Post War Dutch Immigration Memorabilia

Groote Beer June 18, 1952 - Groote Beer June 19,1953  - Groote Beer August 10, 1953
s.s. Maasdam April 26, 1957 -
s.s. Maasdam May 29, 1959 - s.s. Ryndam April 9, 1959
m.v. Seven Seas February 13. 1957 -  s.s. Veendam November 27, 1951

m.v. Seven seas
Wednesday - February 13, 1957
From New York to Bremerhaven
via Halifax, Southampton, Le Havre
and Rotterdam

The "Seven Seas" was built by Sun Shipbuilding & Drydock Co, Chester,Pa. in 1940 as the "Mormacmail" for the US Moore McCormack Line as a freighter.
She was a 12,575 gross ton ship,length overall 492ft x beam 69.2ft, one funnel, one mast, single screw and a speed of 16 knots.
Launched on 15/1/1940, she went to the US Navy in 1941 and was renamed "Long Island".
In April 1947 she was laid up and in 1948 was sold to the Caribbean Land & Shipping Co, renamed "Nelly" and rebuilt as a passenger ship with accommodation for 20-1st class and 1,066-tourist class.
In 1949 she made her first Bremen - Australia voyage and in 1953 was renamed "Seven Seas".
In 1955 she was chartered to the German Europe-Canada Line and on 30/4/1955 commenced her first Bremen - Le Havre- Southampton - Quebec - Montreal voyage.
In Jan 1956 she made her first Bremen - Rotterdam - Havre - Southampton - Halifax - New York voyage (winter service) and in April 1956 resumed Bremen - Quebec - Montreal voyages.
She was bought outright by Europe-Canada Line in 1956 and in April 1963 made her last Bremen - Rotterdam - Havre - Southampton - Quebec - Montreal voyage and subsequently ran to New York.
On 17/7/1965 she had a serious fire in the engine room while 500 miles from St John's NF to which port she was towed.
She was repaired and on 20/6/1966 resumed the New York - Southampton - Le Havre - Rotterdam - Bremen service, starting her last voyage on 13/9/1966.
She was bought by Erasmus University Rotterdam the same year and employed as a students' hostel.


- [North Atlantic Seaway by N.R.P.Bonsor, vol.4,p.1738]
- [Posted to The ShipsList by Ted Finch - 9 January 1998]


Website Links
For the seven Seas

Great Site - Ship Links

The Unofficial Holland American Line
Website (many passenger lists)


Cover             Inside front

First Class

A-H                  H-P

P-V                  V-Z