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The Fleets

Vereenigde Nederlandsche Scheepvaartmaatschapppij / United Netherlands Navigation Company, ’s-Gravenhage 1920-1970

The end of World War 1 in 1918 was for the Dutch Shipping Companies a period of optimism, because the German Shipping Companies had disappeared from the seas and the demand for shipping tonnage was high. Several directors of Dutch Shipping Companies decided to start a new company to fill the gap left behind by the Germans especially the Deutsche Ost Afrika Linie (German East Africa Line), Woermann.

On 30 April 1920 the N.V. Vereenigde Nederlandsche Scheepvaartmaatschappij, ’s-Gravenhage was founded by Stoomvaart Maatschappij Nederland (SMN), Koninklijke Nederlandsche Stoomboot Maatschappij (KNSM), Java, China, Japan Lijn (JCJL), Koninklijke Paketvaart Maatschappij (KPM), Holland Amerika Lijn (HAL), Rotterdamsche Lloyd (RL), Van Nievelt, Goudriaan en Co’s. Stoomvaart Maatschappij (Nigoco) and N.V. Stoomvaart Maatschappij “De Maas” (Van Ommeren) with a capital of 200 million Dutch guilders. The VNS took over the exploitation of the Holland-British India Line from the HAL and Van Ommeren, the Holland-Australia Line from the RL, the Holland-East Asia Line from SMN and Nigoco and the Holland East Africa Line from the KNSM. Shortly afterwards the Holland West Africa Line was added in conjunction with the Hollandsche Stoomboot Maatschappij (HSM) and Koninklijke Hollandsche Lloyd (KHL).

Because newbuilding of ships was to expensive after World War 1 the VNS and the KNSM founded with permission from the British Government the David Steamship Company Ltd. and acquired 17 German ships allocated to Great Britain as war reparations from Germany and in 1921 when the export of the ships was allowed by the British Government, 14 ships went to the VNS and 3 to the KNSM. When all the ships were under Dutch flag the David Steamship Company Ltd. was liquidated. In 1919 the N.V. Nederlandsche Zuid-Afrikaansche Stoomvaart Maatschappij (NZASM) was founded with financial support from the Dutch Government for five years, to start a connection to South Africa as the Holland South Africa Line. In 1924 the NZASM and the VNS combined the Holland-East Asia and the Holland South Africa Line under a new name; the Holland Africa Line.

In 1932 the NZASM went in liquidation and the VNS took over the fleet and goodwill. The VNS lost eleven ships in World War 2. After the war a newbuilding programm was started to replace the losses. The once very successful passenger service declined in the sixties by political troubles in a lot of African countries and competition of the air travel 1967 caused the sale of the Oranjefontein and Jagersfontein and replace them with fast cargo ships. Because the change towards containerisation was too costly for one company, the SMN, Koninklijke Rotterdamsche Lloyd (KRL), the Koninklijke Java China Pakertvaart Lijnen (KJCPL) and VNS announced in 1969 a merger as the Nederlandse Scheepvaart Unie NSU and took over all the lines from these companies, later became the NSU Nedlloyd and later Koninklijke Nedlloyd Group, P&O Nedlloyd Container Line and now Maersk Lines.

Many thanks to Henk Jungerius and Ted Finch for their 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.

  • Routes:
    • Holland East Africa Line
    • Holland West Africa Line
    • Holland Africa Line
    • Holland-Australia Line
    • Holland-Bengal-Burma Line
    • Holland-Bombay-Karachi Line
    • Holland-British India Line
    • Holland-East Asia Line
  • Abbreviations:
    • SMN :      Stoomvaart Maatschappij Nederland
    • KR :         Rotterdamsche Lloyd, later Koninklijke Rotterdamsche Lloyd
    • KRL :       Koninklijke Rotterdamsche Lloyd
    • KNSM :   Koninklijke Nederlandsche Stoomboot Maatschappij
    • JCJL :      Java, China, Japan Lijn, later Koninklijke Java China Pakertvaart Lijnen
    • KJCPL :   Koninklijke Java China Paketvaart Lijnen
    • KPM :      Koninklijke Paketvaart Maatschappij Nigoco : Van Nievelt, Goudriaan en Co’s. Stoomvaart Maatschappij
    • HAL :       Holland Amerika Lijn
    • HSM :      Hollandsche Stoomboot Maatschappij
    • KHL :       Koninklijke Hollandsche Lloyd
    • NZASM : Nederlandsche Zuid-Afrikaansche Stoomvaart Maatschappij

Funnel:
1932 - 1970 Black with orange band.

