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Voyages of M.S. BLOEMFONTEIN 1939 to 1944

December 26 2010 at 1:19 PM
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Jacques  (no login)


Response to Re: Fleet movements MS Bloemfontein during WW II, sorry only in dutch

 
Thanks Ate,

The information you provided came as a nice little Christmas present for me!
It fills in a couple of gaps that existed, particularly her movements after war broke out in Europe.

Bob,

I have translated Ate's text into English for my own purposes, so here goes:

The voyages of M.S. Bloemfontein 1939 - 1944

A summary of the voyages made by the ship between 1939 and 1944, compiled by the then Chief Engineer, Mr. J. Bor. This is the only source in existence that precisely indicates the voyages of the ship. To date, there exists no detailed description of the voyages. (Source; Typoscript, Mi 95-0111, Netherlands Shipping Museum and letter dated 25-04-2002 from Mr. C.p.p. van Romburgh, dept. Information Netherlands Shipping Museum).

22nd voyage
Amsterdam-Lisbon-Cape Town-Sabang-Belewann Deli-Batavia-Java Coast Soerabaia.
Departed Amsterdam 23 Nov. 1939, Lisbon 1 Dec. 1939, Cape Town 16 Dec. 1939, Sabang 30 Dec. 1939, Belawan Deli 3 Jan. 1940, arrive Soerabaia 11 Jan. 1940
Total nautical miles 12 921

23rd voyage
Soerabaia-Bombay-Soerabaia
Departed Soerabaia 15 Jan 1940, arrive Bombay 8 Feb. 1940
Total nautical miles 4 701

24th voyage
Bombay via Netherlands East Indies, Philippines and West Coast USA, returning to Bombay
Depart Bombay 10 Feb. 1940, arrive Bombay 13 June 1940
Total nautical miles 29 002

25th voyage
Bombay-Vancouver via NEI and Philippines Honolulu Vancouver
Depart Bombay 15 June 1940, arrive Vancouver 4 Sep. 1940
Total nautical miles 15 656


26th voyage
Vancouver via Philipppines, NEI to Basrah.
Depart Vancouver 13 Sep. 1940, arrive Basrah 29 Nov. 1940
Total nautical miles 15 671


27th voyage
Basrah via NEI, Honolulu to Vancouver
Depart Basrah 30 Nov. 1940, arrive Vancouver 10 Feb. 1941
Total nautical miles 15 021


28th voyage
Vancouver via Philippines-NEI-Bombay.
Depart 14 Feb 1941, arrive Bombay 24 April 1941
Total nautical miles 14 690


29th voyage
Bombay via NEI, Manila-Los Angeles
Depart Bombay 3 May 1941, arrive Los Angeles 5 July 1941
Total nautical miles 14 155

30th voyage
Los Angeles via Honolulu, Philippines-Soerabaia
Depart Los Angeles 14 July 1941, arrive Soerabaia 6 Sep. 1941
Total nautical miles 12 488

31st voyage
Soerabaia-Los Angeles
Depart Soerabaia 27 Sep. 1941, arrive Los Angeles 31 Oct. 1941
Total nautical miles 9 802

32nd voyage
Los Angeles via Honolulu-Suva-Brisbane-Soerabaia
Depart from Los Angeles 11 Nov. 1941, arrive Soerabaia 11 Jan. 1942
Total nautical miles 10 543

Note: six days after departing from Honolulu, Pearl Harbor got bombed!

33rd voyage
Soerabaia via Wellington-San Francisco
Depart from Soerabaia 28 Jan 1942, arrive San Francisco 4 March 1942
Total nautical miles 12 855

Note: Converted to troop transport


34th voyage
San Francisco via Port Vila-Papeeta-Panama-Newport News
Depart San Francisco 13 April 1942, arrive Newport News 23 June 1942
Total nautical miles 14 877


35th voyage
Norfolk via Panama-Borah Borah-Wellington-San Francisco
Depart Norfolk 6 June 1942, arrive San Francisco 31 Aug 1942
Total nautical miles 15 899


36th voyage
San FranciscoAuckland-San Francisco
Depart San Francisco 1 Oct 1942, arrive San Francisco 13 Nov. 1942
Total nautical miles 12 273


37th voyage
San Francisco-Auckland-San Francisco
Depart San Francisco 21 Nov. 1942, arrive Auckland 10 Jan. 1943, arrive SanFrancisco 25 Jan 1943
Total nautical miles 14 597

38th voyage
San Francisco-Auckland-Noumea-San Francisco
Depart San Francisco 18 Feb. 1943, arrive Auckland 11 Mar. 1943, arrive Noumea 21 Mar. 1943, arrive San Francisco 5 Apr. 1943
Total nautical miles 13 737

