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 75 tiles are issued by associated organizations.
My collection consists of 389 tiles and 8 tile tableaus. The items in this collection have been acquired through website and exhibition purchases, through auctions and gifts.
The two tiles that adorn the homepage for the next two months are a link to the most recent addition, a six-piece tile panel, painted in the second half of the 1930s (see the menu News) .
The tile of the Halve Maen was made by Royal Goedewaagen in 1968. The “blindmark”FH at the reverse side of the tile makes an exact dating possible, FH = 1968, F = the sixties, H = the year.
The Halve Maen was the sailing ship of the Dutch East India Company that, under the command of Captain Henry Hudson, entered the port of New York in September 1609. Until the summer of 2016 the Dutch origin lived on in the logo of the Holland America Line. The Halve Maen is depicted in the background of the bow of the Nieuw Amsterdam. Half Moon Cay, the private island of the Holland America Line, has been named after this ship. In the new logo the Halve Maen was removed (see the menu Earlier Tiles).
Next update: August 1, 2020.