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Accommodation Plan - Netherlands Ministry of Transport, SS Groote Beer, SS Waterman & SS Zuiderkruis, 1957 Document Reg. No: HT 16096

Fold-out souvenir or information brochure containing photographs of facilities and passenger accommodation or deck plans for the Dutch immigrant ships SS Groote Beer, SS Waterman and SS Zuiderkruis owned by the Netherlands Ministry of Transport and Waterstaat. The markings on the plan indicate where the migrant family who used this plan were accommodated on their voyage to Australia.

These three vessels were originally part of a fleet of 413 "Victory" ships built to standardised plans by numerous American shipyards during the later half of World War II. Following the war these three ships were purchased by the Dutch Government in 1947 for use in migrant transport to Australia and other locations.
Four-way folded and staple-bound DDL format shipping brochure printed in blue, black and red ink on white or cream stock. The cover has a large aerial photograph of Groote Beer steaming at full speed in open water, and a silhouette of an immigrant family with luggage in front of a stylised depiction of the sun with radiating light and dark blue rays. This image is repeated on the back cover. The plan includes photographs of: Lounge A-Deck, 6-Berth Cabin, Nursery, Hairdresser, Writing Room, Bar, Dining Saloon, Lounge D-Deck, Lounge C-Deck, Laundry, Baby Washroom and Ironing Room; deck plans of: A-Deck, B-Deck, C-Deck, D-Deck, E-Deck and part of F-Deck. There are several crosses in blue biro ink and grey-lead pencil which mark various berths in cabins 326, 331 & 329 on E-Deck.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs. Carla Whiteley, 2005
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 10.10 cm (Width), 21.20 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: immigration, ships, shipping lines, shipping, accommodation, plan drawings, shipping industry, ship memorabilia, pamphlets, passengerlist waterman, i am looking for the passengerslist from de groote beer leaving rotterdam for new york.
Themes this item is part of: Migration Collection, Transport Collection
Primary Classification: WATER TRANSPORT
Tertiary Classification: accommodation plans
Inscriptions: Text: S.S. GROOTE BEER/S.S. WATERMAN/S.S. ZUIDERKRUIS/PLAN/No. 2 - 1957.
Manufactured For: Netherlands Ministery of Transport, Netherlands, 1957
Ship Depicted: ., 1957
Ship Depicted: SS Waterman, 1957
Ship Depicted: SS Zuiderkruis, 1957
References: Peter Plowman, Emigrant Ships to Luxury Liners - Passenger Ships to Australia and New Zealand, 1945-1990, New South Wales University Press, 1992.


Constance Dom-Treuberg Posted on 01 Aug 2011 11:14 AM
I am looking for a passenger list of the SS Waterman, that sailed from Rotterdam to NY city in September 1958. Arriving in NY city on the 24th of September.
Ginger Rempkens Posted on 15 Nov 2011 7:09 PM
I am currently seeking a passenger list of the SS Waterman April of 1958 From Holland to Halifax.... 10 day journey
Discovery Centre Posted on 16 Nov 2011 12:25 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
For incoming passenger lists to the United States please contact the US National Archives. For incoming passenger lists to Canada see Library and Archives Canada website
Hans Bey Posted on 14 Mar 2012 9:10 PM
I am looking for a passenger list of the SS Waterman arrived in Melbourne Jan 1962 from Holland
Discovery Centre Posted on 16 Mar 2012 2:44 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hello Hans

National Archives of Australia (NAA) is the central repository for Australian Commonwealth Government records and holds information on immigration, naturalisation and military service, as well as post 1923 passenger lists to Victoria.

It is important to note that only a small percentage of the material archived by the NAA can be found online. If you cannot find the records which you are seeking, please contact the NAA directly through their Making Australia Home project.

