A LENS ON VANCOUVER'S PAST
Walter Frost's Holland-America Line (1920-1975)
Years In Service:
Combination cargo-passenger ship
151.68 m / 498 ft.
435,000 cu. ft.
387,000 cu. ft.
Interesting Facts & Figures
The Diemerdyk, flagship of HAL’s North Pacific Coast service (1950-1957), was the first vessel built in the Netherlands for the Holland-America Line since the Second World War. She replaced the Drechtdyk, which was deemed beyond repair after being seized for wartime service by the Nazis in 1940.
Primarily a refrigerated freighter, the Diemerdyk also had spacious and luxurious accommodations for 61 passengers for the West Coast-Europe trade, all in outside staterooms decorated in tasteful pastels. Three of the Combi-Liner’s six holds were specially equipped for refrigerated cargo and her passenger sections were air-conditioned; essential while sailing through the tropics.