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NAME

SS. STATENDAM III

CLASS

LINER

LAUNCHED

SEPTEMBER 1924

BUILT

HARLAND & WOLFF / BELFAST / IRELAND

WEIGHT

29,511 TONS

LENGTH

698 FEET

WIDTH

81 FEET

SPEED

19 KNOTS - TURBINE ENGINES - TWO PROPELLERS


The Holland America Line lost their second Statendam during World War One. That 32,234-ton liner was completed as a troopship for the British Navy. Two German submarines were involved in the sinking of that ship after tracking her down off the west coast of Scotland in July 1918. Work on her replacement, the third Statendam, began in 1921. Construction of this ship took longer than intended and became more expensive due to changes in American emigration laws. This forced the Holland America Line to have her lower decks converted from emigrant compartments into comfortable cabins for the tourist trade and cruising. After being launched in 1924, the Holland America Line had work on her completion put on hold as they had encountered financial difficulties. Assistance from the Dutch Government in 1927 allowed the hull of Statendam to be towed to Schiedam/Holland for completion by Wilton Fijenoord.

Statendam

Statendam was finally completed eight years after her construction had begun. She entered service on the Rotterdam - New York run April 11th 1929. The following ten years saw Statendam operated between that route in summer and cruises out of New York - Caribbean in winter. In the first few months of World War Two, Dutch companies continued to operate their ships as Holland hoped to remain neutral in the conflict. After ships began hitting mines and being targeted by submarines, the Holland America Line was forced to withdraw their liners from service. This led to Statendam being laid up at Rotterdam after returning from New York in December 1939. Germany invaded Holland May 10th 1940 and by the 14th had forced the Dutch to sign terms of surrender. These four days of battles saw heavy fighting in and around Rotterdam. The bombing of the port succeeded in damaging Statendam and two smaller liners beyond repair.

Statendam after being launched at Harland & Wolff
Statendam
Statendam nearing completion at Wilton Fijenoord
Statendam
Statendam after being wrecked at Rotterdam
Statendam

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