39th voyage
San Francisco-Suva-Noumea-Auckland-Wellington-San Francisco
Depart San Francisco 18 Apr. 1943, arrive Suva 3 May 1943, arrive Noumea 13 May 1943, arrive Aukcland 20 May 1943, arrive Wellington 24 May 1943, arrive San Francisco 16 June 1943.
Total nautical miles 15 075

40th voyage
San Francisco-Tonga Tabu-Noumea-Norfolk Island-Wellington-San Francisco.
Depart San Francisco 28 Jun. 1943, Tonga Tabu 16 Jul., Noumea 24 Jul. Norfolk Island 31 Jul. Wellington 3 Aug. Arrive San Francisco 24 Aug. 1943
Total nautical miles 14 323

41st voyage
San FranciscoNoumea-Esprito Santo-Guadalcanal-Tulagi-Esprito Santo-Noumea-Suva-San Francisco.
Depart San Francisco 2 Oct 1943, arrive Noumea 19 Oct. 1943, Esprito Santo 26 Oct. 1943, Guadalcanal 29 Oct 1943, Tulagi 31 Oct. 1943, Esprito Santo 5 Nov. 1943, Noumea 8 Nov. 1943, Suva 11 Nov. 1943, arrive San Francisco 27 Nov. 1943.
Total nautical miles 14 435


42nd voyage
San Francisco-Port Hueneme-San Francisco-Esprito Santo-Guadalcanal-Tulagi-Russel Island-Guadalcanal-Noumea-Tassataronga-San Francisco.
Depart San Francisco 12 Dec. 1943, depart Huenema 17 Dec. 1943, depart San Francisco 20 Dec. 1943, depart Esprito Santo 6 Jan. 1944, depart Guadalcanal 8 Jan. 1944, depart Tulagi 9 Jan. 1944, depart Russel Island 13 Jan. 1944, depart Noumea 21 Jan. 1944, depart Guadalcanal 27 Jan. 1944, arrive san Francisco 12 Feb. 1944.
Total nautical miles 15 567


43rd voyage
San Francisco-Port Huenema-Pearl Harbor-San Francisco.
Depart San Francisco 25 Feb. 1944, arrive Port Huenema 26 Feb. 1944,
Arrive Pearl Harbor 5 Mar. 1944, arrive San Francisco 18 Mar. 1944.
Total nautical miles 4 772


44th voyage
San Francisco-Noumea-San Francisco
Depart San Francisco 30 Mar. 1944, arrive Noumea 15 Apr. 1944, arrive San Francisco 5 May 1944.
Total nautical miles: 11 924


45th voyage
San Francisco-Port Hueneme-San Francisco-Morobi-Manus Island-Morobi-Milne Bay- Sydney-San Francisco.
Depart San Francisco 16 May 1944, arrive Port Hueneme 17 May 1944, arrive San Francisco 21 May 1944, arrive Morobi 11 Jun. 1944, arrive Manus Island 15 Jun. 1944, arrive Morobi 28 Jun 1944, arrive Milne Bay 30 Jun. 1944, arrive Sydney 9 Jul. 1944, arrive San Francisco 30 Jul. 1944.

In total, a distance of 332 861 nautical miles.

Afterwards another voyage of 17 200 nautical miles took place (according to a hand written note on the typoscript) although not closely described, makes it a total of 340 061 nautical miles which is 15 ¾ times around the world.

Other voyages of M.S. Bloemfontein:


Ronnie van Drongelen
After completing the training, we received 14 days leave. Just had I received a message that the Bloemfontein on which my brother Anton worked as a cooks mate would visit Norfolk. I asked my captain if I may spend my leave there to visit him. I got this answer; You will see enough of him, the Bloemfontein will take us to India, look for another place to spend your leave! Of this I naturally knew nothing and spent my leave in New York. Our ship departed on 11 Dec.45 in company of six other cargo vessels with materiel such as weapons, tanks, vehicles etc. We arrived 15 Jan. 1946 in Singapore. Via Malakka to Soerabaia and served at the 2nd Infantry, nursing and arming. With the Volendam we came back to Holland on 26th January 1948.


The Bloemfontein thus made the following voyage:
11-12-1945 depart from Norfolk
15-10-1946 arrive at Singapore

In the newspaper of 26-08-1946 stood the following:
Yesterday morning at seven o clock, the M.S. Bloemfontein with 950 evacuees from Australia arrived in Schiehaven at the terrain of Rotterdamsche Lloyd. At 9 o clock disembarkation began. Most arrived at their destinations yesterday, thanks to the good care of the service for repatriation. Particularly on board, the numbers of sick fell. They are cared for by the community medical service.

Regards and best 2011 wishes to all!
Jacques




 
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