on 2/14/1949. We were English citizens emigrating to the US. I have a few very old and special photos standing on the promenade deck with my parents, and at what appears to be the bow of the ship in New York Harbor. I remember the trip as being very rough, everyone was seasick. Running on the deck was fun. I think we had a tourist cabin because I remember it had a sink and bunk beds and I remember Ellis Island (my name is on the wall). To this day ships are a passion, HAL gave me Mariner status when I told them of my crossing so I hope to sail again on a “Veendam” very soon. I will be sure to bring my Veendam photos.

  7. Hallo,

    As a collector off paper ships-money, specialy jused on board from troopships to Nederlandsch Indië, do I no that There was also money on board of the Veendam.
    The Veendam makes some trips from Rotterdam to New York and back to Rotterdam in 1947. On trip 136 there was also ships-money and perhaps there will be people who knows about that money. Ik like to have information about that money and I will also make contact with people who have that money.
    Please thake a look on my website.

    Regards Ab Verhoef Rotterdam

  8. I am interested in finding out about a particular voyage of the veendam from rotterdam to NY. It landed on February 5, 1940. I would like to know how long the journey took and what the accomodations were like. I would greatly appreciate if you were able to help me.
    Thank you!

  9. Kathryn Van Valkenburg

    March 3, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    I believe I was on the S.S. Veendam on a rough crossing of the English Channel for the purpose of being in London for the Coronation in June 1953. Is this the same one that was subsequently scrapped in Nov. of that year?

  10. I was on the Veendam voyage that landed in Hoboken on February 5, 1940 and was surprised to read Tammy Hess’ reply above. We were both on it at the same time, and a very dangerous time at that! It was most interesting to read the history of the ship.

  11. My grandfather and his sister came to America on board the SS Veendam, June 27, 1926 from Rotterdam to New York city. My grandfather Martin Fising was 17 years old and his sister Maria Fising 20, they came from a small village in Transylvania, Romania.

    I have a photograph of them on the deck of the SS Veendam on the Atlantic crossing on my blog.


    Tom Fesing

  12. I have an original brochure on the Veendam in question. I can try to scan it and send it to you if you wish.

  13. Looking for information for a friend who sailed from Rotterdam to New York in 1937 right before Rotterdam was bombed by Germany. She was 12 and met other little girls on the ship and wanted to contact them any ideas?
    thanks you’ll make someone really happy
    Margina Hardenbol

  14. Carla Scheer Merritt

    June 10, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    It was wonderful to read about the ship we traveled on. My parents, three of us girls and one brother made the trip. I was almost 7 when we took the voyage to move from Amsterdam to America arriving at Ellis Island on 7 February 1950. Mom was sea sick all 14 days of the trip and was very glad to see land. Dad loved the sea and took us two oldest girls to the bow of the ship during a stormy day and held our hands as we kept running back and forth laughing to keep from getting wet… it was a great game to us. The crew were all very kind and helpful when we would get a little lost on the ship at first. Dad always had us order ice cream when we ate, even when we didn’t feel like it because then he could eat it…. WONDERFUL MEMORIES!

  15. Ancestry {dot} com has scanned and indexed many “New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957”.

    • Thank you,

      I did know that, I have used it quite often to check on arrival times for the ships. It is amazing how the inpsectors sometimes managed to muddle up names. We had a captain called Brouwer in the 1880’s and he appeared as Brufen on the landing manifest. It is no wonder that it is sometimes hard for people to trace their ancestors back.
      Thank you for reading my blog

      Capt. Albert

  16. As a boy of 12 I sailed on the Veendam , with my parents to immigrate to the USA.
    We left Rotterdam mid January 1952 arrived in Hoboken, NJ. On January 23, 1952.
    I would like to see a passenger list of that sailing. Can someone help me find it, Please
    Frits de Knegt

    • Good morning,

      I am at the HAL archives next week, so I will have a look. A pax list might be difficult but I should be able to find the passage registration of all who sailed. Most important thing is that I hope that the spelling of your name is still the same as b4 entering the USA. As there are sometimes variations in the records

      I will try.
      Best regards

      Captain Albert

    • Good morning,

      I had a look in the archives yesterday. there is no passenger list available but I found the sailing ticket contract.
      it is nbr. 50537 and lists: Knegt Miss & Master. No mention of other names. Did you sail with only your sister, or was
      there family under a different name ??

