SS Diemerdyk - SS Dinteldyk
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SS Diemerdyk & SS Dinteldyk
A delightful photograph of the SS Diemerdyk arriving
in San Francisco USA after hr long voyage from
Please Note: Photographs are from the Author’s private collection, unless otherwise noted.
I hereby wish to thank Roel Zwama (http://surf.to/shiplover) and Willem van Voorst (www.arendnet.com) of The Netherlands who provided additional information and a number of photographs as marked. Thank you for your kind assistance.
SS Diemerdyk would be the
first Holland America Line ship to be built after the war. Built by Wilton
Construction on her sister, Dinteldyk commenced in 1950, however, it was soon decided to redesign her into Trans-Atlantic liner with 861 passengers and was given the name Ryndam, who with her sister Maasdam set a new standard in Tourist Class service yet both offered 39 passengers a penthouse style First Class section up on Boat deck.
With the building of the Ryndam, the building of Diemerdyk’s sister the Dinteldyk was put on hold for a further five years. Wilton Fijenoord finally laid down the keel for the Dinteldyk on August 3, 1955, and was launched unnamed on June 9, 1956. She was christened on 20 February, 1957, and departed the next day for her sea trails. She was delivered on February 27, 1957.
SS Dinteldyk the second of a pair of passenger/cargo liners
She was given the then new HAL livery of a grey hull with a gold ribbon
Diemerdyk departed on her
maiden voyage on June 24, 1950, sailing from
Dinteldyk passes under the
Although these ships
varied a little in length and tonnage, they were almost identical. Diemerdyk
accommodated 61 passengers and Dinteldyk 60. Each ship offered single, twins
bedded cabins and several having three berths. All cabins were outside and had
private facilities. Promenade Deck featured several excellent lounges, with the
Dining Room located down on C deck. The centrally located superstructure
offered ample open and sheltered deck space on Boat and Promenade Deck, which
was partially glass enclosed and having an aft section overlooking the stern of
the ship, and A Deck aft offered ample sports facilities. The Dining Room and
all cabins were air-conditioned. Within their six holds there were both cooled
and refrigerated facilities for the transport of fruits from the West Coast of
Tonnage: Diemerdyk – 11,195 – call sign PDPT.
Dinteldyk – 11,366 – call sign PDQG.
Length: Diemerdyk – 498ft / 151,86m.
Dinteldyk – 504ft / 153,62m.
Width: 69ft / 21.3m.
Draught: 30.1ft / 9.15m.
Engines: Diemerdyk – Steam, Gen Elec Turbines - 8,500 BHP – Victory class surplus.
Dinteldyk Steam, Pametrade Geared Turbines – 9,350 BHP.
Service speed: 16.5 knots.
Passengers: 61 / 60 One class.
SS Diemerdyk sold to become Oriental Amiga
Diemerdyk seen towards the end of her Holland America career
Diemerdyk operated her
Trans-Atlantic service until 1968, but was sold on December 3 to the one of the
C.Y. Tung companies, “Orient Africa Line” (
Oriental Amiga - Photo provided by Roel Zwama
Two years later she was converted as a containership and recommenced service. In 1974 she was sold to another C.Y. Tung affiliate company “Orient Overseas Line” and she continued to operate under the same name. The only livery change was that her hull was painted black.
Oriental Amiga - Photo provided by Roel Zwama
Oriental Amiga was sold
to be broken up late in 1977 and arrived in
SS Dinteldyk sold to become Oriental Fantasia / Hong Kong Success
Dinteldyk - Photo provided by Roel Zwama
Dinteldyk was sold in
June 1970 to C.Y. Tung’s Oriental Central America Lines,
Oriental Fantasia - Photo provided by Roel Zwama
In 1972 she was sold to
another C.Y. Tung company, Pacific Union Lines Ltd., Hong Kong and was renamed Hong Kong Success. In 1976 she was
transferred to Oriental Central America Lines Inc.,
Hong Kong Success was
sold late 1978 to broken up and arrived at the Chen Tai Iron
Works shipyards at
There was no doubt about it, but originally these were superb passenger cargo liners that offered excellent service from Europe to the West Coast of America and many ex passengers to this day continue to speak very highly about them, as these two ships were greatly loved. Thus, many who will read this feature will be able relive their days on these delightful and intimate small ships!
Remembering a Great pair of Holland America Line
Passenger - Cargo Liners!
The SS Diemerdyk is seen departing the busy
Page One: The history of two fine passenger cargo ships.
Page Two: Photographs of the ships.
Page Three: The Reijnouw Nunnink’s voyage on the SS Dinteldyk.
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Page Two - Their Deck Plans.
And the MS Noordam & MS Westerdam & their Two ill-fated sisters!
Feature 2 - The MS Noordam & MS Westerdam.
Water Liners sailing to the distant shores.
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