Sixth voyage

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November 1941, Gourock

Early in November 1941 we left the Clyde to form our convoy which consisted of a number of middlesized passenger liners fully loaded with people…

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December 1941, Durban

PK: Although Adriaan Kik speaks of Capetown, I cant find any evidence Abbekerk was there at that time. The whole convoy went to Durban and…

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January 1942, Singapore

At long last we arrived in Singapore where there were already a few ships. This arrival I can remember quite well. When I stepped on…

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February 1942, Oosthaven

While we were still there, there was a very large number of bombers that flew over at high altitude, this time in the opposite direction,…

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– February 1942, Tjilatjap

After arriving there we found the harbour brimful of ships. Large freighters, a couple of small passenger ships and a number of Navy vessels of…

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March 1942, Fremantle

None of the hundreds of refugees in the holds of our ship had any idea that when they put down their tired heads at night…

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March 1942, Bunbury

After the cargo was unloaded at last (thank heaven’s!!) we were directed to Bunbury. Where on earth was Bunbury? Even the most travelled on board…

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April 1942, Abadan

In the meantime the loading had not stopped either. Slowly but surely the ship was filled with timber, with our heartfelt approval because it improved…

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June 1942, Trinidad

After Bunbury and Abadan (where I spent one evening ashore) then to Durban (no shore leave at all) and now to Trinidad. Join the Navy…