      Best regards

      Captain Albert

  17. Hello. Do you have any information about the Veendam that sailed from Rotterdam in 1939, arriving at New York on approximately Dec. 22, 1939? I have a friend who was a Jewish refugee who traveled on the ship. She was a young girl at the time, but has fond memories of the African-American musicians who performed on the ship, who went above and beyond to make the refugees feel comfortable. I haven’t been able to find much information about the ship, other than a short piece in the New York Times on Dec. 23, 1939.

    Thank you,

    • Good morning,

      Ooooooooooooooiee that is a difficult one. Things are very muddled in the archives for that period. I will see what I can do but I might have to keep you waiting until Jan 2015, when I will be back in the archvies in Holland. I will revert back with an update.

      thanks you forr eading my blog

      Capt. albert

  18. I sailed on the Veendam from somewhere in Europe (I think it was Le Havre, but I could be wrong; I was only seven) to New York in March of 1950. We encountered a massive storm with 50-foot waves, I believe four passengers died when their portholes burst and they were trapped in their rooms. I remember standing at the entrance to the dining hall watching sea water pour down the broad stone steps onto the red carpet below. The tables and plates were anchored down, but cups, glasses, spoons, bread rolls and many other items were sliding and rolling back and forth across the floor, following the pitch of the ship, as the waiters did their best to feed us.

    In my party were Joseph J. Thorndike, Virginia Lemont Thorndike, Alan Thorndike, Imogene Graves and myself. We sailed into New York around the middle of March, four days behind schedule, and I’ve been convinced for years that after that voyage the Veendam was taken up the Hudson to be repaired, but the damages were too great and it was scrapped. From what I read on this site that is clearly not the case.

    I write this after a walk I took this morning around Key West, FL, in which I found the current Veendam of the Holland American Lines, a massive cruise ship tied up to the local docks.

    Thanks to all for their comments on this ship, which to this day feels to me like a talisman of youth, adventure, and family togetherness.

    • Thank you for reading my blog.

      yes I heard about that storm and I am still trying to find proof about those people dying on board. The archives are not complete but I have not yet delved into the voyage reports of those years to see if there is anything there from that voyage.

      Best regards

      Capt. Albert

    • Yes, my mother was on that voyage. It departed from Rotterdam. She had kept a piece of port glass broken during the trip from another part of the ship. She thinks the captain said the waves were 40 feet.

  19. Anna Teeuwen Davis

    October 23, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    Hello, I enjoyed your blog and also various questions. My family, father Peter, mother Hendrika Teeuwen with six children (3 boys and 3 girls aged 2 – 16 yr traveled (immigrated) from Rotterdam to Hoboken NJ in April 1952. We left Holland April 4 the day after my youngest brother turned 2 yr. I was 5 yr old and remember the ship being elegant and the US a very strange place with strange food.

    • Good morning,

      thank you for reading my blog.

      I had a quick look in my files: Your trans atlantic crossing was Veendam voyage 180:

      With the schedule: 4 April ;Rotterdam, 5 April calling at Le Havre, 6 April calling at Southampton, Ocean Crossing, and 16 April arrival New York.

      Best regards

      Capt. Albert

  20. Dear Captain,

    Thank you for your excellent and continuing archival research on the history of the Veendam. My grandparents, mother and aunt sailed on the Veendam as refugees from Nazism, arriving in Hoboken, NJ on January 27, 1939. I believe they embarked at Rotterdam. Can you shed any more light on this journey, e.g. passenger lists, ports of call? The passengers’ surname is Loewenstein (Erich, Greta, Doris, Vera). They later changed it to Livingston but I presume they did not yet travel under their Anglicized name.