National Archives online records search
Keith Bootsman Posted on 20 Oct 2012 12:55 PM
I am tracing my family history and trying to get a passenger list of the zuiderkruis in 1957 and a picture of the ship at that time. Could you assist.
Keith Bootsman
Discovery Centre Posted on 21 Oct 2012 11:09 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Keith, you will need to contact the National Archives of Australia for a copy of the passenger list. Good luck with your research!
Jean Ooms Posted on 01 Mar 2013 9:54 AM
I have a passengers list from the ss Waterman anyone interested in 1960 to Quebec,July 4 th. I live on Vancouver Island.
Gail Kranendonk Posted on 19 Jul 2013 9:31 AM
I would love to see the passenger list from the s.s. Waterman for 1960, My in-laws came over then and landed at pier 21 in Halifax.
Nico van Oudenallen Posted on 22 Jul 2013 1:55 AM
I am looking for the passenger list of the June 14 1956 voyage from Rotterdam to New York on the Zuiderkruis
Willi Koopman Posted on 06 Aug 2013 11:08 AM
I am looking for the passenger list from the SS Waterman June 1958 from Rotterdam to Australia I was the Passenger with my family.
H. Luttjeboer Posted on 15 Dec 2013 2:31 PM
Searching for a passenger list for June 1952 and for June 1953 for the S.S.Waterman sailing to Halifax from the Netherlands.

Albertha Maria Florisson Posted on 18 Dec 2013 7:25 PM
Mt family immigrated to Australia in 11 September 1961 to Melbourne Victoria, I am looking for the passenger listing of the SS ZUIDERKRUIS of that year, I arrived in Australia, with my Mother and Father, and my two sisters and brother, my dads name is L E J Florisson birth year 1934, place Rijnsberg, Holland. Need it urgently for personal reasons thanks!
George(Geert) de Jong Posted on 06 Jan 2014 2:28 PM
I would be grateful for any information you have regarding the SS Zuiderkruis. I sailed with my family in April 1957 from Rotterdam to Halifax arriving in Halifax approximately April 19 1957. Passenger list and the pamphlet mentioned on your web page would be great ! I would be happy to pay or send a donation. I am planning to visit Halifax this summer. Thanks George De Jong
Discovery Centre Posted on 07 Jan 2014 10:11 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi George, you will need to look online for Canadian records in order to find a passenger list. You are welcome to use the above images in your family history research.
Lisa Posted on 21 Jan 2014 4:44 AM
I have a passenger list for the Groote Beer from August 1957 when my family came to Canada, but I can not find any information about this voyage!
I seem to be the only one with this information. Where can I look for more information?
Susan Brockhus Posted on 31 May 2014 1:16 PM
I have a passenger list for the s.s. Zuiderkruis, for Monday Septermber 19th, 1955 from Rotterdam to Quebec & Montreal.
JULIE VAN CROONENBORG Posted on 14 Jun 2014 9:35 PM
I am seeking passenger lists for 1951 for the Groote Beer (VAN CROONENBORG family) and for 1952 for the Johan Vanoldenbarneveld (RUIG family). Can anyone help? I've found lists for other years but no luck for info I need for family history. I have loads of info and pics of these 2 ships if anyone is interested in the links ... Julie
Lauren Posted on 05 Aug 2014 8:52 PM
Hi, i'm looking for passenger records of the Groote Beer travelling from Holland to Australia. My aunt had her 2nd birthday on the boat on the 7th of Jan, 1959, however I can't find any records with the surname Schouten for this time. My grandfather's name was F. Schouten born in 1925 and was also on the boat. Any help would be great!
Discovery Centre Posted on 06 Aug 2014 10:10 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Lauren - Not all records have been indexed by the NAA. However, a Name Search for the surname you mention does turn up over 100 records, including an F Schouten travelling with female relatives via the Groote Beer in 1959. If you have trouble replicating this search, or the results are not the family you are looking for, do contact the NAA via their website for assistance.
Ilonka Schop Posted on 30 Sep 2014 2:46 AM
I am looking for the passengerslist from de groote beer leaving rotterdam september 1961 and arriving in New York the 30 th of september 1961. They had a stopover in Halifax. Canada.
Patricia Posted on 20 Dec 2014 7:53 PM
Hi, I'm looking for a passenger list for the SS Waterman that arrived in Melbourne on the of 12 February 1955

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