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Stoomvaart Maatschappij Nederland / Netherlands Steamship Co.

Founded in 1870 to operate a direct passenger service between Holland and the Dutch East Indies via the Suez Canal. During the Great War, Holland being a neutral country took the oppurtunity to establish a subsidiary company, Java - New York Line, initially via the Cape of Good Hope, and after 1917 via the Panama Canal. In 1915 the Java Pacific Line was set up to operate between Java and the Pacific Coast of America via Hong Kong and Manila. Later services expanded to include Gulf of Mexico ports. World War II caused disruption and heavy losses to the fleet, but in 1941 the company diversified into the tramping trade and in 1948 set up new routes between South Africa and South America and between Holland, the Persian Gulf and India. Due to the closure of the Indonesian market by the Indonesian Government in 1957, the two remaining passenger ships were transferred to a round-the-world cruise service. All trade to Indonesia under the Dutch flag was discontinued in 1960, the Java - New York Line ceased services and a new route was started with Bombay as the final destination. A new service under the name Nedlloyd Middle East Express was started between the Great Lakes and the Persian Gulf, India and Pakistan. The European service sailed to China and Japan and added New Guinea, Tahiti, New Caledonia and New Zealand to it's routes. Netherlands Line and Rotterdam Lloyd formed Nedlloyd Lines in 1963 and each firm contributed 25 ships to the new company, which then took over all services from the founding companies. The same year, Indonesia lifted trade restrictions on Dutch carriers. Services between the east coast of the USA and India and those from Africa were terminated in 1967. In 1969 Netherland Line, Royal Rotterdam Lloyd, Royal Interocean Lines and Vereenigde Nederlandsche Scheepvaart Mij., combined to form Nederlandsche Scheepvaart Unie and Netherland Line disappeared as a seperate entity.

Many thanks to Ted Finch for his assistance in collecting this data. The following list was extracted from various sources. This is not an all inclusive list but should only be used as a guide. If you would like to know more about a vessel, visit the Ship Descriptions (onsite) or Immigrant Ship web site.

see also: ships managed by Netherlands SS Co for the Dutch Government, during and after WWII.

Funnel:
Buff funnel with black top

Fleet:

Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Ambon 1901 1925 sold to N.V. Hollandsche Stoom. Maats., Amsterdam renamed Eemstroom. 3,598
Amsteldiep (2) 1960 ex- Nieuw Tonge, 1963 purchased from N.V. Nederlandse Vracht en Tankvaart renamed Amsteldiep, 1982 sold to Liberia renamed Olympian 13,950
Amstelhof 1964 1979 sold to Greece renamed Rio Lindo. 19,985
Angolakust 1955 1964 purchased from N.V. Hollandsche Stoom. Maats., Amsterdam, 1971 sold to Cyprus renamed Akra Tenaron. 3,356
Bali (1) 1899 1914 sold to India renamed Zayani. 3,389
Bali (2) 1917 1918-1919 taken over by U.S. Shipping Board, 1932 sold to Greece renamed Max Wolf. 6,693
Bali (3) 1943 launched by Germans, 1944 scuttled at Dordrecht, 1947 repaired and completed, 1971 sold to Panama renamed Lucky Three. 9,462
Balong   see Batang. .
Banda (1) 1906 1924 sold to N.V. Hollandsche Stoom. Maats., Amsterdam renamed Scheldestroom. 3,893
Banda (2) 1956 1976 sold to Liberia renamed Seafarer. 8,785
Banggai 1957 1978, sold to Hong Kong renamed Giant Pioneer, 1979 scrapped. 8,838
Banka (1) 1914 1927 sold to N.V. Java-China-Japan Lijn, Amsterdam renamed Tjipondok. 6,561
Banka (2) 1953 1957 renamed Bengkalis (2), 1974 sold to Panama renamed Tredan. 9,474
Batang 1956 1956 renamed Balong, 1977 sold to Thailand renamed Jutha Dhipya. 8,789
Batjan (1) 1913 1918-1919 taken over by U.S. Shipping Board, 1927 sold to N.V. Java-China-Japan Lijn, Amsterdam renamed Tjikampek. 6,285
Batjan (2) 1956 1978 sold to Singapore renamed Kota Selamat. 8,789
Batoe (1) 1917 1935 sold to Russia renamed Kulu. 6,535
Batu 1957 1978 sold to Panama renamed Sea Treasure. 8,838
Bawean (1) 1914 1927 sold to N.V Vereenigde Nederlandsche Scheep. Maats. renamed Giekerk. 6,479
Bawean (2) 1953 1973 sold to Indonesia renamed Gembira. 9,525
Bengkalis (1) 1917 1953 scrapped. 6,453
Bengkalis (2)   see Banka (2). .
