July 1942


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 Trinidad....


Southern Atlantic. Beware of wolves in sheep’s clothes

9 July 1942. Around noon, Abbekerk’s lookout spots a dot at the horizon. A bit later a large warship on full speed approaches Abbekerk, all guns pointed at the freighter. In the Southern Atlantic we were stopped by a British...


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...