Captains from the Past.

Under this subdirectory you will find a series of biographies of the old Hal Captains. Those Captains who have since departed for their final voyage towards the horizon.  This is very much a work in progress and it will take a long time to come even near completion. Most pages only have just a photo as of this moment. Various tidbits of information will be added in the coming periods. The more input and feedback I will receive from my readers, the more I can add to each entry. So please the more you respond, the more I can do.

Please note that I am only listing with captain’s from the long and illustrious past of the company. Not those still in function or enjoying their retirement. That might come later but I would need the individual approval from each and all of them.

I have started with listing those captain’s that I have a photo from. Some captain’s also already have a bio. For others it will starts with snippets that I have collected thusfar. You might find that some names are missing. Either I do not have a photo yet or I do not know of their existence (yet). I am slowly going through the company’s voyage books, musterings books and personell books but that will take some time to complete.

On the right hand side of this page, you will find in alphabetical order the listing as of those names that I am aware off as now.  There will be more coming once I get the total voyage listings together off all the ships. Currently I am trying to piece together each voyage made by any ship in the fleet. Comparing that with the Personell books reveals those who only took command during fill on voyages and then left the company before they were fully promoted.

The challenge is that before 1881, there are no voyage books in the archives and the voyage books that we have from later years are not all complete. The company’s archive was flood damaged in the 1950′s and a lot of material was lost then.

As off today, I have the voyages of the ships more or less complete to 1920 and thus still a long way to go.

I have received in the past year a lot of photos from the captin’s relatives and I will start to upload those in the near future. A heartfelt thank you to all who have done so. I will be in contact again.

Updated 21 september 2014

Update 10 Oct. 2014 update. 3 more captains where added to the list:

Capt. D.K Schoo ( 1926), Capt. C.H. Gast (1926) and Capt. G.W.C. Landman (1893)

Update: 12 Oct. 2014 1 more captain added to the list:

Capt. J.H.K Moliere (1926)

Update: 16 Oct 2014  2 more captains added to the list:

Capt. V. O. S Lambert (1927) and Capt. H.K.L. Veldheer (1927)

Update: 20 Oct 2014  1 one captain added to the list:

Capt. V.H. Augspurg (1929)



Captains from the Past.


  1. I am pleased to see that your blog is now starting to have information about your great deceased Captains. Over the years, I have looked on Google many times, hoping to find information about Captain Folkert Dobbinga, Sr. I am familiar with his great exploit and initiative in preventing his ship from falling into Nazi hands at the start of World War II. He certainly deserves to be remembered.

  2. Captain Reedijk was indeed my father. If necessary i can supply additional information.
    From 1930 until 1972 : functions, ships, wages etc.
    I sailed with HAL as engineer from 1962-1966 mainly on the ss Rotterdam.

  3. i am trying to remember the name of an officer on two ships of dutch registry.

    historically, my father (pieter havers, 1914-1995) served aboard the ms blommersdijk
    on north atlantic concoy duty (later mediterranean and indian ocean) in ww2
    with this individual (then a stuurman).
    on january 6, 1967, they ran into each other at the HAL pier in manhatten.

    we were already booked and had cargo loaded on another ship ready to sail,
    but he (now captain of the Princes Margriet) nevertheless offered immediate
    accommodations aboard his ship.
    sadly, this was an opportunity lost, considering all the tales my father had
    to tell about his time aboard with the stuurman.
    i seem to remember hearing stuurman roosendaal.
    if this is indeed the same man, let me know.

    alternatively, if i have the name wrong,
    who was the captain of the Princes Margriet in 1966-67,
    and how can i get a history of the right individual?

    thank you.

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