This website tells you the story of the Dutch freighter “ms Abbekerk”, a merchant vessel that had a short but eventful career in the first years of the Second World War. The ship was only 1,5 years old when it was heavily damaged in London during the Blitz and it took half a year to be repaired. Being a fast ship for its time she mainly sailed independent or in fast military convoys. She supplied the British in Egypt in June 1941 and early 1942 she was in Malaya and the Dutch East Indies during the fall of Singapore and Java. There she took part in the evacuation of US and Australian troops and civilians from Tjilatjap to Fremantle. In august 1942 the Abbekerk was torpedoed and sunk 500 miles southwest of England by U-604.
Just before my father passed away in 2000 he wrote his ‘memoirs’ of his time on the Abbekerk. This site is build around these ‘memoirs’ and all kind of other information I collected related to that period and the theaters the Abbekerk was active in.
Using this site:
- In the most right menu you will find my fathers story, covering mainly Abbekerks war carreer and her last voyage in particular. The last chapters also handle about his time on the ss Maaskerk on which he sailed the remainder of the war.
- The menu next to the article will give all information that can be found on this site about that particular voyage. So it will give different items, depending on the article you are reading.
- The top menu handles about the main subjects of this site:
The Story: my fathers memoirs
The ship: more (technical and historical) information over the ship Abbekerk
The Crew: (Attempts to gather ) a complete crewlist of Abbekerk
The Routes: chronological information on Abbekerks 6 voyages, including a (Google)map of her routes.
Fragments: all kind of related stories and information I managed to collect about Abbekerk and about the events she was involved in. Probably the most interesting part of the website, event if you are not interested in Abbekerk particularly.
Pictures: a collection of pictures I collected and from my fathers scrapbook.
Docs: documents I collected in the past years, related to Abbekerk like movementcards and offical reports. Also things like leave passes and my fathers ‘monsterboekje’.
Links: here you find a wide variety of links to websites and forum related to Abbekerk, merchant shipping, other ships as well usefull links when you are researching ships yourself
Thanks to everybody who helped with information, documents, picture’s etc. Special thanks to mister Ben van Essen from Adelaide who translated all of my fathers memoirs.
If you have any information about the Abbekerk or are in need of information of her, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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