Past and PresentStoomvaart Maatschappij Zeeland (SMZ)

SS Prinses Juliana II – Past and Present

SS Prinses Juliana II

Roy Thornton Collection

Roy Thornton Collection

Steel twin screw steamer, built in 1920, by Koninklijke Mij. “De Schelde”, Vlissingen. (Yard No. 171) for Stoomvaart Mij. Zeeland

Technical Data

  • Length:¬†110.72m (363.27 ft)(overall), 106.568m (349.6 ft) (registered )
  • Breadth of Hull:¬†13.01m
  • Depth: 7.24m
  • Draught:¬†4.27m (maximum)
  • Tonnage:¬†2,908 gross/1,122 net/2407 deadweight
  • Engines:¬†Two sets triple 4 cylinder Kon. Mij De Schelde steam engines
  • Power:¬†10,000 bhp
  • Speed:¬†22 knots.
  • Capacity:¬†377 passengers in two classes. 267 1st class 110 2nd class
  • Call Sign: PQRF
  • ID Number:¬†5605196
  • Official Number:¬†31874
  • Registry:¬†Flushing/Netherlands
  • Sister-ships: Mecklenburg I, Mecklenburg II, Oranje Nassau, Prinses Juliana I.


May 22nd 1917: Ordered.

November 27th 1917: Keel laid.

March 18th 1920: Launched.

1920: Before delivery to Stoomvaart Mij. Zeeland, damaged by fire onboard.

August 12th 1920: Delivered to S.M.Z.

August 15th 1920: Maiden voyage Vlissingen-Folkestone.

January 1927: Transferred to Vlissingen-Harwich. Boat deck extended and promenade decks fitted with glazed screens.

June 29th 1935: Inbound, in broad daylight with 311 passengers, she was hit, starboard side abreast mainmast, by the outward bound ESBJERG (DFDS) off Dovercourt. Three injured.



July 4th 1935: Left Harwich for repairs at Rotterdam.

August 11th 1935: Back in service.

November 21st 1937: Entering the Schelde estuary, in fog, ran aground near Flushing.

1939: Laid up in Vlissingen.

May 11th 1940: Requisitioned by the Royal Dutch Navy as a Transport.

May 12th 1940: During trip from Vlissingen to IJmuiden bombed by German planes. Heavily damaged, beached on Terheyden Bank north of the North Pier of Hook of Holland.

June 24th 1940: Beached but broke in two in the same position (N51.59/E4.06).

All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions found. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright.

Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)

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