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November 5, 2009

Nieuw Amsterdam Floated Out

Last Friday (October 30, 2009) Fincantieri opened the floodgates in the drydock containing Holland America's Nieuw Amsterdam. That started the process of the water flowing in and signified the first time the ship had actually touched water. 
The process of filling the dock took until Saturday morning when the ship was actually towed out to the finishing dock where it will remain while the interior is completed. Nieuw Amsterdam will then enter service in July 2010. 
Prior to the opening of the valves on Friday, in accordance with tradition, two coins were welded to the ship's mast. These were minted on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's discovery of the river in New York that bears his name. In 1609, Hudson sailed his ship Half Moon up the river, and that eventually led to the establishment of the first permanent Dutch settlement in North America, Nieuw Amsterdam, which eventually became New York. 
The ship now under construction will actually be the fourth Holland America ship to bear the name Nieuw Amsterdam. This 1953 poster depicts Nieuw Amsterdam II. 

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