    Thank you very much!

  21. Hi there,
    My mum has left me her autobiography and in it she says that she sailed on the ss Veendam 11 from Southampton to New York in 1946. Her name was Janet Carisle. Can you confirm this please. Do you have any record of this? Any info would be great, ie cabin type, weather etc.
    Many thanks
    Barbara meikle

  22. I’ve just made a mistake with the above post! Her name was not Janet Carlisle, it was Janet Johnstone or Jenny Johnstone (as she was known) She was making the journey from Southampton to New York to get married to Sam Carlisle in 1946. In her autobiography she mentions this trip on the ss Veendam. Can u confirm this journey please? Any info would be great ie ticket number, weather, cabin type etc.
    Barbara Meikle

    • Good morning,

      I read both your posts. To confirm anything I will need as a minimum the month of the year in which she sailed, and if possible
      the departure date of the ship or the arrival date in NY. in 1946. The manifests in the HAL archives are by sailing date, so a year
      alone it too vague to go by. If you can give me some more detail I can do a dig later in the year.

      thank you for reading my blog

      Capt. Albert

  23. Good day.
    I have been interested in looking into some of my genealogy. My parents and I sailed on the Veedam from the Hoek of Holland to New York in May of 1953. We disembarked at Hoboken.
    I am trying to locate any passenger manifests from the trip. Do you have a location I can look to obtain any information?
    Any assistance would be appreciated.

    Peter J Wessels

    • Good morning,

      if you are in Holland or can reach Holland. Visit the HAL archives, held by the Rotterdam Municipal archives “Stadsarchief” at Katsedijk 651 rotterdam. they have them on file, more or less complete from 1900 until 1960. I can look for you, but only later in the year, as I am at sea.

      so let me know how you get on

      thank you for reading my blog

      Capt. Albert

  24. Philip Frankland

    May 27, 2015 at 9:54 am

    My parents, Grandmother and I took this vessel from Southampton England to New York in March 1947. I was 4 years old. We took the train from NY to Montreal and became Canadians.


  25. I am curious as to whether there are records of all of the Veendam’s voyages (dates, ports of call, etc.)? Thanks!

    • Thank you for reading my blog.

      To answer your question, yes there are. I have not put them on line yet, as I have not traced all the voyages yet, but if you let me
      know what you are looking for I will try to oblige.

      Best regards

      Capt. Albert

  26. Excellent Blog. So interesting.

    My parents and three children ( me included) and other family members left Rotterdam, Holland and arrived in Hoboken, New Jersey. August of 1948.

    Under the name Wilhelm Fikse.

    Is there a manifest to e-mail me. I do have a picture of my Uncle standing in front of the Veendam. How long was the trip?

    In 1957 our family took another trip from New York to Salais, France. Do you also have the manifest of that.

    Thank you for all your assistance.

    • Good morning,

      thank you for reading my blog. A manifest is not so easy as the records are incomplete just after the war. Your best chance would be to check with the Ellis island records as I believe they also collated the records there after WWII, even if the ships went straight to the dock.
      A typical crossing would take 12 days. The Veendam was by this time only used for emigrant trips and was old and tired after heavy usage during the war, so she did not go that fast anymore. A regular crossing would only take 6 days.

      For you 1957 query I would need the name of the ship and the sailing date before I could even attempt to find something.

      Best regards

      Capt. Albert

  27. My parents Karl and Elisabeth Paquee and myself sailed in June of 1953 from Rotterdam to Hoboken NJ; is it possible to see/obtain a list of passengers? We were in tourist class; I recently came across menus and newspapers from the voyage.