Fleet:

Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Aagtekerk (1) 1915 built by Howaldtswerke A.G., Hamburg | ex- Heilbronn built for Norddeutscher Lloyd, ex- Eastminster Abbey 1920, 1921 purchased from David Steamship Co. renamed Aagtekerk, 1922 renamed Oostkerk, 1932 scrapped at Yokohama. 8,049
Aagtekerk (2) 1915 built by J. C. Tecklenborg A.G., Geestemünde | ex- Isis built for Kosmos Line, Germany ex- Malvolio 1920, 1922 purchased from David Steamship Co. renamed Aagtekerk, 1932 scrapped in Japan. 8,864
Aagtekerk (3) 1934 built by Nederlandsche Scheepsbouw Mij., Amsterdam | 1942 probably rammed and sunk a German submarine, 1942 in Mediterannean in Convoy WM 11 north off Tobruk sunk by German airplanes. 6,811
Aagtekerk (4) 1942 built by Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp., Pascagoula | ex- Mormacgulf building for Moore McCormack Lines, 1942 completed as baby flattop aircraft carrier renamed Breton, 1942 to England renamed Chaser, 1946 reverted to USA, 1947 purchased and rebuilt into a cargo ship renamed Aagtekerk, 1967 sold to Chinese Maritime Trust, Taiwan renamed E. Yung, 1972 damaged by fire off Kaohsiung , 1973 wreck scrapped at Kaohsiung. 8,149
Abbekerk (1) 1912 built by Bremer Vulkan A.G., Vegesack | ex- Rheinland built for Norddeutscher Lloyd, ex- Morton Abbey 1921, 1921 purchased from David Steamship Co. renamed Abbekerk, 1931 scrapped at Osaka. 6,606
Abbekerk (2) 1939 built by F. Schickau GmbH, Elbing | 1942 torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U 604 in Atlantic Ocean west of Ireland. 7,906
Abbekerk (3) 1946 built by Sun Shipbuilding & Drydock Company, Chester | Built as Friesland for Dutch Government, (VNS manager), in 1947 purchased renamed Abbekerk, 1970 transferred to Nedlloyd, 1971 sold for scrapping, 1972 scrapped at Kaohsiung. 8,336
Abel Tasman 1970 built by Van der Giessen de Noord, Alblasserdam | Building ordered in 1968 first container ship, 1970 while building transferred to Nedlloyd, 1978 renamed Nedlloyd Tasman, 1981 renamed Mounts Bay in charter voor OCL, 1982 renamed Nedlloyd Tasman, 1984 renamed Tasman in charter for Sealand, 1986 scrapped at Kaohsiung. 27,614
Almkerk (1) 1913 built by J. C. Tecklenborg A.G., Geestemünde | ex- Memphis built for Kosmos Line, Germany ex- Waltham Abbey 1921, 1921 purchased from David Steamship Co. renamed Almkerk, 1931 scrapped in Italy. 7,062
Almkerk (2) 1923 built by Nederlandsche Scheepsbouw Mij., Amsterdam | 1941 torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U 106 in Atlantic Ocean south off Cape Verde. 6,810
Almkerk (3) 1942 built by Seattle Tacoma Shipbuilding Corp., Tacoma | ex- Keeweenaw, baby flattop aircraft carrier, 1943 to England renamed Patroller, 1947 purchased and rebuilt into a cargo ship renamed Almkerk, 1968 sold to Thai Hwa Navigation Corp., Panama renamed Pacific Alliance, 1974 scrapped at Kaohsiung. 8,143
Amerskerk (1) 1941 built by Nederlandsche Scheepsbouw Mij., Amsterdam | 1941 seized by Germans while building, complete as Coburg, 1944 in North Sea off Schiermonnikoog sunk by British warplanes. 7,900
Amerskerk (2) 1941 built by Barclay Curle & Co. Ltd, Glasgow | ex- Empire Trust built for British Ministry of War Transport, 1942 to Dutch Government renamed Rembrandt (VNS manager), 1947 sold to VNS renamed Amerskerk, 1947 renamed Rijnkerk, 1963 scrapped at Hong Kong. 8,140
Amerskerk (3) 1952 built by Howaldtswerke A.G., Hamburg | 1970 transferred to Nedlloyd, 1972 sold to Manufacturer Nav. Co., Panama renamed Liberty Manufacturer, 1972 sold to Ticonian Trading Co., USA for scrapping, 1973 scrapped at Kaohsiung. 8,583
Amstelkerk 1929 built by Nüschke & Co, Stettin | 1933 passengers accommodation rebuilt, 1953 scrapped in Belgium. 4,338
Annenkerk 1947 built by Wilton Fijenoord, Schiedam | 1970 transferred to Nedlloyd, 1971 scrapped at Shanghai. 8,052
Arendskerk (1) 1914 built by Neptun A.G., Rostock | ex- Totmes built for Kosmos Line, Germany ex- St. Alban's Abbey 1921, 1921 purchased from David Steamship Co. renamed Arendskerk, 1935 sold to Societa Italiana Ernesto Breda, Italy renamed Ernesto, 1943 seized by Germans, 1945 in service as Ernst, 1952 sold to Enrico Insom, Rome renamed Ernesto, 1954 scrapped at Osaka. 7,390
Arendskerk (2) 1938 built by F. Schickau GmbH, Elbing | 1940 shelled torpedoed and sunk in Atlantic Ocean 100 mile off Quessant by German submarine U 44. 7,906
Arendskerk (3) 1948 built by N.D.S.M., Amsterdam | 1970 transferred to Nedlloyd,1971 sold to San José Maritime Ltd, Panama renamed Salomague, 1972 scrapped at Karachi. 8,062
Beninkust 1954 built by J. Smit Czn, Alblasserdam | 1968 sold to Thai Mercantile Marine, Thailand renamed Pichit Samut,1983 sold renamed Danai, 1983 scrapped. 3,354
Billiton 1908 built by Kon. Mij. De Schelde, Vlissingen | ex- Billiton built for Stoomvaart Mij. Nederland (SMN), 1929 purchased not renamed, 1931 scrapped in Japan. 5,890
Bloemfontein 1934 built by Nederlandsche Scheepsbouw Mij., Amsterdam | 1959 scrapped at Hong Kong. 10,081
