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Simular to the KLM Royal Dutch Airlines complimentary gift of small ceramic replicas of historical houses, Holland America Line hands out ceramic Delft Blue tiles in various forms and shapes, as part of their Mariner Society Rewards Program.

Since there is no accurate administration, it was not exactly known how many different tiles have been produced on behalf of Holland America Line. For the last 60 years the majority of the ceramic tiles have been manufactured by Royal Goedenwaagen-Gouda in Nieuw-Buinen, The Netherlands. On a global basis a search has been initiated by collectors to make an inventory of all tile editions from Royal Goedewaagen-Gouda. That inventory has been completed. The number of issued HAL official tile editions is set at 332 pieces. All tiles can be found on this website. Estimated 80 tiles are issued by associated organizations.

My collection consists of 408 tiles and 8 tile tableaus. The items in this collection have been acquired through website and exhibition purchases, through auctions and gifts.

Update November 1, 2022:

For a change, this time you see my newest acquisition directly on the homepage. It is a tile of the historic Transatlantic voyage of the Rotterdam (VII) to New York on the occasion of the (coming) 150th anniversary of the Holland America Line.

Above that you see the miniature of the ship that was run off the ceramic yard at Royal Goedewaagen in an edition of only 250 pieces. The tile and miniature (no. 208) are a gift from Nico Bleichrodt, HAL’s Vice President International Sales for which I am very grateful.

A 300 dpi scan of the tile has been placed in the News menu, with further information.

Next update: December 12, 2022.