Thursday, September 29, 2011

"I name you the Rotterdam and wish you a safe journey."

SS Rotterdam was launched on September 13, 1958, after having been christened by HM Queen Juliana of the Netherlands. Thousands came to the event. They knew that this would be a great moment in Dutch maritime history - how could they possibly miss it?

"I name you the Rotterdam," the Queen said, "and wish you a safe journey."

With that, the ship entered the water for the first time. Her Majesty could not have known then that now - 53 years later - the ship would still be with us. The Rotterdam is one of those rare liners that escaped destruction at the hands of the breakers. She now operates as a floating hotel in Rotterdam, which is indeed a most appropriate place for her retirement indeed.

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