Boschfontein   see Nieuwkerk 1928  
Boschkerk   see Nieuwkerk 1928  
Bovenkerk (1) 1913 built by A.G. Weser Werk Seebeck, Bremerhaven | ex- Huberfels built for Hansa Line, Bremen, ex- Bolton Abbey 1920, 1921 purchased from David Steamship Co. renamed Bovenkerk, 1932 scrapped at La Spezia. 5,291
Bovenkerk (2) 1960 built by C. van der Giessen & Zonen, Krimpen aan den IJssel | 1970 transferred to Nedlloyd, 1977 renamed Nedlloyd Bovenkerk, 1979 sold to Pacific International Lines, Singapore renamed Kota Jaya, 1982 sold same name, 1984 scrapped at Yangtai. 8,820
Dahomeykust 1959 built by Orenstein-Koppel, Lübeck | 1970 transferred to Nedlloyd, 1972 sold to Uiterwyk Shipping, Bahamas renamed Annleea-U, 1977 sold to Panama renamed Antonia, 1981 sold to Greece renamed Vivi, 1983 sold to Cyprus renamed Aris, 1984 scrapped at Gadani Beach. 4,637
Elandsfontein 1940 built by F. Schickau GmbH, Elbing | 1940 launched as Elandsfontein, seized by Germans, 1945 scuttled at Elbing, 1947 wreck raised and repaired, 1948 renamed Jagersfontein, 1950 in service, 1967 sold to Embajada Compania Naviera, Greece renamed Devon, 1967 scrapped at Kaohsiung. 10,547
Gaasterkerk (1) 1922 built by Scheepsbouw Mij. De Nieuwe Waterweg, Schiedam | ex- Gaasterdijk 1922 built for Holland Amerika Lijn (HAL), 1931 purchased renamed Gaasterkerk, 1933 rebuilt 8,679 BRT, 1942 torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U 68 in Indian Ocean. 8,373
Gaasterkerk (2) 1945 built by Oregon Shipbuilding Corp., Portland | ex- Reed Victory standard ship type victory VC2-S-AP3 built for United States War Shipping Administration, 1946 purchased renamed Gaasterkerk, 1970 scrapped at Whampoa. 7,662
Giekerk 1914 built by Wm Hamilton & Co. Ltd, Port Glasgow | ex- Bawean built for Stoomvaart Mij. Nederland (SMN), 1927 purchased renamed Giekerk, 1935 sold for scrapping but resold to Achille Lauro, Italy renamed Liana, 1942 seized by Brazil renamed Bahialoide, 1944 sunk as a breakwater at Arromanches, 1949 wreck scrapped at Gent. 6,479
Giessenkerk 1956 built by C. van der Giessen & Zonen, Krimpen aan den IJssel | 1970 transferred to Nedlloyd, 1976 sold to Mercury River Inc., Panama renamed Mercury River, 1977 sold to Pacific International Lines, Singapore renamed Kota Serajah, 1982 sold for scrapping, 1983 scrapped at Gadani Beach. 8,478
Grijpskerk (1) 1914 built by Wm Gray & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool | ex- Boeroe built for Stoomvaart Mij. Nederland (SMN), 1927 purchased renamed Grijpskerk, 1933 scrapped at Duinkerken. 6,591
Grijpskerk (2) 1945 built by Bethlehem Fairfield Shipyard Inc., Baltimore | ex- Haverford Victory standard ship type victory VC2-S-AP2 built for United States War Shipping Administration, 1947 purchased renamed Grijpskerk, 1947 renamed Meliskerk, 1964 sold to Marcieria Compania Naviera, Greece renamed Persian Cambyses II, 1970 sold to Panama renamed Tien Tai, 1972 scrapped at Kaohsiung. 7,639
Grootekerk (1) 1923 built by Scheepsbouw Mij. De Nieuwe Waterweg, Schiedam | ex- Grootendijk 1923 built for Holland America Line (HAL), 1931 purchased renamed Grootekerk, 1933 rebuilt 8,685 BRT, 1941 torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U 123 in Atlantic Ocean west of Ireland. 8,365
Grootekerk (2) 1945 built by Oregon Shipbuilding Corp., Portland | ex- Gonzaga Victory standard ship type Victory VC2-S-AP3 built for United States War Shipping Administration, 1946 purchased renamed Grootekerk, 1970 scrapped at Whampoa. 7,639
Heemskerk (1) 1919 built by Neptun A.G., Rostock | ex- Witram built for Roland Linie, 1921 purchased from The Shipping Controller, London renamed Heemskerk, 1941 west of Foynes bombed by German warplanes and abandoned, wreck later torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U 105. 6,516
Heemskerk (2) 1949 built by N.D.S.M., Amsterdam | 1969 sold to Ignazio Messina & Co., Italy renamed Albertoemme, 1978 scrapped at La Spezia. 6,293
Holland (1) 1923 built by Scheepsbouw Mij. De Nieuwe Waterweg, Schiedam | 1950 sold to African Coasters Pty. Ltd, South Africa renamed Border, 1963 scrapped at Durban. 895
Holland (2) 1951 built by A.D.M., Amsterdam | 1966 sold to Durban Lines, South Africa renamed Greyville, 1970 sold to New Guinea same name, 1973 sold to Singapore renamed Tropic Sands, 1973 sold idem, 1977 sold idem, 1983 sold renamed Jaya Wijaya, 1985 scrapped. 1,504
Hoogkerk (1) 1911 built by Flensburger Schiffsbau Gesellschaft, Flensburg | ex- Atto built for Roland Linie, ex- St. Augustine Abbey 1920, 1921 purchased from David Steamship Co. renamed Hoogkerk, 1945 used as stationary school ship, 1949 renamed Veteraan, 1958 scrapped at Rotterdam. 5,137
Hoogkerk (2) 1949 built by N.D.S.M., Amsterdam | 1968 sold to Ignazio Messina & Co., Italy renamed Rossellaemme, 1978 scrapped at La Spezia. 6,291
Ijselkerk 1916 built by Maatschappij Fijenoord, Rotterdam | ex- Ijseldijk built for Holland America Line (HAL), 1926 purchased renamed Ijselkerk, 1933 scrapped at Rotterdam. 7,157
