July 1942

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Cape of Good Hope. Join the Navy and see the world!

3 July 1942. As Abbekerk leaves Durban, there had been no shore leave for the engine room staff … again. After Bunbury to Abadan (where I spent one evening ashore) then to Durban (no shore leave at all) and now to...

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Port of Spain, Trinidad. In too deep

23 July 1942. After a three week journey Abbekerk anchors in the bay of Port of Spain, Trinidad. Idyllic and surreal in crystal clear water, white sand beaches and palm trees on the shore. Blue skies and lovely temperatures. Luckily...