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“Memories of the JVO”
The night the JVO almost Went Down
My father came up the idea of migrating early in
1959. Even though he owned a cigar shop in The Hague, he
found that the future of a family with seven children in the
The Boelen Family on the Java Kade (wharf) just prior to boarding the JVO
As for me, I worked in the
merchant navy as from 1957, with my first voyage being on a Shell company
tanker. Thereafter I worked as a steward on VNS (Holland-Africa Line) ships
until my departure on the
Migrants going through the formalities of boarding the JVO
bound for their new
and other documents in hand, we boarded the JVO on the 26th of June
JVO seen arriving in Fremantle
We departed Fremantle at 6 pm; the two hours later we ended up in a horrific storm with 15 to 20 meter waves. Portholes were smashed in the aft restaurant on B Deck resulting with almost 1.5 meter of water in the dinning room. Tables and chairs were floating around.
Aft Dinning Room
Up on Lounge deck a huge wave crashed into the
Verandah/Cinema Lounge and most chairs and tables were washed overboard. You
can imagine the utter panic that set in amongst the passengers. The JVO pitched
and swerved so severely, it came to a point, were she could have gone down.
Fearing the worst most passengers wore their life jackets, as we were afraid
that it was to be our last voyage. Tragically, the ships pianist,
The truth is, in all my years at sea I have
never experienced anything like it again. I am grateful to the seamanship of
We arrived in
seen arriving in
Most passengers, including my
mother did not wish to go on to
Once there, I did not stay very long, as in
October 1960, I decided to go to
article in a
Family Passage Ticket
“Blue Water Liners sailing to the
I watched them come, I watched them go and I watched them die.”
“Blue Water Liners sailing to the
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no longer available, due to the author’s old age and chronic illness as
well as being disabled, etc. In the past ssMaritime received well over 140
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Photographs on ssmaritime and associate pages are either by the author or from the author’s private collection. In addition there are some images and photographs that have been provided by Shipping Companies or private photographers or collectors. Credit is given to all contributors, however, there are some photographs provided to me without details regarding the photographer or owner concerned.
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