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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 325 pieces. All tiles can be found on this website. Estimated 75 tiles are issued by associated organizations.

My collection consists of 388 tiles and 7 tile tableaus. The items in this collection have been acquired through website and exhibition purchases, through auctions and gifts.

Picture of the month februari: tiletableau (two tiles 6” x 6”each) of the ss Ryndam I (1901-1929) built by Harland & Wolff in Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. In 1918, the American government commandeered the ss Ryndam to serve as a World War I troop transport ship. The tableau is a link to my latest acquisition (see the menu News).

Next update: April 1, 2020.