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June 15 2015 at 5:22 PM
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nuyt  (Login nuyt)

Response to A very big THANKYOU Jacques; so I wonder……….


Not wishing to steal Jacques' thunder I can tell you the route taken was to head to Australia through one of the Eastern straits (so they headed east from TP). They had sailed for two days without any problems. No mention of Bali or a ship's name.

But this report is slightly different than the one posted above as it is based on the second hand report by a Dutch Navy officer who heard the story from Meijer in captivity. It would be worthwhile to verify KtZ Moerman's official report. Note that this is a different Moerman than the Captain of the Augustina!

I took note of your remark earlier that it may not have been a DD at all. That's a good line of thinking, I'd say. At Tarakan the KNIL coastal artillery mistook large IJN mine sweepers for "cruisers", so mistaking a minesweeper for a DD by a civilian crew is not unthinkable.

This message has been edited by nuyt on Jun 15, 2015 5:25 PM

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