SS Diemerdyk - SS Dinteldyk

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Holland America Line

SS Diemerdyk & SS Dinteldyk

 

A delightful photograph of the SS Diemerdyk arriving in San Francisco USA after hr long voyage from Rotterdam!

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 Fijenoord in Schiedam, her keel was laid on January 4, 1949, and was launched on December 17, 1949. She undertook sea trails from June 13 to 17, 1950, and was delivered to Holland America on June 23, 1950.

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 Rotterdam to New York, thereafter her, and in 1957 the Dinteldyk, schedule would be: Rotterdam, London, Bermuda, Curacao, Cristobal, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Victoria, and Vancouver, returning via Bremen, Hamburg and Antwerp to Rotterdam. Dinteldyk departed on her maiden Trans-Atlantic voyage on March 2, 1957.

SS Dinteldyk passes under the Golden Gate

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 the US to Europe.

SS Diemerdyk

Specifications:

Built by: Wilton Fijenoord Schiedam.

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.

Screws: Single.

Service speed: 16.5 knots.

Passengers: 61 / 60 One class.

Crew: 70.

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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” (Liberia) and was renamed her Oriental Amiga, and continued duties as a cargo ship. Although her hull painted grey, contained the name of the sister company “Orient Overseas Line.” Her funnel featured the traditional C.Y. Tung emblem.

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 Kaohsiung Taiwan on January 7, 1978 and was duly laid up. Chi Shung Hwa Steel Enterprise Co Ltd commenced scrapping her on August 7.

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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, Monrovia and was renamed Oriental Fantasia and like her sister she was rebuilt as a container ship. Her hull also contained the name of the sister company “Orient Overseas Line,” with her funnel pained with the C.Y. Tung emblem.

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., Liberia, but sailed under the same name and livery.

Hong Kong Success - Photo provided by Roel Zwama

Hong Kong Success was sold late 1978 to broken up and arrived at the Chen Tai Iron Works shipyards at Kaohsiung Taiwan on January 1, 1979, and breaking up commenced on February 10. 

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!

Above: The SS Diemerdyk is seen departing the busy port of Rotterdam and is heading across the Atlantic bound for the east coast of America, then she will sail through the Panama Canal and conclude her voyage to San Francisco. For interest, the Holland America Line Head Office can be seen on the left and the building with those beautiful towers is today a 5 Star luxury hotel. The SS Diemerdyk is seen here in her original HAL livery, with a black hull, a white ribbon, red boot topping and an all white superstructure. The funnel being; yellow with the green and white bars. - The Photograph provided by Willem van Voorst.

 

INDEX:

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.

Also Visit … M.V. Dalerdijk, M.V. Delfdijk & S.S. Duivendijk:

Page One - The Ships History & Photo Page.

Page Two - Their Deck Plans.

And the MS Noordam & MS Westerdam & their Two ill-fated sisters!

Feature 2 - The MS Noordam & MS Westerdam.

 

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