Ivoorkust 1953 built by Nordseewerke Emden A.G., Emden | 1967 sold to Ethiopian Shipping Lines, Assab renamed Adulis, 1971 sold to Liberia renamed Theobill, 1975 sold to Cyprus renamed Lilly B, 1976 sold to Greece same name, 1977 sold renamed Agapi III, 1979 sold renamed Reveka, 1979 scrapped at Kaohsiung. 3,101
Jagersfontein (1) 1918 built by Osaka Iron Works Ltd., Osaka | ex- Kaiyei Maru built for Katsuda Kisen Kabushiki Kaisha, 1920 purchased by Nederlandsche Zuid Afrikaansche Stoomvaart Mij. (NZASM) renamed Jagersfontein, 1932 transferred to VNS, 1932 sold to Tramp Shipping Development, Panama renamed Mount Helikon, 1935 sold to Kulukundis Shipping, Greece same name, 1952 sold to Leonidas G. Keranis, Greece, 1953 scrapped in England. 5,512
Jagersfontein (2) 1934 built by Nederlandsche Scheepsbouw Mij., Amsterdam | 1942 torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U 107 in Atlantic Ocean, 500 miles off Bermuda. 10,083
Jagersfontein (3)   see Elandsfontein 1940  
Klipfontein (1) 1922 built by Rotterdamsche Droogdok Mij, Rotterdam | ex- Klipfontein built for Nederlandsche Zuid Afrikaansche Stoomvaart Mij. (NZASM) 1932 transferred to VNS, 1935 sold to Rizutto Fratolli, Italy renamed Gloriastar, 1936 renamed Gloriastella, 1940 sunk in harbour of Benghazi by Allied warplanes, 1949 wreck raised and scrapped in 1950 at La Spezia. 5,544
Klipfontein (2) 1939 built by P. Smit Jr., Rotterdam | 1953 off Ponta Zavora (East Africa) struck obstacle and sunk. 10,544
Kloosterkerk 1964 built by Van der Giessen de Noord, Alblasserdam | 1970 transferred to Nedlloyd, 1971 transferred to KJCPL renamed Straat Korea ,1977 reverted to Nedlloyd, 1977 renamed Nedlloyd Korea, 1983 sold to Al Riyadh Navigation Co., VAR renamed Saudi Yenbo, 1984 scrapped at Kaohsiung. 9,891
Koudekerk (1) 1912 built by A.G. Weser Werk Seebeck, Bremerhaven | ex- Kandelfels built for Hansa Line, Bremen ex- Kirkstall Abbey 1920, 1922 purchased from David Steamship Co. renamed Koudekerk, 1931 sold to Achille Lauro, Italy renamed Laura Lauro,1941 seized by Brazil renamed Cearaloide,1949 reverted to owners renamed Laura Lauro,1950 scrapped at La Spezia. 5,793
Koudekerk (2) 1964 built by Van der Giessen de Noord, Alblasserdam | 1970 transferred to Nedlloyd, 1971 transferred to KJCPL renamed Straat Kobe , 1977 transferred to Nedlloyd, renamed Nedlloyd Kobe, 1983 sold to Al Riyadh Navigation Co., VAR renamed Saudi Al Qaseem, 1984 to Kaohsiung scrapped. 9,891
Laagkerk 1943 built by Burrard Dry Dock Co. Ltd., Vancouver | ex- Fort Orleans 1943 standard Empire ship built for Canadian Government, 1946 sold to Montship renamed Mont Sorrel, 1948 purchased by Dutch Government renamed Buys Ballot (Mij. Zeetransport manager), 1949 renamed Laagkerk (VNS manager), 1952 purchased, 1959 scrapped at Hong Kong. 7,141
Laarderkerk 1958 built by Howaldtswerke A.G., Hamburg | 1970 transferred to Nedlloyd, 1977 sold to Renouar Compania Naviera, Panama renamed Sea Cloud, 1979 scrapped at Kaohsiung. 8,919
Laurenskerk 1943 built by Houston Shipbuilding Corp., Houston | ex- David Wilmot 1943 standard ship type liberty EC2-S-C1 built for United States War Shipping Administration, 1946 purchased by Dutch Government renamed Anthony Leeuwenhoek, (Nigoco managers), 1948 renamed Laurenskerk, 1950 purchased by Nigoco, 1951 purchased by VNS, 1960 sold to Grosvenor Shipping Ltd, Great Britain renamed Grosvenor Trader, 1966 sold to Cyprus renamed Gloria,1968 scrapped at Shanghai. 7,258
Leiderkerk 1959 built by Werf Gusto v/h A.F. Smulders, Schiedam | 1970 transferred to Nedlloyd, 1978 sold to Prometheus Shipping Co., Panama renamed Sea Glory, 1979 sold to Greece renamed Tom, 1980 during Iraqi-Iran war heavy damaged and scrapped in Alang. 8,915
Lekkerkerk 1943 built by Permanente Metals Corporation, Richmond | ex- S. Hall Young 1943 standard ship type liberty EC2-S-C1 built for United States War Shipping Administration, 1946 purchased by Dutch Government renamed Bredero (VNS manager), 1948 renamed Lekkerkerk ,1950 sold to SMN, 1951 purchased, 1961 sold to Compania de Nav. Michaels Line S.A., Greece renamed Maria Santa, 1965 sold same name, 1967 sold for scrapping, 1968 scrapped at Kaohsiung. 7,217
Lelykerk 1958 built by Howaldtswerke A.G., Hamburg | 1970 transferred to Nedlloyd, 1977 renamed Nedlloyd Lelykerk, 1978 sold to Ainias Compania Naviera, Panama renamed Sea Challenger, 1979 sold renamed Mina F, 1983 scrapped at Kaohsiung. 8,919
Lemsterkerk 1943 built by North Carolina Shipbuilding Co., Wilmington | ex- Horace Williams standard ship type liberty EC2-S-C1 built for United States War Shipping Administration, 1946 purchased by Dutch Government renamed Erasmus (VNS manager) 1947 renamed Lemsterkerk,1950 purchased, 1962 sold to Troditis Compania Naviera, Libanon renamed Kypros, 1964 renamed Stalo ,1970 sold to Cyprus renamed Stavvas, 1971 scrapped at Castellon. 7,230
