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 now been completed. The number of issued HAL official tile editions is set at 318 pieces. All tiles can be found on this website. Estimated 70 tiles are issued by associated organizations.

My collection consists of 378 tiles and 7 tile tableaus. The items in this collection have been acquired through website and exhibition purchases, through auctions and gifts.

In principle every first day of the month (with exception of the summer months) the picture on the homepage will be replaced; then I also make an update with any new acquisitions.

Picture of the month August: a scan of my latest acquisition that I bought at an auction. A cloisonné tile (1952) of the sister ships ss Ryndam (II) and ss Maasdam (IV), both built during the same time period by shipyard Wilton Fijenoord in Schiedam, The Netherlands. See the menu News for two new tiles (of lesser quality…..).

On October 4 my complete collection will be shown in the Seattle Lounge of the Seattle appartment complex in Rotterdam. The exhibition is sponsored by Holland America Line Rotterdam and Stichting HAL Wonen and only accessible to residents and invited guests.

Next update: October 8, 2019.