Billiton (1) 1908 1929 sold to N.V Vereenigde Nederlandsche Scheep. Maats. 5,890
Billiton (2) 1951 1973 sold to Panama renamed Mercury Sea. 7,445
Bintang (1) 1916 1942 torpedoed and sunk 650 miles east of Trinidad. 6,480
Bintang (2) 1950 1970 sold to Greece. 8,274
Boeroe 1914 1918-1919 taken over by British Shipping Controller, 1927 sold to N.V Vereenigde Nederlandsche Scheep. Maats. renamed Grijpskerk 6,591
Boeton 1913 1927 sold to N.V. Java-China-Japan Lijn, Amsterdam renamed Tjimenteng. 6,275
Borneo (1) 1916 WWI taken over by U.S. Shipping Board for a while, 1932 scrapped. 6,548
Borneo (2) 1943 launched by Germans and 1944 scuttled at Waalhaven, 1947 repaired and completed, 1969 sold to Cyprus renamed Azalea. 9,426
Burgemeester den Tex   see Insulinde. .
Calcutta 1911 1927 sank in River Hooghly near Calcutta after collision with Hansa Line s/s Rabenfels. 5,541
Camerounkust 1955 1969 sold to Liberia renamed Universe. 3,413
Celebes (1) 1884 1893 purchased from N.V. Stoomvaart Maats. Phoenix, Amsterdam, 1897 sold to N.V. Koninklijke Paketvaart Maats., Amsterdam. 2,321
Celebes (2) 1907 1918-1919 taken over by U.S. Shipping Board, 1926 sold to Vereenigde Nederlandsche Scheep. Maats., renamed Rijperkerk. 5,875
Celebes (3) 1943 completed by Germans as Navy supply ship, 1946 returned to Holland, 1966 sold to Peru renamed Paracas. 9,406
Ceram (1) 1904 ex- Scottish Monarch, 1905 purchased from Monarch SS Co., Glasgow renamed Ceram, 1926 scrapped. 4,348
Ceram (2) 1943 ex- Philips Wouwerman, 1946 purchased from Dutch Government renamed Ceram, 1953 transferred to N.V. Reederij Amsterdam renamed Amsteltoren, 1953 renamed Amstelbrug, 1959 sold to Greece renamed Armathia. 7,091
Christiaan Huygens 1927 1945 mined in Scheldt estuary, beached and broke in two. 16,286
Conrad 1871 1897 scrapped. 3,120
Cuanza 1943 ex- Dona Aurora, 1950 purchased from Philippines renamed Cuanza, 1950 renamed Elmina, 1955 renamed Nias, 1963 sold to Liberia renamed Torres. 6,875
Eemstroom   see Guineekust. .
Elmina   see Cuanza. .
Enggano (1) 1920 1942 bombed and sunk by Japanese aircraft south of Sumatra. 5,412
Enggano (2) 1943 ex- Van der Waals, 1950 purchased from Dutch Government renamed Enggano, 1957 transferred to N.V. Reederij Amsterdam renamed Amstellaan, 1961 sold to Liberia renamed Silver State. 7,264
Flores 1899 1916 sold to Skibs Akties Flores, Christiania, Norway. 3,610
Gabonkust 1955 1969 sold to Liberia renamed Unison. 3,413
Grotius 1907 1931 scrapped. 5,867
Guineekust 1955 1964 purchased from N.V. Hollandsche Stoom. Maats., Amsterdam, 1969 renamed Eemstroom, 1973 sold to Nicaragua, resold to Italy renamed Jollyverde. 3,349
Insulinde 1882 1883 renamed Burgemeester den Tex, 1900 converted to cargo, 1900 sold to SGTM, Marseilles renamed Ile de France. 3,074
Jan Pieterszoon 1915 1940 loaded with ore and scuttled at Ijmuiden as blockship. 11,140
Java (1)   see Koningin Emma (1). .
