Holland America – Nieuw Amsterdam

Tim Konrad
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July 11, 2010

Nieuw Amsterdam1905: “Built by Harland & Wolff at Belfast, Holland America’s first Nieuw Amsterdam was launched in 1905 and made her maiden voyage from Rotterdam to New York on 7 April 1907. She was HAL’s first quadruple expansion powered ship and the line’s last vessel to be fitted with auxiliary sails, which she never needed to deploy.”   greatships.net

Nieuw Amsterdam II – 1937: “The Nieuw Amsterdam was often affectionately nicknamed the “Darling of the Dutch” and was truly a most elegant and handsome ship. This much loved Holland America Line ship had a most eventful career including service as a troopship during the Second World War but was eventually retired from service and scrapped in 1974.” oceanlinermuseum.co.uk

Nieuw Amsterdam III – 1983: “Built by Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard, St. Nazaire, France and delivered to Holland America Line on 1 July, 1983 as the first of two identical sisters which would be known as the “N”-class with HAL. Her younger sister, Noordam followed just under a year later from the same yard. They would be the last new-builds for the, at that time, Dutch-owned Holland-Amerika Lijn.” cruisecritic.com

MS Nieuw Amsterdam2010: MS Nieuw Amsterdam made her maiden voyage earlier this week becoming the 81st ship to enter Holland America’s service and the second largest Holland America ship to date. HollandAmerica.com tell us this about her namesakes.

The first Nieuw Amsterdam was launched in 1906 and used both a full set of sails and steam engines. She was 17,149 tons and carried 2,886 passengers, 2,200 of them in third class. She sailed in regular service through World War I and then through to 1932.

The famed Nieuw Amsterdam II joined the fleet in 1938 as the company’s flagship. The silhouette of this ship can still be seen today behind Henry Hudson’s Half Moon in the company’s logo. At 36,287 tons, “the Darling of the Dutch,” as she was known, was decorated in great style and was launched by Her Majesty Queen Wilhemina of the Netherlands. Nieuw Amsterdam II served proudly in World War II completing 44 war time voyages carrying nearly 400,000 passengers (mostly troops). Following the war she was rebuilt and, as the queen of Holland America Line’s “spotless fleet,” hosted countless well-known figures among her guests, including Katherine Hepburn, Rita Hayworth, Spencer Tracey and Albert Schweitzer.

Nieuw Amsterdam III was launched in 1983 as one of the most elegant ships of her time. At 33,900 tons, Nieuw Amsterdam III sailed in Alaska in the summers and in the Caribbean in the winters. hollandamerica.com

History of the Nieuw Amsterdam – greatships.net

Photos of the S/S Nieuw Amsterdam II – oceanlinermuseum.co.uk

History of the S/S Nieuw Amsterdam II

History of Nieuw Amsterdam III boards.cruisecritic.com

Photos of the brand new MS Nieuw Amsterdam from dubrovacki.hr

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