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And the Trans-Atlantic Essay Contest Winner is…

And the Trans-Atlantic Essay Contest Winner is…

Maria Henderson! Her essay told the story of her family’s crossing from Rotterdam to New York City in 1956 aboard ss Groote Beer, a Holland America Line ship at the time. Maria’s essay was chosen from more than 400 entries in the Trans-Atlantic Essay Contest held to commemorate the HAL’s 40th anniversary of its transition…   read more of “And the…”

HAL History: Panoramic Pictures From a Golden Past

HAL History: Panoramic Pictures From a Golden Past

Hallo Hablog readers, When we talk about the impressive history of Holland America Line, we often see pictures of Holland America’s home terminal in Rotterdam. It’s rare to see pictures of Holland America’s piers in New York, more precisely Hoboken, New Jersey. The 5th street pier was Holland America’s home until 1963. Here I have…   read more of “HAL History:…”

Essay Contest Entry: Memories from 1963

Essay Contest Entry: Memories from 1963

The below was entered into Holland America Line’s trans-Atlantic essay contest. It was a bittersweet New York City day in 1963 as I boarded my first Holland America Ocean Liner, The New Amsterdam: destination Rotterdam. At the innocent age of six years old, I skipped then walked across the flimsy wooden gangplank, my long brown…   read more of “Essay Contest…”

Essay Contest Entry: An Unforgettable Transatlantic Voyage

Essay Contest Entry: An Unforgettable Transatlantic Voyage

The below was entered into Holland America Line’s trans-Atlantic essay contest. For details on how to enter, click HERE. Ambulances blared past our 1967 Pontiac Catalina headed toward the airport. I resented the disruption of autumn’s spectacle and the magnificent J.S. Bach fugue. We were all classically trained musicians, except my mother, who, like George…   read more of “Essay Contest…”

Essay Contest Entry: Bound for New York City on Nieuw Amsterdam

Essay Contest Entry: Bound for New York City on Nieuw Amsterdam

The below was entered into Holland America Line’s trans-Atlantic essay contest. For details on how to enter, click HERE. The following account is a transatlantic crossing on April 18, 1950 aboard Holland America Line’s ss Nieuw Amsterdam ship from Rotterdam to New York City. “Don’t say anything!” “Niks zeggen!” My mother’s shushing, pointed finger is…   read more of “Essay Contest…”