Re: HX-300 - missing ship 167 ships not 166
Posted by: Olaf Evertse
Date: March 18, 2006 08:13AM
This was a great surprise to me! Reading about the convoy passage of HX-300 on board of the Dutch s.s. Curacao!
My father sailed on this ship as an engineer since 1941 when he boarded in Halifax.
This ship was the former German s.s. Vancouver of the Hamburg America Lines that was confiscated by the Dutch Navy on May 10 1940 in the harbour of Curacao. After repairs she sailed to Halifax. From here she sailed to the U.K. in her first convoy (HX-119).
The s.s. Curacao ship survived the war and was later sold to the Holland America Lines and was renamed in s.s. Duivendijk.
According to my fathers diary the s.s. Curacao arrived at Montreal on July 10. At Montreal the crew of the s.s. Curacao visted the Dutch Princes Juliana and her three childeren. This visit took place one of the platforms at the trainstation when she was on her way form Ottawa to Cape Cod.
The s.s. Curacao sailed again on July 22 from Montreal and arrived at Sydney on July 24.
On July 28 she sailed in convoy from Sydney with destination Glasgow. Arrived at Glasgow on August 8 and sailed on August 23 to Gourock Bay. On August 25 she sailed in convoy ON-250 to New York.
The name of the master of the s.s. Curacao was Meynderts.
If you was more details about the s.s Curacao you can always contact me.