Ocean liner ss Maasdam in Southampton
ss Maadam (Holland America Line)
This painting depicts the Dutch liner  Maasdam
Ocean liner Maasdam Southampton
Marine art detail: Maasdam (1)
Marine art detail: Maasdam (2)
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Watercolor. 35 x 49,4 cm. [SOLD]

This painting depicts the Maasdam in Southampton. The tug/tender Calshot assists this Holland America Line beauty. The crane in the foreground gives a nice depth to the painting. One wonder what the port staff are talking about? The Cirrus clouds give a nice tension and movement to the painting. From this point of view, the beautiful lines of the Maasdam come into their own.

Strombus Aerofill

Ryndam and Maasdam had a special aerodynamic funnel named after a shell to prevent smoke descending on the ship decks. 

Stefan Batory

From 1968 till 1988 the former Maasdam – renamed Stefan Batory (Polish Ocean Lines) – was still a very popular liner. 


Ryndam and her sister Maasdam where build at the Wilton Fijnenoord shipyard in Rotterdam in 1951 and 1952. 

Maasdam at Wilton Fijenoord
Maasdam 1952 on the Nieuwe Waterweg
Maasdam in Rotterdam
Ss Maasdam Wilton Feijenoord werf
Ss Maasdam uitvarend
Ss Maasdam op de Nieuwe waterweg
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The Maasdam (4) of the Holland America Line was launched in 1952. The ship maintained a regular service between Rotterdam and New York and / or Montreal via Le Havre, Southampton, Cobh and Galway.  Together with her sister Ryndam (2), these ships were called ‘The Economy Twins’, because the majority of the ship was Tourist Class, and only a small number of cabins First Class. This was an entirely new concept for that time. In 1968 Maasdam was sold to Polish Ocean Lines and named Stefan Batory. Along with the Queen Elizabeth 2 she was the last transatlantic passenger ship in regular service. She operated between Gdynia and Montreal via Rotterdam and Tilbury. In that capacity, the ship was a regular visitor at the  Wilhelminakade in Rotterdam, which was ofcourse very familiar to her.