    • Thank you for reading my blog,

      If sailed in June then you were on voyage 183. Which left Rotterdam on 27 june and called at LeHavre – Southampton – New York, arrival 09 July.
      If you arrived in New York in June, then you were on voyage 182 which left on 30 may from Rotterdam following the same route except also calling at Halifax before New York.

      Passenger records in the HAL archives stop in 1950, thus you would have to be lucky to find a real passenger list per chance on Ebay or somewhere else.
      Sorry that I can not help you any further with that.

      Best regards

      Capt. Albert

  28. Hans Viergever

    March 6, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    What a great read.
    My Mom, Dad and myself (age 9) were on the last journey of the Veendam.
    We left Rotterdam Oct 2, 1953, around 11 am. Le Havre the next day…(those squared hats on the police on the dock will always be in my memories)… then over to Southampton the next day, then off to North America.
    We landed in Halifax Oct 11, 1953.
    My dad had been called up to the bridge because our CRATES were overweight.. $150.00 please.
    Because we were subsidized and were not allowed to take any money with us, my dad had to telegraph my Uncle in Hamilton, Ontario to have the money in HAL hands before we landed or our belongings would not be coming off the ship, and who knows what would have happened to our stuff.
    I remember vividly a priest who was in our Lifeboat and each drill he would entertain us with magic.
    The thing I remember well is my upset mother never coming up for anything. She was seasick and homesick.
    There were some rough seas, and I remember my dad losing a meal overboard.
    Shuffleboard was always fun, but the 3 minute eggs were not!!!!
    Meals I guess were adequate, but sure not fancy, and NOT Dutch 😉
    The Veendam was reputed to be very stable along its long axis.. it didn’t roll much side to side. Being in the lower levels, we had no window in our room, which had twin bunk-beds (four sleeping in 1 room) to the right and left of the door. I think there was only a common washroom.
    Two years ago we were on the Princess Line Royal Princess, and when I opened the door to our Balcony stateroom, I had this flashback to opening our Veendam room. It was quite the experience.
    It’s still a plan to go to Pier 21 in Halifax Canada which is now a historic site, much like Ellis Island. Our names should be there, although seeing them on the ship log/documents would be cool also.
    I can only imagine what it took for young families to uproot and start a new life so far away.
    It seemed to have worked out for most.
    Best wishes, Capt. Albert.
    Dr. Hans Viergever
    (my dad was Albert Viergever, the captain of our journey, a courageous man of great vision as it turned out)

  29. Thank you for maintaining this interesting website. As with other commenters, my family and I came to the US from Southampton on the Veendam (II). That was in Dec, 1947. Happily I still have the passenger list, some menus and even a steamer trunk bearing the HAL stateroom assignment label.
    Lately, I’ve been thinking about making a small model of the Veendam but with no kits or drawings available, it will have to be an approximation. My first challenge is deciding where to locate the six hatches she carried. Based on your knowledge of ships of that era, how do you think they would be arranged? Two forward, four aft? And would they be side-by-side or in line?
    Trivial stuff, I know, but your advice would be most useful.
    Best regards.

    • Thank you for reading my blog.

      I checked an air photo of the ship docked in Rotterdam:

      The six hatches were located as follows: 1 large, 2 large, 3 small.Then the main superstructure, 4 small, 2nd superstructure, 5 small, end superstructure to stern with hatch 6 small inside it. All hatches in line. The large ones forward were for general cargo, the smaller ones for valuable cargo and for the mail.

      There are small scale 1 to 1250 water line models for sale from specialist model shops and there is a V- ship model from that size out there.

      I have seen at a friend who had nearly the whole hal fleet complete, and although some were home made, the V ships and the Statendam from 1929 were bought in Germany. A good google would no doubt bring up the model company’s.

      I hope this helps

      Best regards

      Capt. Albert

  30. Many thanks for your quick and helpful response. I will definitely work on my internet search skills to see if I can find one of those 1/1250 models.

