The ShipWatcher Blog

Friday, March 27, 2009

Rotterdam V in Bar Harbour

A Postcard from fellow ship watcher, Dave.

Built for Holland America Line (HAL) in Rotterdam in the 1950's, she was the biggest passenger ship ever built in the Netherlands.

At almost 40,000 GRT, 228 metres long, she could carry almost 1,500 passengers on Trans-Atlantic crossings, but also with single-class cruises in mind. The staircase and dividing walls were able to be altered to allow passengers to enjoy the entire ship during cruises.

She was the first ship to be built without traditional funnels. an idea which was taken up by P&O when they build Canberra in 1960.

She served for 38 years with HAL until 1997 when she was sold to Premier Cruise Line (PCL), operating out of the Carribean.

PCL went bankrupt in 2000, and the ship suffered an uncertain fate until she was purchased by a consortium of two Dutch companies, Eurobalance and Woonbron.

She's currently berthed in her home port of Rotterdam, awaiting refurbishment as a Museum.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Ships in Storms

Thanks to Kevin for emailing me this slideshow of ships in storms.

Server problems fixed.

I apologise for the unavailability of over the last few days.

Our server failed, so we bought a new server, which also failed.

Not being one to give up easily, I've been on this issue since Friday lunchtime, and am relieved to say that as of about 10pm last night, everything is now working fine.

What was most disappointing for me was missing the lovely shots of QE2 as QM2 sailed into Dubai.

On the bright side, we have a larger, faster server so things should run much better than before.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

New QE2 News Feed

I've set up a news feed for information about QE2 at

It contains an archive of news stories about QE2, as well as information about the new ship Queen Elizabeth which is to be launched in 2010.

To make it easy for you, I've also added a "QE2 News" section on the lower right section of ShipWatcher and VQE2 just above the "Cruising News" stories.