Leopoldskerk 1943 built by Oregon Shipbuilding Corp., Portland | ex- George P. McKay 1943 standard type liberty EC2-S-C1 built for United States War Shipping Administration, 1947 purchased by Dutch Government renamed Hemony (VNS manager), 1947 renamed Leopoldskerk, 1950 purchased, 1962 sold to Concordia Shipping Corp., Lebanon renamed Atticos, 1969 scrapped at Shanghai. 7,257
Leuvekerk 1943 built by Oregon Shipbuilding Corp., Portland | ex- Franklin Macveagh 1943 standard ship type liberty EC2-S-C1 built for United States War Shipping Administration, 1947 purchased by Dutch Government renamed Hugo de Vries (VNS manager),1948 renamed Leuvekerk ,1950 purchased,1960 sold to Jupiter Shipping Corp., Greece renamed Mitsa, 1963 sold renamed Athanassios K, 1967 scrapped at Shanghai. 7,216
Lieve Vrouwekerk 1944 built by Delta Shipbuilding Co., New Orleans | ex- Rufus E. Foster 1944 standard ship type liberty EC2-S-C1 built for United States War Shipping Administration, 1946 purchased by Dutch Government renamed Leeghwater (VNS manager), 1947 renamed Lieve Vrouwekerk, 1950 purchased, 1960 stranded on Vliehors during heavy storm and later scrapped at Dunston on Tyne. 7,254
Lindekerk 1943 built by California Shipbuilding Corp., Los Angeles | ex- Andrew T. Huntington 1943 standard ship type liberty EC2-S-C1 built for United States War Shipping Administration, 1946 purchased by Dutch Government renamed Lorentz (VNS manager), 1947 renamed Lindekerk ,1950 sold to SMN,1951 purchased, 1966 sold to Maritza Compania Naviera, Lebanon renamed Maritsa, 1966 sold to Greece renamed Efdromos, 1970 stranded by engine room failure and lost. 7,234
Lisboa 1906 built by W. Denny & Bros., Dumbarton | Lighter, ex- Arbousier, 1923 purchased renamed Lisboa , 1925 sold to Compania Argentina de Nav. Mihanovich, Argentina renamed Europa, 1949 sold idem, 1954 deleted from Register. 810
Lissekerk 1943 built by Permanente Metals Corporation, Richmond | ex- Reinhold Richter 1943 standard ship type liberty EC2-S-C1 built for United States War Shipping Administration, 1947 purchased by Dutch Government renamed Simon Stevin (Nigoco manager), 1947 renamed Lissekerk, 1950 sold to Nigoco, 1951 purchased, 1961 sold to Compania de Nav. Michaels Line S.A., Greece renamed Maria de Lourdes,1966 sold same name,1970 scrapped at Shanghai. 7,219
Loenerkerk 1943 built by New England Shipbuilding Corp., Portland | ex- Eugene E. O' Donnell 1943 standard ship liberty EC2-S-C1 built for United States War Shipping Administration, 1947 purchased by Dutch Government renamed Spinoza (VNS manager), 1947 renamed Loenerkerk, 1950 purchased, 1961 sold to Akiramar Compania Naviera, Lebanon renamed Marika, 1967 sold to Cyprus not renamed,1971 scrapped at Cartagena. 7,253
Lutterkerk 1944 built by New England Shipbuilding Corp., Portland | ex- Washington Allston 1944 standard ship type liberty EC2-S-C1 built for United States War Shipping Administration, 1946 purchased by Dutch Government renamed Thorbecke (VNS manager), 1947 renamed Lutterkerk, 1950 purchased, 1962 sold to Misisapa Naviera, Lebanon renamed Maria Despina, 1966 foundered near Alexandria, broke in two, forepart salvaged and rebuilt into a crane ship. 7,254
Maaskerk (1) 1929 built by Nüschke & Co, Stettin | 1953 scrapped in Belgium. 4,343
Maaskerk (2) 1945 built by Bethlehem Fairfield Shipyard Inc., Baltimore | ex- Kings Point Victory standard ship type victory VC2-S-AP2 built for United States War Shipping Administration, 1947 sold to East Asiatic Co., Denmark renamed Tranquebar, 1955 purchased renamed Maaskerk, 1966 sold to West Coast Shipping Co., Liberia renamed Madonna, 1969 sold to Liberty Maritime Corp. same name, 1970 scrapped at Kaohsiung. 7,707
Macuse 1916 built by IJsselwerf v/h van Goor, Kampen | Tug, ex- Hansa II, ex- Alstor 1921, 1929 purchased renamed Macuse, 1929 renamed Mazoe, 1931 laid up, 1932 scrapped. 105
Mariekerk 1944 built by Bethlehem Fairfield Shipyard Inc., Baltimore | ex- Claymont Victory standard ship type victory VC2-S-AP2 built for United States War Shipping Administration, 1947 purchased renamed Mariekerk, 1966 sold to Kavo Compania Naviera S.A., Liberia renamed Kavo Longos, 1971 scrapped at Whampoa. 7,638
Mazoe   see Macuse.  
Meerkerk (1) 1916 built by Bremer Vulkan A.G., Vegesack | ex- Nienburg built for Norddeutscher Lloyd, ex- Tamora 1921, 1921 purchased from David Steamship Co. renamed Meerkerk, 1933 rebuilt, 7,995 BRT, 1946 off Westkapelle struck mine and sank. 7,839
Meerkerk (2) 1945 built by Bethlehem Fairfield Shipyard Inc., Baltimore | ex- Central Falls Victory standard ship type victory VC2-S-AP2 built for United States War Shipping Administration, 1947 purchased renamed Meerkerk, 1965 sold to China Union Lines, Taiwan renamed Keelung Victory, 1976 sold for scrapping, 1977 scrapped at Kaohsiung. 7,636
Meliskerk (1) 1919 built by Blohm & Voss A.G., Hamburg | 1919 building for Deutsch Australische Dampfschiffahrts Gesellschaft, allocated to England and finished, ex- Cesario 1920, 1921 purchased from David Steamship Co. renamed Meliskerk, 1943 off Durban (South Africa) stranded and lost. 5,919
Meliskerk (2)   see Grijpskerk (2) 1945  
