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 325 pieces. All tiles can be found on this website. Estimated 70 tiles are issued by associated organizations.

My collection consists of 385 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 October/November: tile tableau (six 6” x 6”tiles) of the christening of the ms Eurodam by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands at the Wilhelminapier in Rotterdam on July 1, 2008. The tableau made by Royal Goedewaagen in a mixed technique of screen printing and painting is a design from Sander Alblas, who also is the designer for most of the tiles since 1993 from the Mariner tile program. The picture is a link to my exhibition which took place October 4, 2019, in the Seattle Lounge in the apartment building Seattle in Rotterdam (130 visitors).

In this exhibition one could find among others more than 300 Holland America Line tiles produced by Royal Goedewaagen in Nieuw Buinen, The Netherlands. The Keramisch Museum Goedewaagen, which previously featured this collection through a large exposition, and Royal Goedewaagen collaborated by the loan of ship miniatures for this HAL exhibition.

In the menu News one can find a photo impression of the exhibition, an unusual acquisition from 1979. In addition, one can see the still missing tiles from the Mariner Collection Series 2019, and soon an article in the newspaper Algemeen Dagblad and an article in HALlo (Dutch only).

Next update: December 1, 2019.