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Han van Tienhoven
On September 3rd, 1959, the steamship Rotterdam set out on its first transatlantic voyage to New York. Many celebrated artists and architects worked on this flagship of the Holland-America Line built by the Rotterdam Dockyard Company (RDM). The last and largest Dutch ocean liner, it served as a pleasure cruiser between 1971 and 2000. Back in Rotterdam, the vessel now has a permanent mooring at Katendrecht. It does duty as a congress centre, hotel, restaurant and training centre for two Rotterdam institutes of higher education.