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15024 GRT, loa 153m, 779 passengers Built in 1952 Maasdam was one of the so called economy twins (carrying almost exclusively tourist class passengers and just a handful of first class passengers), sailing on the transatlantic run for the Holland America Line together with sister Rijndam. In 1968 she was sold to Polish Ocean Lines and together with Queen Elizabeth2 was the only vessel left on the northern transatlantic run. Taken out of service in 1988, she was used in 1989 as an accommodation ship in Gothenburg, Sweden for persons seeking asylum as Stefan. Later she was laid up in Greece and after plans to rebuild her as a cruise ship failed to materialize, a long period of lay up followed and the badly deteriorated vessel was sent to the breakers in 2000.

25 photographs, made in 1979 during a ship visit in Rotterdam.