Re: From Austria to Venezuela #general

A. E. Jordan

From: Pamela Weisberger
You might have luck with the Holland-American Line collection of outbound
passenger record, since that was the line sailing >from Rotterdam.
This will not work because Holland-America Line (Nederlandsche Amerikaansche
Stoomvaart Maatschappij) was a North Atlantic steamship company. They were
founded in 1873 (a predecessor dates to 1871) and continued to offer trans-
Atlantic service between Holland and North America into the 1960s and 1970s.
In 1888 they tried to expand to run to Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina but that
only lasted >from 1888 to 1890. At that point they became strictly a North
Atlantic carrier. I do not believe they ever maintained any regular service
to Venezuela except for cruises >from New York.

There were several other shipping firms that provided service to South America
although Venezuela is mostly in the shipping parlance linked with the Central
America service. Shipping firms most often refer to South American service
when they are thinking of Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay.

from 1906 to 1936 there was a firm called Koninklijke Hollandsche Lloyd (Royal
Holland Lloyd) but they also stopped service too early for this question.

If it was a Dutch ship that this person sailed on the most likely candidates
would be ships >from Rotterdam-Zuid Amerika Lijn (Rotterdam South American Line).
They had two cargo ships that carried 24 passengers each in the 1939-1940 time
frame. The ships were the Alphacca and the Alpherat and they also had a few
smaller cargo ships that carried 12 passengers each. I think the ones in
service at this time would have been the Alcyone and the Aldabi plus maybe
ships called Alchiba, Gemma, Algorab, Alhena, Aldura, Zosmar, and Alwaki. They
were all small freighters carrying only a few passengers.

I have no idea if any records survive >from this shipping company. The firm was
still in business into the 1980s but only operating cargo ships.

Pamela mentioned the Rotterdam City Archives which has some information and
might be worth contacting.

Also Rotterdam has a large maritime museum which also has an extensive research
library/collection. You might try contacting them for more information. They
might also be able to put you in touch with a Dutch maritime historian who
might have more details on what ships were sailing in this period.

That would be your best bets, I think.

Allan Jordan

PS -- In addition to the genealogy I am a maritime historian

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