Mohesi 1924 built by Reiherstieg Schiffswerft & Maschinenbau, Hamburg | Tug, ex- Oelschindler VI, 1927 purchased renamed Mohesi, 1936 engines removed and scuttled at Durban. 185
Molenkerk 1945 built by California Shipbuilding Corp., Los Angeles | ex- Rensselaer Victory 1945 standard ship type victory VC2-S-AP2 built for United States War Shipping Administration, 1947 purchased renamed Molenkerk, 1963 sold to Waywiser Navigation, Taiwan renamed Hwa Lee, 1964 renamed Harriet Victory, 1969 sold for scrapping, 1970 scrapped at Kaohsiung. 7,651
Muiderkerk 1945 built by Bethlehem Fairfield Shipyard Inc., Baltimore | ex- Waterbury Victory standard ship type victory VC2-S-AP2 built for United States War Shipping Administration, 1947 purchased renamed Muiderkerk, 1965 sold to Concord Navigation Corp., Liberia renamed Angelia, 1968 sold to Taiwan same name, 1969 sold, 1973 scrapped at Kaohsiung. 7,650
Nias 1909 built by Nederlandsche Scheepsbouw Mij., Amsterdam | ex- Nias 1909 built for Stoomvaart Mij. Nederland (SMN), 1929 purchased not renamed, 1931 scrapped in Japan. 5,916
Nieuwkerk 1928 built by P. Smit Jr., Rotterdam | 1934 rebuilt re-engined renamed Boschfontein 7,139 BRT, 1947 passengers accommodation rebuilt, 1956 passenger accommodation removed renamed Boschkerk 6,402 BRT, 1958 burnt at Rotterdam and scrapped. 6,280
Nijkerk (1) 1915 built by Blohm & Voss A.G., Hamburg | ex- Pangani built for Deutsche Ost Afrika Linie, ex- Cassio 1921, 1922 purchased from David Steamship Co. renamed Nijkerk, 1950 scrapped at Hendrik Ido Ambacht. 5,766
Nijkerk (2) 1958 built by Werf De Noord, Alblasserdam | Building as Aldib for Van Nievelt & Goudriaan & Co., purchased while building renamed Nijkerk, 1970 transferred to Nedlloyd, 1977 sold to Pacific International Lines, Singapore renamed Kota Sejati, 1982 scrapped at Chittagong. 6,579
Oldekerk (1) 1915 built by Flensburger Schiffsbau Gesellschaft, Flensburg | ex- Sesostris built for Kosmos Line, Germany, 1921 purchased from David Steamship Co. renamed Oldekerk, 1934 sold for scrapping but resold to S. Paramythion, Greece renamed Phaeax, 1939 sold to Panama not renamed, 1940 foundered off Nojimazaki (Japan). 7,242
Oldekerk (2) 1955 built by Wilton Fijenoord, Schiedam | 1970 transferred to Nedlloyd, 1974 sold to Linea C Giacomo Costa, Italy renamed Anna C, 1975 company restyled in Costa Armatori S.p.A., 1981 sold to Panama renamed Dagenham, 1982 laid up,1984 scrapped at Karachi. 7,132
Ommenkerk 1956 built by N.D.S.M., Amsterdam | 1970 transferred to Nedlloyd, 1974 sold to Linea C Giacomo Costa, Italy renamed Giovanna C, 1975 company restyled in Costa Armatori S.p.A., 1981 laid up, 1983 sold to Malta renamed Milda A, 1984 scrapped at Gadani Beach. 9,120
Oostkerk (1)   see Aagtekerk (1)  
Oostkerk (2) 1954 built by P. Smit Jr., Rotterdam | 1970 transferred to Nedlloyd, 1974 sold to Linea C Giacomo Costa, Italy renamed Luisa C, 1975 company restyled in Costa Armatori S.p.A., 1978 laid up and in 1979 scrapped at La Spezia. 7,178
Oranjefontein 1940 built by P. Smit Jr., Rotterdam | 1941 seized by Germans while building, 1945 renamed Pionier, 1945 reverted to VNS renamed Oranjefontein, 1967 laid up, 1967 renamed Fontein and sold for scrapping, 1967 scrapped at Bilbao. 10,547
Ouderkerk 1915 built by Bremer Vulkan A.G., Vegesack | ex- Gera built for Norddeutscher Lloyd, ex- Orsino 1921, 1922 purchased from David Steamship Co. renamed Ouderkerk, 1934 sold to Compagnia Italiana Transporti Marittimi, Italy renamed Gianfranco, 1940 sold to Argentina renamed Rio Salado, 1953 laid up, 1955 scrapped at Venice. 7,833
Ouwerkerk 1954 built by N.D.S.M., Amsterdam | 1970 transferred to Nedlloyd, 1973 sold to P.T. Perusahaan Pelayaran Samudera Gesuri Lloyd, Indonesia renamed Gemilang, 1981 sold for scrapping, 1982 scrapped at Belawan. 7,148
Peperkust 1953 built by Nordseewerke Emden A.G., Emden | 1968 sold to Ignazio Messina & Co., Italy renamed Massimoemme, 1973 sold to Zeka Shipping Co., Greece renamed Aghios Spyridon, 1975 sold to Cyprus renamed San Spyridon IV, 1981 scrapped at Karachi. 3,096
Randfontein (1) 1920 built by Greenock Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Greenock | ex- Staur built for Fearnley & Eger, 1921 purchased by Nederlandsche Zuid Afrikaansche Stoomvaart Mij. (NZASM) renamed Randfontein, 1932 transferred to VNS,1947 passenger accommodation removed renamed Randkerk,1950 scrapped at Hendrik Ido Ambacht. 5,653
Randfontein (2) 1958 built by Wilton Fijenoord, Schiedam | 1970 transferred to Nedlloyd, 1971 rebuilt at De Schelde, Vlissingen and transferred to KJCPL renamed Nieuw Holland, 1974 sold to China Ocean Shipping Company, China renamed Yu Hua, 1981 renamed Hai Xing, 1991 laid up, 1996 scrapped. 13,694
Randkerk   see Randfontein (1) 1920  
Ridderkerk (1) 1918 built by Caledon ShipBuilding & Engineering Company Ltd, Dundee | ex- War Roach, 1919 as war reparation given by British Government to Van Ommeren renamed Kieldrecht,1920 transferred to VNS renamed Ridderkerk,1933 sold to Goulandris Bros, Greece renamed Moscha L. Goulandris,1941 near Chalkis Island sunk during German air raid. 5,199
