ss Nieuw Amsterdam Goes to Scrap in 1974

ss Nieuw Amsterdam Goes to Scrap in 1974

When I started working for Holland America in 1961 the ss Nieuw Amsterdam was my first ship. In between I worked on many other ships, mainly cargo vessels. Then I was assigned again to passenger ships and it happened to be that the ss Nieuw Amsterdam was on her last voyage.

ss Nieuw Amsterdam departing New York in 1938.

I became one of the 72 skeleton crew that brought her to the breakers in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, in 1974. At 11 o’clock in the morning I was the last person that came off the ss Nieuw Amsterdam. Here are a few pictures of the ss Nieuw Amsterdam the way I found her about four months later when I came back to Kaohsiung.

Johan Onnink is Manager of Nautical Operations for Holland America Line in the headquarter office.


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  1. Hal February 17, 2019 at 2:54 pm - Reply

    I’ve just been shown an ashtray (“1st Class only”) from ss Nieuw Amsterdam which came from my partner ‘s family.

    I know this is a very old post, but this was the 1st result from an internet search.

  2. Paul ONeill May 9, 2021 at 6:22 am - Reply

    On a recent visit to Rotterdam I visited the SS Rotterdam. If the Amsterdam was anything like this it must have been a beauty.

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