Nederland Line

The Last Ocean Liners


Nederland Line The Stoomvaart Maatschappij Nederland once operated colonial services linking Amsterdam with Jakarta (Batavia) via the Suez Canal. By 1950 however, relations between Indonesia and the mother country had become troubled, and the company employed their Oranje and Johan van Oldenbarnevelt on the emigrant trade to Australia.

The service was successful enough that the two ocean liners were refitted and upgraded in 1959 for around-the-world services, coordinating schedules with their competitor, Royal Rotterdam Lloyd. The new route was from Holland via the Mediterranean and Suez to Australia then across the Pacific to the Panama Canal, Florida and return across the Atlantic. Each ship made three or four circuits per year, interspersed with occasional cruises.

They were an alternative to the British liners, carrying a share of the post-war migrant traffic as well as northern Europeans wanting to see the world on a leisurely schedule.

Oranje was sold to Lauro Lines of Italy, renamed as Angelina Lauro and converted to carry 1,500 passengers in two classes on service from Northern Europe via the Mediterranean and Suez to Australia.

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Oranje - 1939 - Nederland Line
Oranje Nederland Line
Built: 1939 by Nederlandsche SB Mij, Amsterdam, Holland Gross tons: 20551 Length: 656ft (200m) Width: 83ft (25m) Depth: 28ft (9m) Speed: 21.5kn Power: 37500 bhp Propulsion: Diesel triple screw Passengers: 323 First 626 Tourist End of service: Sold 1964

Johan van Oldenbarnevelt - 1930 - Nederland Line
Johan van Oldenbarnevelt Nederland Line
Built: 1930 by Nederlandsche SB Mij, Amsterdam, Holland Gross tons: 19787 Length: 608ft (185m) Width: 74ft (23m) Depth: 27ft (8m) Speed: 17kn Power: 14000 bhp Propulsion: Diesel twin screw Passengers: 1210 One class End of service: Sold 1962