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

My collection consists of 413 tiles and 8 tile tableaus. The items in this collection have been acquired through website and exhibition purchases, through auctions and gifts.

Update December 1, 2023:

Homepage picture: the End of an Era, depicted with this tile of the ss Rotterdam together with two other tiles that you see in the menu World Voyages. The picture is a link to a newly discovered tile tableau, made in 1979 on board the Rotterdam. You can read all about it in the News menu.

Some special tiles from my collection can also be found on the website of Holland America Line:

https://www.hollandamerica.com/150th-anniversary/en/category/artifacts/

Next update: March 1, 2024.