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A fine artist impression SS Groote Beer – This was an official postcard sold on board
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Dutch Government purchased these three Victory ships and were placed various
services without much alterations. Before their extensive rebuilding in 1951,
these three ships were austere to say the least, as the three SS Waterman items
reveal. However, after their rebuilding in 195q, they were remarkably improved
as the SS Groote Beer Photographs shown down the page prove.
The Dutch Government purchased these three Victory ships and were placed various services without much alterations. Before their extensive rebuilding in 1951, these three ships were austere to say the least, as the three SS Waterman items reveal. However, after their rebuilding in 195q, they were remarkably improved as the SS Groote Beer Photographs shown down the page prove.
We should understand that all three ships were almost identical as far as their interiors were concerned, and having visited all three of them, I would not have known which ship I was on whilst on board as the lounges and public spaces were identical. Thus, although I may have some of the images under various ships, please take them as being relevant for all three ships. However, please note, these ships did have various refits during their years, thus there were various changes over the years!
This the Main Lounge
This is ships Bar located aft on the portside of the Main Lounge on A Deck
The Writing Room
This is one of the internal smaller Lounges between the cabins
The Hairdressing Salon
The forward Dinning Room
Four berth cabin
A typical 6 or 8 Berth Cabin as found on all three ships
Above & Below: A Trans-Ocean brochure
we have come to the end of ssMaritime’s feature on these three Dutch
Victory ships. Sadly, I was unable to obtain and photographs of the
A fine painting of one of the Dutch Victory ships
the Painter is unknown
Sadly the Painter is unknown
Dutch Victory Trio INDEX:
… The history of these three ships.
… Ships – General Photo Album.
List for the
… Here is
another passenger list, but this time for the
… Passenger Dr.
is the story of soldier Frank Lovell who finally returned home, having fought
so many battles during WW2 throughout many parts of Europe on the S.S. Costa
Rica Victory, (later the Groote Beer) in September 1945. The three parts are by
Other Passenger lists currently available online
Passenger List dated 25 April, 1955
View it online
Also S.S. Waterman departed from
“Blue Water Liners sailing to the distant shores.
I watched them come, I watched them go and I watched them die.”
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