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In the mid-1920s the
Thus in September 1926, an order for the
construction of a new ship was placed with “P.
She was delivered to her owners in
postcard of the
(GRT is Gross Registered Ton)
Although her schedule may well have been varied, the only one I have been able to obtain was one dated “Sailings October 1935 to May 1936” and that service was as follows:
Return service being:
The interior photographs below mostly hail from a KNSM brochure I own, and they are on view below.
A cosy and a delightful Lounge
The Music Saloon was more contemporary in style
photo was kindly provided by KNSM supporter
The Promenade Deck and it is time to place some deck games
Up on Boat Deck there was a spacious Sports Deck which was covered, protecting passengers from the blistering sun whilst sailing in the hot weather.
The whilst the ships magnificently timbered walled Dinning Room was located forward on A Deck, with most of this deck also containing the First Class accommodations.
A superbly styled Dinning Room
A wartime Diner Menu dated December 13, 1942
Menu was kindly provided by
A two berth cabin complete with a large sofa
However far aft there was the Tourist Class Deck Saloon, whilst their Dinning
Room and accommodations where located on B Deck. From what I have read, there
would not have been much more than 50 passengers, although it is reported that
she transported 55 between
A “Cottica Pin”, which was obtained onboard by winning a sports tournament
postcard of the
Prior to World War 2, she carried many
European migrants to various
You will note that she has COTTICA -
The story below of an unknown Dutchman was
sent to me by a Dutch supporter,
“I Departed Amsterdam in September 1939 on the KNSM ship
Of course many of us may well remember the
story of that German liner the 16,732 GRT, M.S. St Louis that arrived later in
Jamaica with 937 Jewish refugees, but the evil pro Nazi Jamaican Government
refused them entry, even though all passengers had been given visas by the
Germans, and they thus they were sent back to Germany. Although the wonderful
Visit the T/v Irpinia story, which was used in the Movie “Voyage of the Damned” as the German liner M.S. St Louis.
There is also a link on that page to view the full movie!
Enter: T/v Campana-Irpinia
It is also worthy to mention, that during the
soldier from the
final photo of the
In 1946, the Cottica was renovated to become an all First Class ship, which saw the both the Lounge and the Dining Room somewhat enlarged, and the Tourist Class Deck Saloon became a partially enclosed kindergarten. She now accommodated 119 First Class only passengers.
Here we see the upgraded Cottica with anew aft section as well as two new lifeboats added aft.
Yard number: 410.
Launch Date: April 30, 1927.
Delivery Date: September 15, 1927.
Ships Name: Cottica.
Managed by: The owner.
IMO number: 5606564.
Call signs: NLRB - PDMR in 1934.
Category: Passenger-Cargo Ship.
Engine Manufacturer: By the ship builder.
A postcard with an aerial view of the Cottica
Engine Type: Steam triple expansion.
Power: 1,750 HP.
Speed: 11.5 knots, 12 knots maximum.
Length 1: 96.09 m length overall (Loa).
Length 2: 94.59 m length between perpendiculars (Lbp).
Beam: 14.39 m registered.
Draught: 8.36 m registered
Gross Tonnage: 3,989 GRT.
Net Tonnage: 2,312 NET.
DWT: 3,905 DWT.
fine stern view of the
Passengers: 88 First Class.
. Tourist Class, unknown number of passengers.
1946: 119 First Class.
Grain: 153,380 Cubic Feet.
Bales: 140,190 Cubic Feet.
A wonderful postcard of the Cottica
She was laid up at
magnificent model of the
image was kindly provided by
the KNSM Liner,
was an intimate but a delightful small liner serving the
Also visit the KNSM 1930 flagship MS Colombia
Also the MS Oranje Nassau & Prins Der Nederlanden of 1957
And the 35 KNSM-Passenger-Freighters
“Blue Water Liners sailing to the distant
I watched them come, I watched them go and I watched them die.”
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