A Special Ship


Is it possible to feel love for a ship that was scrapped way back in 1928? To feel that that ship is part of your family?

Well, I feel that way about the first ship to bear the name Noordam.

SS Noordam 1903.jpg

That’s the ship my maternal great-grandparents, grandmother, great-aunts and great-uncles arrived on in August, 1916.

Interestingly, the Noordam made her maiden voyage in May, 1902, the same year and month my grandma was born.


I wish there were a newsreel of my family landing in America.


I love the fact that, along with my family, the Noordam also carried flower bulbs.

I doubt that I will ever go on a cruise, but if I do, it will be on Noordam 5. After all, she is the great-great-great-granddaughter of the ship my maternal ancestors arrived on.

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