The “MS Abbekerk” was Dutch 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 in 1940 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 700 miles southwest of England by U-604.
Inspired by my fathers memoirs, this website pictures the history of the ship and especially her wartime years. You will find lots of information on The Ship, The crew, The Routes she sailed and Pictures and Documents gathered in the past 15 years. But the probably most interesting part of the site are the stories of the men who sailed on her and a well documented week-by-week account of her last long voyage in 1941 and 1942. These can be found under The Stories and under Fragments.
When you navigate the site most stories and information can be found in the main menu on top. The right menu can be used to also access the two main stories and wil show ‘what’s new’. The menu to the left of 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.
I would like to thank 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 into English. Thanks to him this website is in both Dutch and English: choose your language by clicking the little flag on the left.
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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Zaandam, September 2017