Java (2) 1902 1927 sold to Italy renamed Anfitrite. 4,832
Java (3) 1939 1963 scrapped. 9,250
Johan de Witt 1920 1948 sold to Cia. Maritime del Este, Panama renamed Neptunia. 10,355
Johan van Oldenbarnevelt 1930 1963 sold to Shipping Investment Corp., Greece renamed Lakonia. (picture) 19,428
Kaap Hoorn 1958 1975 sold to Liberia renamed Al Hilal. 12,181
Kambangan 1911 1918-1919 taken over by British Shipping Controller, 1931 scrapped. 6,917
Kangean 1912 1931 sold to Japan for scrapping but resold to Russia renamed Vsevolod Sibirtseff. 6,857
Karachi 1958 renamed Kapelle, 1978 renamed Nedlloyd Kapella, 1978 sold to Singapore renamed Kota Dewi. 10,891
Karakorum 1958 1978 renamed Nedlloyd Karakorum, 1979 sold to Singapore renamed Kota Dewa. 10,891
Karimata (1) 1911 1931 sold to N.V Vereenigde Nederlandsche Scheep. Maats.renamed Westerkerk. 6,939
Karimata (2) 1953 1972 sold to Somalia renamed Sinyeh. 10,783
Karimoen (1) 1911 1930 sold to N.V Vereenigde Nederlandsche Scheep. Maats. renamed Waalkerk. 6,940
Karimun (2) 1953 1972 sold to Somalia renamed Sinkai. 10,783
Koning der Nederlanden 1872 1881 sank n Indian Ocean after propeller shaft fractured. 3,062
Koning Willem I 1898 1913 sold to Cie. de Nav. Marocaine et Armenienne, Marseilles renamed Abda. 4,446
Koning Willem II 1900 1912 sold to Cie. de Nav. Marocaine et Armenienne, Marseilles renamed Doukkala. 4,293
Koning Willem III 1900 11914 sold to Servizi Marittimi, Venice renamed Atene. 4,541
Koningin der Nederlanden 1911 1918-1919 taken over by U.S. Shipping Board, 1932 scrapped. 8,280
Koningin Emma (1) 1879 1879 chartered from N.V.Stoomvaart Maats. Java, Amsterdam, 1887 purchased, 1894 converted to cargo renamed Java, 1901 sold to Italy renamed Jolanda. 2,299
Koningin Emma (2) 1913 1915 mined and sunk near Sunk Lightship. 9,181
Koningin Regentes 1894 1911 sold to India renamed Koweit. 3,618
Koningin Wilhelmina 1896 1911 sold to Cie. de Nav. Marocaine et Armenienne, Marseilles renamed Chaouia. 4,249
Krakatau 1912 1930 sold to N.V Vereenigde Nederlandsche Scheep. Maats. renamed Wissekerk. 6,738
Lawak 1945 ex- Winchester Victory, 1947 purchased from U.S. War Shipping Administration renamed Lawak, 1963 sold to Greece renamed Orient Liner. 7,635
Lekkerkerk 1943 1950 purchased from Dutch Government, 1951 sold to N.V Vereenigde Nederlandsche Scheep. Maats. 7,217
Liberiakust 1960 1964 purchased from N.V. Hollandsche Stoom. Maats., Amsterdam, 1971 sold to Greece reanmed Akra Sounion. 4,623
Lindekerk 1943 1950 purchased from Dutch Government, 1951 sold to N.V Vereenigde Nederlandsche Scheep. Maats. 7,234
Lombok (1)   see Prinses Wilhelmina. .
