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Stories from the Sea, Past and Present

25 February, New additions

Good morning,

As promised in December, here are the first new updates to the website. I have started adding pages with the individual history of the companies ships. I am starting with the Veendam’s and will progress from there until the whole fleet has been covered. Just click the tab: Holland America Line ships Past and present above the website header and click the sub-tabs



  1. Carnival Cruiser

    February 25, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    Captain Albert,
    I just discovered your blog today, and I am thoroughly enjoying it! Both the technical aspects of running a modern day cruise ship and the historical view of cruising are very well written and fascinating!

  2. Nice to have you back and hope you are enjoying your time off.

  3. William McFadden

    February 26, 2008 at 7:08 am

    Dear Captain Albert,
    On Veendam (on your last cruise before vacation) at the Mariner Club Party, I asked you about the bib collar on the sailor’s uniforms. You quite correctly attributed the three stripes as having been awarded by the British Navy. I found that the stripes were awarded for three of Nelson’s victories but I have not learned which battles those were. The collar itself, I found was devised to protect the uniform from the sailors’ pigtails which were coated with tar to help keep the hair in place. The pigtail, in turn, served to keep the hair from being caught in the running rigging.
    Bill McFadden

  4. Good to see you back Kapitein! Thanks for the additions and enjoy the remainder of your leave!

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