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 387 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 december: tile of the ss Rotterdam V (and two others, see the menu World Voyages) that concluded the End of an Era.
Sunday January 19, 2020 from 1 to 5 p.m. the yearly new years reception from “De Lijn“ association will take place on the ss Rotterdam V, moored on the Katendrechtse Hoofd in Rotterdam. The association counts nearly 2000 members comprised of former and present HAL employees and other interested persons. Therefore, I have selected the tile for January that marks the end of the sailing life of this Rotterdam as Holland America Line flagship. You can read more about the tile in the menu “World Voyages”. You can become a member of the “De Lijn” association for only € 27.50 per year, for which you will also receive six richly illustrated magazines (see: www.verenigingdelijn.nl).
Every year the “De Lijn” association looks forward to the participation of members of the sister organization in the US and Canada (Association “De Lijn North American Chapter”). Tiles of both associations can be found in the menu “Special Occasions”.
My latest acquisition dates from 1969, a one-off made tile of the ss Ryndam (1951-1972), offered by Chapman College as a thank you for “an outstanding semester at sea” (see the menu News).
Next update: Februari 1, 2020.