K I M
left: Assignment Card
as crewmember of "Karel Doorman".|
right: Page in my journal showing two of the 12(!) deckplans of the "Karel Doorman". (top): flightdeck, (bottom): gallerydeck)
text deals with: my last day on leave in Amsterdam (still sick with high fever due to smallpox-injection) and my train-trip to Rotterdam where I boarded the Doorman late at night and slept in a hammock.
Entry of 11/11/1950 states that I start to be a sailor and enjoying life, which I cannot say about the previous day...but to start at the beginning, we departed Thursday noon after inspection by Vice Admiral Willinghe and escorted by some seven airplanes, a.o. two Seafuries, one Firefly, two private sportplanes, one unknown model and the "Seaotter" which we ...(next page) once out at sea, hoisted aboard with enormous exertions.
We had a mere 8 Seafuries on board, as well as 13 Fireflies
and one SeaOtter. Most of them were actively used while we
sailed by Cape Bone and the island of Pantellaria and through the
Straight of Sicily, where
we met and signalled to several passing ships,
including the Dutch passenger vessel
"Willem Ruys", and the U.S. Aircraftcarrier "Coral Sea", with a measly
139 planes, including 100 jets..
On Friday morning Nov.17, we reached our first port, the spectacular "La Valetta" on the historic island of Malta.
(see right for a plan of the harbor and its occupants)