ROTTERDAM- a success story

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ROTTERDAM- a success story

Post by Deepol » Thu Sep 12, 2013 12:30 pm

Some photos from the collection of the 1959 built Dutch liner now back home in Rotterdam on permanent display as a hotel. She was launched at the Rotterdam Drydock yard on September 13th 1958 by Queen Juliana and sailed on her maiden voyage on September 3rd 1959.
Serving Holland America till 1997 she was sold on to Premier Cruises becoming their REMBRANDT but had a short career with them only till 2000 when they went into receivership and she ended up under arrest in Halifax.
Remarkably in the early 2000s it was decided to undertake a resoration programme and a berth was selected near the Euromast in Rotterdam. Following work both in Poland and Germany, resplendent in original colours she arrived back in Rotterdam in August 2008 and opened to the public in February 2010.
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Rotterdam-funnels-fit.jpg
Her funnels arriving by barge.
Rotterdam-dep-trials (2).jpg
Departing on trials
Rotterdam-card.jpg
Classic card of her.
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Re: ROTTERDAM- a success story

Post by Deepol » Thu Sep 12, 2013 12:37 pm

More early shots.
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Rotterdam-trials-aerial.JPG
Aerial trials photo
RotterdamModel (2).jpg
A model that did the rounds at one time. I remember a similar one on display at the Kelvin Hall in the late 50s/early 60s
Rotterdam-aerial-JW.jpg
Her maiden arrival in New York. John Winters' collection.
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Re: ROTTERDAM- a success story

Post by Deepol » Thu Sep 12, 2013 12:45 pm

Black hull which I preferred but glad she's back to original grey for preservation.
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Rotterdam-PanamaCanal.jpg
Magazine photo in Panama Canal
Rotterdam-MilfordSound1997-CH.jpg
Rotterdam-MilfordSound1997-CHFile4184.jpg
Two shots from Chris Howell in Milford Sound in New Zealand on her last World Cruise in 1997.
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Post by Deepol » Thu Sep 12, 2013 12:49 pm

As REMBRANDT and return home.
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From a TV documentary
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Post by Deepol » Thu Sep 12, 2013 1:00 pm

Finally a memory from Bill Court and courtesy Anton and Sergio Grimaldi a couple of publicity cards for the Hotel.
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Rotterdam-Hobart10Feb96-2-BillCourt.jpg
Hobart in February 1996. Bill Court
Rotterdam-Hotel.jpg
Card of deck view
Rotterdam-preserved-card-AntonGrimaldi.jpg
Card giving general view of her berth.
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Post by Deepol » Thu Mar 13, 2014 10:40 am

Some more memories of her. These courtesy John Kent showing her at Fremantle. I thought she looked her best with the black hull.
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Re: ROTTERDAM- a success story

Post by Deepol » Thu Mar 13, 2014 10:43 am

Her homecoming courtesy of the Grimaldis.
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Rotterdam arriva a casa dopo molti anni.jpg
Rotterdam ritorno a casa con Saint Colman dalla Scozia a guardare.jpg
This is not the homecoming but this view specially selected owing to the presence of a certain Glasgow coaster....
Rotterdam casa di finale Maashaven.jpg
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Re: ROTTERDAM- a success story

Post by Deepol » Tue Sep 15, 2015 1:15 pm

ss Rotterdam Rembrandt venuta fuoru Gibilterra essera rimontata.jpg
ss Rembrandt Rotterdam Gibilterra lavori di riparazione.jpg
ss Rembrandt Gibilterra.jpg
Again from the Grimaldis shots of her at Gibraltar where she underwent preparatory work prior to the main reconditioning.
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Re: ROTTERDAM- a success story

Post by Deepol » Tue May 03, 2016 1:03 pm

A cutting of the model on display outside the Art Galleries and a mural in Katendrecht.
RotterdamModel-KelvinHall-1959.jpg
RotterdamMural-Katendrecht.jpg
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