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Re: Mystery ships at Beirut July 1939
Posted by: david asprey (IP Logged)
Date: July 27, 2018 07:04PM

re POTSDAM
Southampton was her regular port of call on NDL's service to the Far East. Detective-Sergeant Nicholl of the Shanghai police, returning from leave, boarded on 23/8 at Southampton. In an interview in September at home in Dundee he said that there were about 200 passengers, of which sixteen were British, the others mostly German and Austrian.

"When two days out, in the southern Bay of Biscay, we discovered that the ship was travelling NNW instead of due south for Barcelona, fist port of call, where we were due on August 26th.

The liner made so many deviations that the passengers were unable to tell in which direction they were traveling. Eventually it was ascertained by ship's time that the Potsdam was 30 degrees west of Greenwich several hundred milesoff the west coast of Ireland and travelling due north.

For another whole day we struck ENE round the coast of Scotland to a point just south of Iceland, isolated from all shipping. There we encountered fog banks. without showing a single light the liner was in the fog banks for 2 days. Then we were told that the ship was making for a friendly port.

Here it was noticed that the colour of the Potsdam's funnel had been changed from fawn to resemble a vessel of the Cunard Line.

On the evening of Monday, August 28 we called at Bremershaven [sic], the port of Bremen. We came ashore the following day and were transported into Bremen. the German passengers were sent to their own homes, but we Britishers were ordered to return to London."
[Dundee Evening Telegraph - Wednesday, 6 September 1939]



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  Re: Mystery ships at Beirut July 1939 Jerry Asher 03/17/2014 04:28PM
  Re: Mystery ships at Beirut July 1939 de domenico 03/18/2014 06:09AM
  Re: Mystery ships at Beirut July 1939 AliD 07/24/2018 08:58PM
  Re: Mystery ships at Beirut July 1939 paulh 03/18/2014 11:41AM
  Re: Mystery ships at Beirut July 1939 paulh 07/26/2018 05:16AM
  Re: Mystery ships at Beirut July 1939 david asprey 07/27/2018 07:04PM
  Re: Mystery ships at Beirut July 1939 paulh 07/28/2018 07:14AM
  Re: Mystery ships at Beirut July 1939 david asprey 07/28/2018 04:19PM
  Re: Mystery ships at Beirut July 1939 paulh 07/29/2018 06:22AM
  Re: Mystery ships at Beirut July 1939 paulh 07/29/2018 06:22AM
  Re: Mystery ships at Beirut July 1939 david asprey 07/29/2018 11:26AM


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