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Atlas, 16000 GRT, loa 155m, 600 passengers Although originally planned as the freighter Dinteldijk for Holland America Line, she was delivered in 1952 as the transatlantic liner Rijndam for the Rotterdam – New York service. In 1964 she switched to Australia/ New Zealand service. 1966/ 1967 she sailed for a German sister company of the HAL, Europe Canada Line. In 1968 she was acquired by shipping company Trans Oceaan from Holland. 1971 she was suddenly laid up and a year later sold to Greek Epirotiki Lines who had her completely rebuilt giving her a sleek, modern appearance. She was used for cruising, mainly in European waters as Atlas, until 1988. she was then sold to US interests and sailed as a casino cruise ship Pride of the Mississippi for Pride Cruise Line from Gulfport. Renamed Pride of Galveston in 1991. From 1993 used as a static floating casino in Gulfport.1999 renamed Copa Casino, later sold for scrap in Alang, India, but sank while under tow to the scrapyard.

21 photographs, made in 1980 during a ship visit in Amsterdam.