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 325 pieces. All tiles can be found on this website. Estimated 80 tiles are issued by associated organizations.

My collection consists of 397 tiles and 8 tile tableaus. The items in this collection have been acquired through website and exhibition purchases, through auctions and gifts.

Update Februari 1:

Recently I spent time checking the website for imperfections and to adjust the text in connection with the fleet changes. An example is the tile shown on the home page. A few years ago, I purchased the tile of the ss Nieuw Amsterdam from Ton Blanker (deceased) from Zeist. According to Ton, the tile would have been distributed in 1964 during a congress of orthopedic surgeons on board the Nieuw Amsterdam. This appears to be incorrect. The tile is a product of the Sport Club Nieuw Amsterdam, an organization that organized activities for crew members on board and in harbors. The confirmation thereof was given to me by my friend Ben van der Ent, formerly chef de rang (head diningroom steward) on the Nieuw Amsterdam, who during that time did not buy the tile but the souvenir spoon with the same S.C.N.A. notation (see menu News).

My latest acquisition is a cloisonné tile mentionned in the standard work “Nederlandse tegels 1900-2000” from Jan Pluis and can also be found in the Dutch Tilemuseum in Otterlo (see menu News).

Next update: April 1, 2021.