Lombok (2) 1907 1918-1919 taken over by British Shipping Controller, 1926 sold to N.V. Hollandsche Stoom. Maats., Amsterdam renamed Ijstroom. 5,934
Lombok (3) 1945 ex- Pittston Victory, 1947 purchased from U.S. War Shipping Administration renamed Lombok, 1963 sold to China Merchants S.N. Co., Taipeh renamed Hai Dah. 7,642
Madoera (2) 1922 1956 transferred to N.V. Reederij Amsterdam, renamed Amstelwal, 1958 scrapped. 9,360
Madura (1) 1897 1912 sold to Koninklijke Nederlandsche Stoom. Maats., Amsterdam renamed Sirius. 3,351
Manoeran 1922 1956 transferred to N.V. Reederij Amsterdam, renamed Amstelslot, 1958 scrapped. 9,374
Mapia 1923 1958 scrapped. 9,351
Marnix van Sint Aldegonde 1930 1943 torpedoed and sunk by German aircraft off Algeria. 19,355
Moena 1923 1942 torpedoed and sunk near Trinidad. 9,285
Nanusa 1943 ex- Congostroom, 1955 purchased from N.V. Hollandsche Stoom. Maats, Amsterdam renamed Nanusa, 1963 sold to Philippines renamed President Aguinaldo. 5,165
Neder Ebro 1960 1978 renamed Nedlloyd Ebro, 1982 sold to Singapore renamed Kota Murni. 10,275
Neder Eems 1959 1978 renamed Nedlloyd Eems, 1979 sold to Saudia Arabia renamed Saudi Star. 10,275
Neder Elbe 1959 1978 renamed Nedlloyd Elbe, 1979 sold to Singapore renamed Kota Maju. 10,275
Neder Lek 1968 1978 renamed Nedlloyd Lek, 1981 renamed Safocean Mildura, 1987 renamed Nedlloyd Lek, 1988 sold to Panama renamed Sinbad Voyager. 9,627
Neder Linge 1967 1978 renamed Nedlloyd Linge, 1991 renamed Linge, scrapped. 9,638
Neder Rhone 1963 1978 renamed Nedlloyd Rhone, 1983 sold to Saudi Arabia renamed Saudi al Medina. 10,280
Neder Rijn 1962 1978 renamed Nedlloyd Rijn, 1982 sold to Saudi Arabia renamed Saudi Ambassador. 10,300
Neder Waal 1959 1978 renamed Nedlloyd Waal, 1980 sold to Singapore renamed Kota Waal. 10,897
Neder Weser 1960 1978 renamed Nedlloyd Weser, 1982 sold to Saudia Arabia renamed Saudi Dammam. 10,959
Nias (1) 1909 1929 sold to N.V Vereenigde Nederlandsche Scheep. Maats. 5,916
Nias (2)   see Cuanza. .
Oranje (1) 1903 1922 sold to Cie. de Nav. Paquet, Marseilles renamed Anfa. 4,436
Oranje (2) 1939 1941-1946 Australian Navy hospital ship, 1964 sold to Achille Lauro, Naples renamed Angelina Lauro. 20,016
Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft 1926 1932 gutted by fire at Amsterdam and scrapped. 14,642
Poelau Bras 1929 1942 bombed and sunk by Japanese aircraft off Sumatra. 9,278
Poelau Laut 1929 1942-1945 U.S. Army troopship, 1959 scrapped. 9,272
Poelau Roebiah 1928 1943 torpedoed and sunk south of Jamaica. 9,250
Poelau Tello 1929 1942 bombed and sunk by Japanese aircraft at Padang, Sumatra. 9,272
Prins Alexander 1881 1901 sold to Lavarello, Genoa renamed Aurelia. 3,017
Prins der Nederlanden 1914 1935 sold to Lloyd Triestino, Genoa renamed Aquileja. 9,201
Prins Frederik 1881 1890 sunk in collision with s/s Marpessa in Bay of Biscay. 3,070
Prins Hendrik (1) 1871 1873 wrecked in Red Sea. 3,065
Prins Hendrik (2) 1874 1886 sank after collision at Aden, salvaged and sold to Bombay owners, renamed Sultan. 2,804
Prins Hendrik (3) 1890 1907 sold to Jebsen, Hamburg renamed Erna. 3,528
Prins van Oranje 1871 1893 converted to cargo only, 1900 sold to Lavarello, Genoa renamed Maria. 3,019
Prinses Amalia 1874 1906 sold to British shipbreakers, 1907 resold to Italy and scrapped. 3,480
Prinses Juliana 1910 1918-1919 taken over by British Shipping Controller, 1930 sold to N.V. Koninklijke Nederlandsche Stoom. Maats., Amsterdam renamed Costa Rica. 8,085
