situation today
Willemsplein today: Northwestern part of Zalmstraat has buildings, but all other buildings and streets Eastward have made way for
an enlarged Willemsplein. Where my grandfathers' Helvetia ships are shown in the picture nowadays passengers for Spido (roundtrip
boats) and speedy ferries to other places along the river(s) embark. Pelikaanstraat has disappeared alltogether. It was somewhere
below the landing on the northern shore of the river of the 'new' Erasmusbridge.
The filled in Zalmhaven can be seen, just as the smaller Houtlaan between Zalmhaven and Westerstraat. The picture also shows clearly
buildings that were not affected by the bombs (at left). For more information on this check the map on the bombings.