Ridderkerk (2) 1938 built by Bremer Vulkan A.G., Vegesack | ex- Hohenfels built for Hansa Line, Bremen, 1941 scuttled at Bandar Shapur by own crew, 1941 raised and renamed Empire Kamal, 1944 to Dutch Government renamed Van Ruysdael (KNSM manager), 1947 purchased renamed Ridderkerk, 1962 scrapped at Hong Kong. 8,150
Rietfontein 1917 built by Osaka Iron Works Ltd., Osaka | ex- Taiyu Maru built for Uchida Kisen Kabushiki Kaisha, 1920 purchased by Van der Eb & Dresselhuys renamed Maristo, 1921 sold to NZASM renamed Rietfontein, 1932 transferred to VNS, 1934 scrapped at Hendrik Ido Ambacht. 5,796
Rijnkerk   see Amerskerk (2) 1941  
Rijperkerk (1) 1917 built by J. Frerichs & Co., Einswarden | ex- Wolfram built for Hamburg Bremer Afrika Linie, ex- Netley Abbey 1920, 1921 purchased from David Steamship Co. renamed Rijperkerk, 1923 damaged by fire in Mediterraenean and wreck sold, 1925 sold to Roland Linie repaired renamed Targis, 1930 burnt out in the Atlantic and sunk. 5,985
Rijperkerk (2) 1907 built by Furness, Withy & Co. Ltd., West Hartlepool | ex- Celebes built for Stoomvaart Mij. Nederland (SMN), 1926 purchased renamed Rijperkerk, 1931 scrapped at Genoa. 5,875
Sabi 1940 built by Scheepswerf & Machinefabriek Concordia, Amsterdam | Tug. 135
Schiekerk (1) 1917 built by Bonn & Mees, Rotterdam | ex- Schiedijk built for Holland America Line (HAL), 1926 purchased renamed Schiekerk, 1933 scrapped at Hendrik Ido Ambacht. 7,046
Schiekerk (2) 1962 built by P. Smit Jr., Rotterdam | 1970 lengthened with a container hold 9,830 BRT, 1970 transferred to Nedlloyd, 1973 transferred to KJCPL renamed Straat Fresco,1977 reverted to Nedlloyd, 1978 renamed Nedlloyd Fresco, 1983 sold to Pacific International Lines, Singapore renamed Kota Wisata, 1986 scrapped at Xingang. 8,289
Serooskerk (1) 1922 built by Scheepsbouw Mij. De Nieuwe Waterweg, Schiedam | ex- Gemma built for Van Nievelt & Goudriaan (Nigoco), 1931 purchased renamed Serooskerk, 1934 rebuilt 8,456 BRT, 1942 torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U 155 northwest off Azores with all hands. 8,414
Serooskerk (2) 1960 built by P. Smit Jr., Rotterdam | 1970 transferred to Nedlloyd, 1977 renamed Nedlloyd Serooskerk, 1981 sold to Saudi Europe Lines Pty., Jeddah renamed Saudi Eagle, 1984 scrapped at Shanghai. 9,820
Servaaskerk 1962 built by C. van der Giessen & Zonen, Krimpen aan den IJssel | 1970 lengthened with a container hold 9,831 BRT, 1970 transferred to Nedlloyd, 1973 transferred to KJCPL renamed Straat Forcades , 1977 reverted to Nedlloyd, 1978 renamed Nedlloyd Forcades, 1983 sold to Premier Shipping Nav., Panama renamed New Horse, 1985 scrapped at Zhongshan. 8,288
Simonskerk 1961 built by P. Smit Jr., Rotterdam | 1970 transferred to Nedlloyd, 1977 renamed Nedlloyd Simonskerk,1981 sold to Saudi Europe Lines Pty., Jeddah renamed Saudi Falcon, 1984 scrapped in China. 9,821
Sinoutskerk 1962 built by C. van der Giessen & Zonen, Krimpen aan den IJssel | 1970 lengthened with a container hold 9,830 BRT, 1970 transferred to Nedlloyd, 1977 renamed Nedlloyd Sinoutskerk, 1983/84 scrapped at Kaohsiung. 8,287
Spaarnekerk 1962 built by P. Smit Jr., Rotterdam | 1970 lengthened with a container hold 9,811 BRT, 1970 transferred to Nedlloyd, 1977 renamed Nedlloyd Spaarnekerk, 1984 scrapped at Kaohsiung. 8,305
Springfontein 1921 built by Lithgows Ltd., Port Glasgow | ex- Springfontein built for Nederlandsche Zuid Afrikaansche Stoomvaart Mij. (NZASM), 1932 transferred to VNS, 1941 destroyed by fire in cargo off Freetown. 6,381
Steenkerk 1961 built by C. van der Giessen & Zonen, Krimpen aan den IJssel | 1970 lengthened with a container hold 9,820 BRT, 1970 transferred to Nedlloyd, 1977 renamed Nedlloyd Steenkerk, 1983 scrapped at Inchon. 8,292
Streefkerk (1) 1921 built by Rotterdamsche Droogdok Mij, Rotterdam | 1921 delivered as Katendrecht for Stoomvaart Mij. De Maas, transferred to VNS and renamed Streefkerk, 1950 sold to Far Eastern & Panama Transport Corp., Panama renamed Swan, 1952 sold to Japan renamed Hakuyo Maru, 1959 sold and rebuilt into a fish factory ship, 1971 scrapped. 6,185
Streefkerk (2) 1961 built by N.D.S.M., Amsterdam | 1969 lengthened with a container hold 9,815 BRT, 1970 transferred to Nedlloyd , 1977 renamed Nedlloyd Streefkerk, 1983 scrapped at Kaohsiung. 8,309
Sumatra 1908 built by Kon. Mij. De Schelde, Vlissingen | ex- Sumatra built for Stoomvaart Mij. Nederland (SMN), 1929 purchased not renamed, 1931 scrapped in Italy. 5,850
Tayari 1935 built by Werf De Noord, Alblasserdam | 1961 sold to M. Marcantonakis & Sons, Greece renamed Klearchos, 1965 sold renamed Nissos Limnos, 1969 sold renamed Omonia, 1970 sold renamed Anagennisis, 1973 sold renamed Apollonia I, 1974 sold renamed Popi F, 1975 sold renamed Chronis IV, 1976 during heavy weather stranded and lost in Bay of Navarino. 1,001
Upesi   see Upesi II 1954  
