Monthly Archive: September 1942

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Just in time. Storm to New York

2 September 1942. Me, the captain and some others were transferred to the Dutch SS Jan van Goyen. We had been picked up just in time: already in the afternoon winds became stronger and around midnight we found ourselfs in...

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New York: ‘Torpedo leave’

9 September 1942. In New York someone had let it be known that a ship with castaways had arrived and that was the reason why a large mobile canteen had arrived on the docks with a foursome of very friendly...

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Abbekerk’s aftermath : the sailors

Adriaan Willlem Kik (Engineer) After his ‘torpedo’ leave he sailed a few voyages on the Shell tanker Macuba en the rest of the war on board the SS Maaskerk (VNS). The ‘lucky’ Maaskerk sailed up and down from England to...

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Abbekerk’s aftermath: the ships

MS Abbekerk Abbekerk was not even three years old when she sunk. She sank not only distance-wise in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. She also sank at the crossing of two tectonic fracture zones: the Charlie-Gibb fracture (east-west) and...