  31. Loretta Grantman

    July 30, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    I am doing some research on a packet of photos I found. The Photos are black and white and are numbered with a short description of the photo. The photos are approximately 11″x13″. They came in a leather binder with four flaps to hold them in. On the front of the Binder embossed with gold lettering is “SS Veendam, Cruise to the West Indies, 1927). There is also a name or two embossed on the lower right hand corner. I can Make out W. G. Weber. I am just looking to see if anyone would have any info of where the photos may have originated. Thank you.

    • Good morning,

      Thank you for reading my blog. The Veendam made one West Indies cruise in 1927: Voyage 36 leaving New York on 29 January and returning on 14 February.
      To provide more back ground information I would need to see some scans of the photos and the folder. I think, subject to confirmation, that these photos were
      sold on board by the ships photographer but I will only know for sure when I see the cover. My hobby email is Captalbert1@aol.com. Send me some scans and I will try to be of assistance.

      Best regards
      Capt. Albert

  32. Patricia A Averbach

    December 3, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    I would be grateful to anyone with memories or memorabilia related to any Veendam sailing in the years immediately after WWII. I am writing a novel in which several characters cross from Southampton to New York on the Veendam in 1948 and I’d like to include as many factual details and stories as possible. I’m interested in the appearance of the ship, entertainment, art work, food, comfort, class distinctions, nationalities of passengers and crew, pretty much everything and anything. Thank you.

  33. Andre Scharroo

    August 4, 2018 at 5:31 pm

    Thank you Captain Albert for keeping this blog. My Father of the same name worked on the Veendam just before WWII and for several years after. He was a steward and also played Trumpet and String Base in a band on board. He made numerous crossings and I have heard stories of him and friends smuggling nylons back for the ladies in Holland. He is currently 96 years of age. I have been collecting menus, postcards, photos and other paper items from the ship. In 1953, he my mother and sister immigrated to the USA on that ship. I enjoy reading about others experiences on the Veendam and continue to look for photos. Thanks again Captain!

  34. I just found a photo on the deck of this ship may 1939, leaving Hamburg for NY. Can’t imagine what it was like to leave at that time in history.

  35. I just found a photo of my Mom on deck f this ship, on the back of the photo is the name of the ship along with Hamburg to NY, May 1939. Leaving Germany while they could, never to return.

  36. Tietje German

    May 17, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    My parents immigrated from Holland in1950. I have the official Passenger booklet listing their names; the booklet shows they left from Rotterdam on June 2, 1950 on the Veendam. Can you tell me how long the voyage was and where they exactly landed when they arrive in the USA? The Commander of the ship was Captain C.N. Kleijn. My parents are listed as Mr W Hoogeveen and Mrs W Hoogeveen. My parents are now deceased, however, my mom once told me they actually came through Hoboken instead of NY. Is that true?

    • Captain Albert

      May 19, 2019 at 9:31 pm

      Thank you for reading my blog.

      Yes, I can confirm what your mother told you is correct. The ms Veendam left on 02 june 1950 from Rotterdam, this was voyage 161 of the ship. In commmand Capt. Kleyn. The ship called at Le Havre in France and then sailed for New York where it arrived on 13 June. It stayed here until 16 June and then returned to Rotterdam via Southampton. These were mainly immigrant voyages and the ship called at Le Havre to collect additional emigrants who came from middle Europe. So I assume that you will find a number of German names in the passenger list as well from that voyage.
      It is correct that you parents disembarked from Hoboken. A town in New jersey where the Holland America Line piers were located. Exactly opposite Manhattan. Holland America docked there from 1881 until 1964 when it finally moved to downtown Manhattan. Reason was quite simple. Leasing the piers in Hoboken was much cheaper than doing so in Manhattan.

      Best regards

      Capt. Albert

  37. David Gilbert Chappelone

    September 2, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    My name is David Chappelone. My Brother in-law came to America on the Veendam on September 2 1939. Luckily to get here before the rest of his family were lost in death camps. Today is a special day for him and a sad one too. May all understand.

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