A LENS ON VANCOUVER'S PAST
Walter Frost's Holland-America Line (1920-1975)
Years In Service:
Combination cargo-passenger ship
155.20 m / 509 ft.
570,787 cu. ft.
676,666 cu. ft.
Interesting Facts & Figures
Sister of the Delftdyk, the motorship Damsterdyk was another Combi-Liner that was part of the North Pacific Coast service jointly operated by HAL and the Royal Mail. She sailed from Rotterdam on September 13, 1930 on her maiden voyage and arrived in the Puget Sound early in October. Large public rooms with spacious library, an airy lounge with large windows and glass doors opening on a glass-enclosed promenade deck and a well-ventilated dining salon were features included for passenger comfort.
In 1939, the Damsterdyk and Drechtdyk were in Vancouver at the Pool elevator loading a total of 20,000 tons (or three quarters of a million bushels) of Canadian wheat destined for Rotterdam. Pointing to the spouts which were pouring golden grain into the ship’s hold, Capt. T. Jaski, master of the Damsterdyk said "the potato bread we had to eat in 1918 was a poor substitute for wheat bread. All this wheat is for consumption in Holland."