The appearance of this rather stodgy-looking liner would have been vastly improved if her designers had not saddled her with three funnels of the same height. She reminds me of a toy one would wind-up with a key and send churning across a bathtub.
I agree, but she is still one of my favourites. A pity she went to Harland & Wolff. Had she built in Holland she might have been a lot different.... and perhaps a prototype for the 1938 Nw. Amsterdam. Ten years between the STATENDAM a Nw AMSTERDAM made a lot of difference!
She did look like, what I have always felt was a typical Harland and Wolff build. Her superstructure resembles many passenger ships built by H & W both before and after. Except for the flat bridge front, she bears a striking resemblance to Red Stars Belgenland of 1914. It's unfortunate too that HAL kept her in the port of Rotterdam, instead of sending her over to New York with her consort Nieuw Amsterdam following the start of the war.