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Re: Vessels: Tegelberg, Toba, Soedoe

February 28 2010 at 11:29 AM
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Hi Melmoth,

Tegelberg departed Tandjong Priok on February 12, 1942 for South Africa and was escrorted through Sunda Strait to a position about 200 nautical miles SE of Sunda Strait by Hr.Ms. Valk.

Source: L.L. von M√ľnching "De Nederlandse Koopvaardijvloot in de Tweede Wereldoorlog", volume 1, 2nd print, pp.85.

Tegelberg loaded about 25 million guilders worth of gold of the Javasche Bank and sailed to South America via Mauritius, Durban and Cape Town. In Buenos Aires, the ship received some war modifications and then sailed to New York. In the early afternoon before entering New York, the ship was shaken up by the explosion of a mine, but the mine didn't cause any damage. The ship arrived on the Hudson at about 10 pm that day.

Source: Ir. H.Th. Bakker "De K.P.M. in Oorlogstijd.

Toba (master: Steendam)was indeed one of the ships leaving Tjilatjap in the afternoon or evening of February 27th. Toba left Tjilatjap in company with Merkus (later lost) and Van Goens, escorted by Hr.Ms. Valk. All three ships steered for Colombo. Only Merkus was lost en route to a submarine.

Source: K.W.L. Bezemer "Geschiedenis van de Nederlandse Koopvaardij in de Tweede Wereloorlog", volume 1, pp. 740.

Soedoe was with Minjak Tanah at Babo (McCluer Gulf) at the time of the Dutch capitulation in early March.

Source: L.L. von M√ľnching "De Nederlandse Koopvaardijvloot in de Tweede Wereldoorlog", volume 2, pp. 120.

 
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