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STATENDAM

On 16th December 1956 during technical sea trials on the North Sea the vessel encountered serious engine troubles and she became unmanageable. She was towed back to the yard then.

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Note the extension on the funnel. It was not there in the trials nor on the maiden voyage. It appears to have been fitted in Hoboken when she came back of the cruise after the maiden voyage. Also this photo shows that the lower part of the funnel was painted white. I think that was done before the maiden voyage. Made the funnel looks taller. A very fine ship. A 'DAM' fine ship!
 

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With literally hundreds of ships to choose from, Laurence Dunn selected a color photo of STATENDAM for the dust jacket of his massive, 474-page "Passenger Liners", published in 1961. This was the first book I ever bought, and for a 12 year-old, its $20.00 price tag was daunting. (The equivalent of $162.00 in 2017 dollars.) I had to do a lot of chores around the neighborhood to raise that much money! 56 years later I still refer to this maritime bible regularly.
 

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I ordered my book in 1965 also at age 13 and the price was £7.50. My pay for Saturdays pay was 15/-. 10 weeks to pay for it! After a few weeks I thought it was just too much so went to the bookshop. The lady at the shop agreed to take the book back, it was in perfect condition, and put it on the shelf, if it could sell. A week later it was sold so she gave me the money back. Twenty years later the same book arrived on my desk! It had come from the Department of Tourism and as it was out of date they have it to the Harbour Master's office. The owner had written notes etc, included in the date 1965. When I 'retired' as HM I took the book home to keep it safe. I also acquired a second copy, a later edition with a cover photo of one of The GALALEO. Both still in good condition!
 

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I never knew later editions of "Passenger Liners" had a different photo on the dust jacket. Here's a photo of the first edition, with STATENDAM:

http://www.biblio.com/book/passenger-liners-dunn-laurence/d/533920485
 

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Some of the photos had been updated eg First Volume... Queen of Bermuda, three funnels. Second Volume, single funnel!
 

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Fondest of similar memories as i too ordered it from a local bookseller for $20.00. That was June, 1961 and I used some of my high school graduation money. It and the 1965 editon have graced my ship book collecton for over 50 years. Both volumes heavily used and still in original dust jackets G-d bless the late Laurence Dunn.
 

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