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Holland Steamship Company

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The Holland Steamship Company (Dutch: Hollandsche Stoomboot Maatschappij (HSM)) was formed in Amsterdam in 1885 to run a steamship service from Amsterdam to London.



  • 1827 – 70 ft. paddle steamer "De Beurs" of Screw Steamer Co. operated service to London from Amsterdam.
  • 1855 - Amsterdam Steamship Co. set up service to London.
  • 1885 - Hollandsche Stoomboot Maats. [ HSM ] or Holland Steamship Co. commenced operating with a one ship service which was doubled later that year when "Amstelstroom" was delivered.
  • 1974 - Having discontinued passenger services after World War II, the company's many cargo vessels continued to trade until 1974 when finally operations ceased.
  • Routes

  • Passenger / Cargo : Amsterdam to London. Initially to Brewer's Quay but later transferring to Hay's Wharf also within the Pool of London. After World War I the service moved again within the Pool to Enderby's Wharf ; and Amsterdam to Hull.
  • Cargo : Amsterdam to Belfast / Bristol / Cardiff / Cork / Dublin / Fowey / Grangemouth / Shoreham / Swansea / Teignmouth / Waterford ; and Flushing to Shoreham.
  • Livery

    Funnel: Yellow with black top.

    Cargo only services

    Outside of its passenger / cargo services, HSM operated cargo services to many ports around the coasts of the U.K. and Ireland - see 'Routes' above.

    Passengers would occasionally be carried on these vessels but it was on an ad hoc basis.

    A feature of the ships deployed on the London service was the mounting of deck cranes to facilitate speedy cargo handling.


    Holland Steamship Company Wikipedia

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