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Two of the
Two of theThree Dutch “Victory” Ships
Sailing on the
I received an interesting email from
Part One -
Myself and a close friend Ancella (Andy) Weinstein, who had just obtained her B.A., and I was between sophomore and junior year, sailed on the S.S. Groote Beer from New York to Rotterdam in June/July 1955. We had a cabin up on the top Deck, which was the equivalent to first class.
There was an interesting group of passengers
on this deck and many are now well known. One of these is a man who was from
1977 to 1981 the National Security Advisor to the President of the
Photographer unknown - *See photo notes at bottom of page
known passenger on this voyage included Professor.
“Zbigniew, Mushka, Hans, Claire, Jane, Andy (her friend) and her played Botticelli every evening after dinner, over a single bottle of wine each time, the question is, “how did we stretch it that far?” The lower decks were filled with groups of people mostly under twenty years old. The crew on board was Dutch.”
Part Two -
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Amazingly when Dr. Wollman
and her friend Andy returned to America on one of the sisters of the Groote
Beer, the S.S. Zuiderkruis in August they discovered that Dr. Zbigniew, Mushka, Hans and Claire
were all on board. Again they played
“On this voyage the Atlantic crossing
took a long nine and 1/2 days, as the ship hit a severe storm. The people on
the top deck did not seem to get seasick, but everyone was tossed about
violently in their bunks at night. The kids on the lower decks were extremely
ill for a few days until the ship sailed out of the storm. Consequently very
few people showed up for meals”.
“Both these were voyages to be remembered for so many reasons!”
Dutch Victory Trio INDEX:
… The history of these three ships.
… Ships – General Photo Album.
List for the
… Here is
another passenger list, but this time for the
… Passenger Dr.
is the story of soldier Frank Lovell who finally returned home, having fought
so many battles during WW2 throughout many parts of Europe on the S.S. Costa
Rica Victory, (later the Groote Beer) in September 1945. The three parts are by
Other Passenger lists currently available online
Passenger List dated 25 April, 1955
View it online
Also S.S. Waterman departed from
“Blue Water Liners sailing to the distant shores.
I watched them come, I watched them go and I watched them die.”
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