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Video: ss Rotterdam’s Inaugural Year

Special thanks to HAL Mariner and blog contributor Fred Claessen for sharing this video with us.

This video is from ss Rotterdam’s inaugural year 1959-1960. The first cruise was around South America in 49 days, followed by three Caribbean cruises and four big continental cruises round-trip New York. I was a cabin steward on the main deck mid-starboard and the only one who was filming on board. Now after more than 50 years I have digitalized the 8 mm film. I hope that those who were on board these cruises will enjoy the film, especially my mates William Koster and Theo Legerstee. – Fred Claessen (

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  • Claudia Staehr

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful video. My family and I sailed on the ss Rotterdam on 23 May, 1962, from New York via Southampton and LeHavre to Rotterdam. The Captain was C.G. Kooyman. Our diningroom steward was Herman Lancee. He told us about his horse “Gloxinia”. . .perhaps you knew him? I am looking forward to a transatlantic voyage on the “Rotterdam” on 17 April, 2012, from Ft. Lauderdale via Funchal, Lisbon, Brest and Cherbourg to Rotterdam. . .50 years later on a ship by the same name. All the best to you.

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