SS Nieuw Amsterdam ocean liner (Minic Ships 706)

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Exhibit

SS Nieuw Amsterdam ocean liner (Minic Ships 706)

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location:

Arch Two , Area 18
Tri-ang Minic Ships (display)


1960s


A painted diecast metal 1:1200 waterline ship model of the 1937 S.S. Nieuw Amsterdam ocean liner, Tri-ang Minic Ships model number M 706.

The model has two distinctive yellow plastic funnels (with black-edged white bands) and yellow plastic masts.

SS Nieuw Amsterdam, Minic Ships M 706


1960 catalogue description:

M 706 S.S. NIEUW AMSTERDAM – 36,700 tons, 758 feet long, 88 feet beam, 2 screws, 21 knots. From 1938 until 1959 was the largest Dutch ship and flagship of the Holland-America Line, North Atlantic service. Length 7 916 inches (19.2 cm)

The original ship

Built in Rotterdam for the Holland-America Line, the luxurious Nieuw Amsterdam was effectively a national flagship, and a symbol of national pride for Holland in much the same way that the Normandie was for France. The ship was renamed "New Amsterdam" during construction as a reference to the old name for New York, emphasising the historical links between Holland and the USA.

Although the ships was emphatically designed not to have a dual military purpose (and was referred to as "the ship of peace"), it was requisitioned during WW2 as a troop carrier, and then after extremely extensive repairs and refitting work, converted back into a luxury cruise ship afterwards.

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