Prinses Marie 1879 1899 scrapped after grounding in Sunda Strait. 2,793
Prinses Sophie 1890 1907 sold to Jebsen, Hamburg renamed Ella. 3,509
Prinses Wilhelmina 1882 1896 converted to cargo renamed Lombok (1), 1901 sold to SGTM, Marseilles renamed Orleanais. 2,596
Radja (1) 1913 1918-1919 taken over by U.S. Shipping Board, 1933 scrapped. 7,503
Radja (2) 1946 no further info. 8,330
Raki 1942 ex- H.M.S. Begum, 1947 purchased from U.S. Navy renamed Raki, 1966 sold to Liberia renamed I-Yung. 8,207
Rembrandt 1906 1928 scrapped. 5,876
Rempang 1942 ex- H.M.S.Khedive, 1947 purchased from U.S. Navy renamed Rempang, 1968 sold to Panama renamed Daphne. 8,207
Riouw (1) 1914 1933 scrapped. 7,623
Riouw (2) 1941 ex- H.M.S. Stalker, 1947 purchased from U.S. Navy renamed Riouw, 1967 sold to Panama renamed Lobito. 8,221
Roebiah 1943 ex- H.M.S. Queen, 1947 purchased from U.S. Navy renamed Roebiah, 1966 sold to Philippines, renamed President Marcos. 8,206
Roepat (1) 1914 1918-1919 taken over by U.S. Shipping Board, 1933 scrapped. 7,562
Roepat (2) 1946 1967 scrapped. 8,323
Rondo (1) 1914 1918-1919 taken over by U.S. Shipping Board, 1933 scrapped. 7,575
Rondo (2) 1946 1972 scrapped. 8,354
Rotti (1) 1914 1933 scrapped. 7,518
Rotti (2) 1946 1972 scrapped. 8,358
Salabangka 1920 1943 torpedoed and sunk south of Durban. 6,586
Salawati 1920 1956 transferred to N.V. Reederij Amsterdam, renamed Amstelkade, 1957 sold to Panama renamed Good Hope. 6,642
Saleier 1920 1941 torpedoed and sunk E.S.E of Cape Farewell. 6,562
Saparoea 1920 1955 transferred to N.V. Reederij Amsterdam, renamed Amstelvliet, 1957 sold to Panama renamed Sincerity. 6,668
Sembilan 1922 1943 torpedoed and sunk by Italian submarine S.E of Durban. 6,566
Simaloer 1920 1941 bombed and abandoned N.W. of Ireland, later sank. 6,533
Singkep 1924 1958 scrapped. 6,607
Soemba 1924 1941 capsized and sank in Atlantic after cargo shifted. Loss of 34 lives. 6,718
Soembawa 1899 1912 sold to Koninklijke Nederlandsche Stoom. Maats., Amsterdam renamed Hector. 3,374
Soenda 1866 ex- Celebes, 1876 chartered from N.V.Stoomvaart Maats. Java, Amsterdam, 1882 renamed Soenda, 1887 purchased, 1900 scrapped. 2,265
Sumatra (1) 1882 1895 converted to cargo, 1901 sold to SGTM, Marseilles renamed Nivernais. 2,554
Sumatra (2) 1908 1918-1919 taken over by British Shipping Controller, 1929 sold to N.V Vereenigde Nederlandsche Scheep. Maats. 5,850
Sumatra (3) 1943 completed by Germans as Navy supply ship, 1945 returned to Holland, 1968 scrapped. 9,553
Tabian 1930 1962 scrapped. 8,150
Tabinta 1930 1941-1946 U.S. Army troopship, 1961 scrapped. 8,156
Tajandoen 1931 1939 torpedoed and sunk by U-Boat off Ushant. 8,158
Talisse 1930 1961 scrapped. 8,168
Tanimbar 1930 1942 torpedoed and sunk by Italian aircraft off Sardinia. 8,169
Tarakan 1930 1960 scrapped. 8,183
Tawali 1931 1960 scrapped. 8,177
Timor 1900 1919 sold to Belgium renamed Tabora. 3,608
Togokust 1959 1964 purchased from N.V. Hollandsche Stoom. Maats., Amsterdam, 1971 sold to Greece renamed Akra Rion. 3,356
Vondel 1907 1930 scrapped. 5,866
Voorwaarts 1874 1895 converted to cargo only, 1899 sprang a leak, went ashore near Bude and broke in two. 2,802
Willem II 1871 1871 damaged by fire, salved, 1873 sold to W. McArthur, London renamed Quang-Se. 2,735

Ships managed by Netherlands SS Co for the Dutch Government, during and after WWII.

Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Balingkar 1921 ex- Werdenfels (Hansa Line), 1940 seized by Holland renamed Balingkar, 1942 torpedoed and sunk. 6,318
Berakit 1924 ex- Vogtland (Hamburg America Line), 1940 seized by Holland renamed Berakit, 1943 torpedoed and sunk. 6,608
Fort Nassau 1943 ex- Cape Sable, 1943 purchased by Dutch Gov't from USA renamed Fort Nassau managed by Netherlands SS Co, 1946 sold to Royal Netherlands SS Co., Amsterdam renamed Delft. 5,301
Groote Beer 1944 ex- Costa Rica Victory, 1947 purchased by Dutch Gov't from USA for use as troopship, renamed Groote Beer managed by Netherlands SS Co., 1951 rebuilt as emigrant ship and transferred to Holland America Line. 7,630
Hugo de Groot 1944 ex- J. H. Drummond, 1943 purchased by Dutch Gov't from USA renamed Hugo de Groot managed by Netherlands SS Co., 1950 acquired by N.V. Reederij, Amsterdam renamed Amstelpark. 7,254
Jan Steen 1942 ex- Ocean Victory, 1943 purchased by Dutch Gov't from Ministry of War Transport, London renamed Jan Steen managed by Netherlands SS Co., 1946 acquired by N.V. Reederij, Amsterdam renamed Amstelveen. 7,148
Kentar 1920 ex- Naumburg (Hamburg America Line), 1940 seized by Holland renamed Kentar, 1942 torpedoed and sunk; loss of 37 lives. 5,878
Mangkalihat 1928 ex- Lindenfels (Hansa Line), 1940 seized by Holland renamed Mangkalihat, 1943 torpedoed and sunk. 7,457
Mariso 1930 ex- Bitterfeld (Hamburg America Line), 1940 seized by Holland renamed Mariso, 1943 torpedoed and sunk. 7,659
Mendanau 1922 ex- Cassel (Hamburg America Line), 1940 seized by Holland renamed Mendanau, 1942 torpedoed and sunk. 6,047
Noesaniwi 1936 ex- Wuppertal (Hamburg America Line), 1940 seized by Holland renamed Noesaniwi, 1946 transferred to Rotterdam Lloyd. 6,737
Sembilangan 1923 ex- Wasgenwald (Hamburg America Line), 1940 seized by Holland renamed Sembilangan, 1943 torpedoed and sunk; loss of 86 lives. 4,990
Terborch 1944 1944 purchased by Dutch Gov't from Ministry of War Transport, London, managed by Netherlands SS Co, 1946 sold to Holland America Line renamed Eemdijk. 9,894
Wangi Wangi 1926 ex- Franken (North German Lloyd), 1940 seized by Holland renamed Wangi Wangi, 1941 torpedoed and sunk. 7,789
Zuiderkruis 1944 ex- Cranston Victory, 1947 purchased by Dutch Gov't from USA for use as troopship, renamed Zuiderkruis managed by Netherlands SS Co., 1951 rebuilt as emigrant ship and transferred to Rotterdam Lloyd. 9,376

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