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History of the Halve Maen Logo

History of the Halve Maen Logo

Recently we were asked on the blog about the history of the Halve Maen and when Holland America started using it. Our trusty HAL Historian Ben van Zeil came through with an answer. Thanks, Ben! The Halve Maen came in use between 1936/1938. The new company logo was based on a pre-launch Nieuw Amsterdam poster…   read more of “History of the…”

HAL’s History Is Open to the Public

HAL’s History Is Open to the Public

The archives of Holland America Line, which are stored in the Rotterdam City Archive, will be open to the public Saturday, Oct. 16. Employees of the City Archive will display posters, books, postcards, passenger lists, photos and menus from the line’s rich past. The archives of Holland America Line are one of the most important…   read more of “HAL’s History Is…”

HAL History: Four Glorious Ships in Rotterdam

HAL History: Four Glorious Ships in Rotterdam

Hallo HALblog readers, Here are photos of four ships from Holland America Line’s glorious past. All were taken in Rotterdam at the famous HAL Wilhelminakade Headquarters terminal. The first photo was taken around 1910. In the foreground is ss Rotterdam and berthed behind her is the ss Nieuw Amsterdam, clearly showing HAL’s docking procedure. The…   read more of “HAL History: Four…”

Historic Holland America Line Photos

Hallo HALbloggers, Browsing the internet you see seldom pictures taken on board ocean liners around 1900, specially pictures taken by passengers. In my picture library they are very rare, so I’m happy to share some of them with you. They where taken on board the Spaarndam between 1897/1900. Obviously they where taken by a first…   read more of “Historic Holland…”

Nieuw Amsterdams’ Smokestacks

Nieuw Amsterdams’ Smokestacks

Hi HAL blog readers, Today marks 25 days to the dedication ceremony of the ms Nieuw Amsterdam by HRH Princess Maxima of The Netherlands. I want to share this small but nice note about the smokestacks of the Nieuw Amsterdam vessels. As you know by now the upcoming Nieuw Amsterdam will be the 4th vessel…   read more of “Nieuw…”