What were the experiences and perceptions?

Passage ticket for the steamship Cottica

NfS Source 2

Boat ticket of the KNSM - Royal Netherlands Steamship Co. for the Cottica.

In the 1950s people travelled from Suriname to the Netherlands by boat.One girl, Delfi Baal, left Suriname on the 14th of September 1956 to work in the Netherlands as a trainee nurse. She came on her own initiative, therefore she had to pay for the boat ticket of the KNSM - Royal Netherlands Steamship Co. herself. In those days you had to pay 235 American dollars for a ticket from Paramaribo to Amsterdam.

The ships had names such as Bonaire, Boskoop, Willemstad, Oranjestad and Cottica. On the day of departure, when the women walked along the pier to the large boat, the girls felt special. Many of them recall this as a wonderful feeling.


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