Upesi II 1954 built by Scheepswerf Westerbroek v/h J.G. Bröerken, Westorbroek | Tug, 1954 renamed Upesi, 1960 sold to Iraq. 242
Waalekerk 1968 built by P. Smit Jr., Rotterdam | 1970 transferred to Nedlloyd, 1977 renamed Nedlloyd Waalekerk, 1984 renamed Waalekerk, 1986 renamed Nedlloyd Waalekerk, 1986 scrapped at Kaohsiung. 10,710
Waalkerk 1911 built by Wm Hamilton & Co. Ltd, Port Glasgow | ex- Karimoen built for Stoomvaart Mij. Nederland (SMN), 1930 purchased renamed Waalkerk, 1934 scrapped at Hendrik Ido Ambacht. 6,940
Westerkerk (1) 1911 1911 6,939 built by Wm Hamilton & Co Ltd, Port Glasgow Ex Karimata built for Stoomvaart Mij. Nederland (SMN), 1930 purchased renamed Westerkerk, 1933 scrapped at Brugge. 6,939
Westerkerk (2) 1967 built by Wilton Fijenoord, Schiedam | 1970 transferred to Nedlloyd, 1978 renamed Nedlloyd Westerkerk, 1984 renamed Westerkerk, 1986 renamed Nedlloyd Westerkerk, 1986 sold for scrapping, 1987 scrapped at Kaohsiung. 10,710
Willemskerk 1967 built by Van der Giessen de Noord, Alblasserdam | 1970 transferred to Nedlloyd, 1977 renamed Nedlloyd Willemskerk, 1984 renamed Willemskerk, 1986 renamed Nedlloyd Willemskerk, 1987 sold to Joyheart Co. Inc., Panama renamed Arrow Queen, 1990 scrapped at Chittagong. 10,710
Wissekerk (1) 1912 built by Maatschappij Fijenoord, Rotterdam | ex- Krakatau built for Stoomvaart Mij. Nederland (SMN), 1930 purchased renamed Wissekerk, 1932 scrapped at Genoa. 6,738
Wissekerk (2) 1967 built by P. Smit Jr., Rotterdam | 1970 transferred to Nedlloyd, 1977 renamed Nedlloyd Wissekerk, 1984 renamed Wissekerk, 1986 renamed Nedlloyd Wissekerk, 1987 sold to Norfolk Co. Inc. renamed Arrow Duke, 1988 scrapped at Chittagong. 10,710
Zaankerk 1957 built by Howaldtswerke A.G., Hamburg | 1970 transferred to Nedlloyd, 1978 sold to L. Pidon, Cyprus renamed Holystar, 1980 grounded and lost, 1981 wreck scrapped at Cartagena. 9,161
Zambesi 1914 built by Jos L. Meyer, Papenburg | Tug, ex- Seestern, ex- Nordenhamm VIII 1924, 1927 purchased renamed Zambesi, 1934 stranded and sold for scrap at Mombassa. 322
Zonnekerk 1957 built by C. van der Giessen & Zonen, Krimpen aan den IJssel | 1970 transferred to Nedlloyd, 1977 renamed Nedlloyd Zonnekerk, 1977 sold to Xerefon Shipping, Greece renamed Good Skipper, 1982 sold to Panama renamed Good Skipper I, 1984 scrapped at Alang. 9,205
Zuiderkerk (1) 1922 built by Scheepsbouw Mij. De Nieuwe Waterweg, Schiedam | ex- Zosma 1922 built for Van Nievelt & Goudriaan (Nigoco), 1931 purchased renamed Zuiderkerk, 1942 torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U 556 in Convoy SL 119 and later sunk by British patrol ship Leith. 8,427
    Ships jointly owned with Nederlandse Tank & Paketvaart Maatschappij  
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Congokust   see Van Linschoten 1953  
Senegalkust   see Van Spilbergen 1953  
Sloterkerk 1961 built by P. Smit Jr., Rotterdam | 1970 transferred to Nedlloyd, 1970 lengthened with a container hold 9,811 BRT, 1973 transferred to KJCPL renamed Straat Fukuoka , 1977 reverted to Nedlloyd, 1977 renamed Nedlloyd Fukuoka, 1984 scrapped at Kaoshiung. 8,305
Van Linschoten 1953 built by Rotterdamsche Droogdok Mij, Rotterdam | 1956 renamed Congokust, 1970 transferred to Nedlloyd, 1971 sold to Maritime Transport Service, Panama renamed Congo, 1975 heavy damaged by fire and in 1977 scrapped at Palermo. 4,758
Van Spilbergen 1953 built by C. van der Giessen & Zonen, Krimpen aan den IJssel | 1956 renamed Senegalkust, 1970 transferred to Nedlloyd, 1971 sold to Maritime Transport Service, Panama renamed Senegal, 1980 sold renamed Chrisanth I, 1981 scrapped at Gadani. 4,758
Zuiderkerk 1957 built by P. Smit Jr., Rotterdam | 1970 transferred to Nedlloyd, 1977 sold to Mar del Plata Compania Naviera, Greece renamed Transworld Goliath, 1983 scrapped at Fuzhou. 9,197
    Managed Ships  
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Bredero   see Lekkerkerk 1943  
Buys Ballot   see Laagkerk 1943  
Erasmus   see Lemsterkerk 1943  
Friesland   see Abbekerk (3) 1946  
Hemony   see Leopoldskerk 1943  
Hugo de Vries   see Leuvekerk 1943  
Leeghwater   see Lieve Vrouwekerk 1944  
Lorentz   see Lindekerk 1943  
Nijmegen 1944 built by Nederlandsche Scheepsbouw Mij., Amsterdam | ex- Greiffenfels, 1945 casco allocated to Dutch Government, 1946 completed as Nijmegen (VNS manager), 1947 Reederij Amsterdam manager, 1950 sold to Deutsche Dampfschiffahrts Gesellschaft Hansa renamed Greiffenfels, 1961 rebuilt into a motorship, 1977 scrapped at Karachi. 6,345
Rembrandt   see Amerskerk (2) 1941  
Spinoza   see Loenerkerk 1943  
Thorbecke   see Lutterkerk 1944  
Vermeer 1941 built by Wm Doxford & Sons, Sunderland | ex- Empire Raleigh built for Ministry of War Transport, 1942 purchased by Dutch Government renamed Vermeer (VNS manager), 1946 sold to Stoomvaart Mij. Wijklijn ( Erhardt & Dekkers ) renamed Zonnewijk, 1961 sold to Viamar Cia. Nav., Greece renamed Antonakis, 1961 stranded and lost. 7,240

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