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Immigrants, Tourists and Students sailed on the Dutch Victory ships during the 1950s
The SS Waterman sails from Rotterdam.

Immigrants, Tourists and Students sailed on the Dutch Victory ships during the 1950s

  • The SS Groote Beer, a former Victory ship, operated between Europe and North America during the 1950s.

SS Groote Beer , SS Zaiderkruis, SS Waterman, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Tourists, Immigrants, Holland-America Line, 1950s, Immigration, Holland, Australia, USA, Canada

  • The Groote Beer was part of Dutch Victory ships that provided immigrant transportation following World War 2.

SS Groote Beer , SS Zaiderkruis, SS Waterman, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Tourists, Immigrants, Holland-America Line, 1950s, Immigration, Holland, Australia, USA, Canada

Along with the Zaiderkruis and Waterman, she brought many immigrants to North America and Australia.

SS Groote Beer , SS Zaiderkruis, SS Waterman, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Tourists, Immigrants, Holland-America Line, 1950s, Immigration, Holland, Australia, USA, Canada

On the trans-Atlantic runs, the ships carried 40 First Class passengers with a limited number of accommodations.

Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski and his wife in First Class on board one of the Dutch Victory ships.

National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter, and one of President Obama’s top security advisors, Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski sailed with his wife Mushka in the small First Class.

First Class accommodations were provided so the ships could secure low tourist class rates from the Trans Atlantic Steamship Conference.

SS Groote Beer , SS Zaiderkruis, SS Waterman, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Tourists, Immigrants, Holland-America Line, 1950s, Immigration, Holland, Australia, USA, Canada

National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter, and one of President Obama’s top security advisors, Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski sailed with his wife Mushka in the small First Class.

SS Groote Beer , SS Zaiderkruis, SS Waterman, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Tourists, Immigrants, Holland-America Line, 1950s, Immigration, Holland, Australia, USA, Canada

She could accommodate 830 passengers in Tourist Class accommodations ranging from cabins to dormitories.

She transported thousands of immigrants to the United States (New York City), Canada and occasional runs to Australia from all parts of Europe.


The Groote Beer sailing from Amsterdam to Australia in the 1950s carrying Dutch immigrants.

She made regular stops at Halifax, Nova Scotia’s Pier 21 (Canada’s Ellis Island), and to Quebec City and Montreal with Holland-America Line as her agents.

She was also popular with students and tourists who wanted rock bottom cheap voyages during the late 1950s.

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