Cogedar Line MS Aurelia and the; Jacoba Ris-Török Story
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The Jacoba (Terry) Ris-Török Story
MS Aurelia is seen around the 1960
This photograph is from the author’s private collection
Please note: All personal photographs on this page are the property off and © copyright 2007 by Yvette Meijer, daughter of the late Jacoba Meijer, nee Ris. These are NOT to be copied by any means or for any purpose and legal action will be considered. These are used by ssMaritime with permission. Photographs of the ship are from the author’s collection or other sources. Other images are as noted!
Note by the author of ssmaritime. Usually I receive stories by those who have sailed on various migrant ships and I often rewrite them slightly. However, this time I have decided to let the daughter of the passenger concerned do the telling, as she did such a fine job and I feel it makes for interesting reading and it is a story that touches the heart in so many ways and I know that there are those that will be able to identify with it!
“Jacoba Ris was born in Schiedam The Netherlands on May 23 1936. In the fifties she met Lajos Török who was an engineer
at the famed Wilton Feyenoord Schiedam Ship Yard. He
had come to The Netherlands along with many of his countrymen as a refugee from
the political situation in
In September 1960 mum
resigned from her job at De Kuyper, distillery in
The blond Jacoba Ris-Török is seen standing at the railing astern of the ship in a long grey skirt and dark top
“Some of the
ports of call were Bremen, Naples, Messina, Malta, I recall telling me how the
Gulf of Biscay was so rough and how most passengers were seasick. Obviously
then there was
Voyage Photo Album
Aurelia - from the author’s private
MS Aurelia - from the author’s private collection
& Below: Aurelia spends the day in
Aurelia’s departure from
Typical scene along side the ship at
Jacoba looks at the ship that has brought her half way around the world, but she would join Aurelia again two years later
looks on as she arrives in
having a new husband and now being in a strange new far away country
“Upon arrival, Lajos and my mum managed to find accommodation in Rosebay,
This happy shot was taken at Taronga Park Zoo, Sydney
the marriage did not last very long and my mum decided, that now she was on her
own, it was best for her to go back home to be with her family, thus she saved
for a year to be able to buy a return ticket. Whilst in
MS Aurelia is seen departing
“Here is a funny story, on one of the photo’s you will see mum dancing with a blond gentleman who still owes her money. She used to tell the story until the day she died. Apparently he had run into some misfortune and my mum, being rather naďve and not too well off herself, bought the story and when he asked for it she lend him the money. He promised that he would return it once they were back ashore. I have no idea what his name or nationality is, but, these days a woman may not fall for his kind of story as quickly as mum did, or would we?”
Voyage Photo Album
A typical shipboard lounge scene, all dressed up and, off course - champagne
The perfect gentleman and a charming lady enjoying the ball
He looks such a nice guy, but was obviously a conman who was more than willing to take Jacoba’s money and run!
Fun in the sun!
Jacoba is seen at the left
“My mum returned
to her normal way of life in The Netherlands obtaining a good job with “
Betty and Ted Rappel, with the then 26 year old Yvette Meijer in the middle
my mum passed away 2 years ago on July 30, 2005. I have tried to get to make
contact with Lajos Török
once when I visited
Daughter of the late Mrs. Jacoba Meijer.
MS Aurelia & Cogedar Line INDEX:
Page One: MS Aurelia – history page - This page.
Page Two: The Bulthuis Family Story.
Page Three: MS Aurelia - Photo Page.
Page Four: Jacoba Ris-Török Story.
Also read: Other Cogedar Line ships …
MS Flaminia - The Old Cogedar Liner.
RMS Media / SS Flavia - The last of the Cogedar Ships.
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