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Karel Doorman to Mediterranean|
The contours of the "Karel Doorman" are disappearing again from the Rotterdam harbor scene for 6 weeks. At 11:45 a.m., the droning whistle of the ship announced that the screws were engaging and the cruise to the Mediterranean starting. Soon the ship disappeared from view, followed by moist female eyes and escorted by an airplane which had already circled around several times as a farewell salute.
Algemeen Handelsblad, November 8, 1950
Well, just a few weeks after the final "greening ceremony" and
the beginning of formal classes (more than 40 hours per week!),
we received our orders for the first "bootjesreis" or training cruise:
to render himself to Rotterdam on November 8, 1950
On arrival, he will without delay present himself to
the Watch Officer of H.M.S. "Karel Doorman".
..........The Commanding Officer
..........H.M.S. "Wachtschip" Amsterdam
...............J.F.A.F. van Best