SS Rijndam (1951)

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Name: SS Rijndam
Operator: NASM
Builder: N.V. Dok- en Werfmaatschappij Wilton-Fijenoord, Schiedam the Netherlands[1]
Yard number: 732[2]
Laid down: 17 DEC 1949[2]
Christened: 19 DEC 1951 Mrs. C. Tjarda van Stakenborgh Stachouwer-Marburg (wife of the prewar Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies)[2]
Acquired: 10 JUL 1951[2]
Maiden voyage: 16 JUL 1951[2]
In service: 1951-1966 with NASM[2]
Out of service: 2003
Fate: Sank on in route to scrapping at Alang, India
Status: Sunk
Notes: Originally ordered as combination cargo passenger ship Dinteldijk
General characteristics
Displacement: 15,015 GRT[1]
Length: 503 ft (153.3 m)[2]
Beam: 69 ft (21.0 m)[2]
Installed power: cross-compound General Electric steam turbines (built in 1945) 8,500shp double-reduction geared[2]
Propulsion: Single screw[2]
Speed: 16.5 knots[2]
Capacity: 39 first class berths, 854 Tourist passengers[2]
Notes: Daily fuel consumption 53 tons, daily (considered low for that time)[2]

The SS Rijndam (also spelled Ryndam) was a ship that was built for Nederlandsch-Amerikaansche Stoomvaart-Maatschappij in 1951. She was built by N.V. Dok en Werfmaatschappij Wilton-Fijenoord, Schiedam. The original intent of her design was to be designated as the freighter Dinteldyk (which was also designed to carry a small compliment of passengers). A decision was made ton have her redesigned as a liner in 1950, but she still retained the stout hull lines and sturdy machinery of a freighter.[1][2] In 1973, she was sold to a Panamanian subsidiary of a Greek shipping interest and extensively refitted with her bow line changed, many internal changes, and alterations to her superstructure. This was done to give her a more modern (at the time) 1970's design appearance.[2] In 1988 she was sold to gaming interests and performed short cruises in the Gulf of Mexico under the name Pride of Mississippi, and in 1991 was renamed Pride of Galveston.[1] In 1993, she was docked permanently in Biloxi, Mississippi and became the Copa Casino. When Copa Casino adopted a more permanent structure, a decision was made that she should be scrapped. In 2003, sunk on her way to the ship breakers in Alang, India.[1]