Monday, August 18, 2014

The voyage of the Zeemanshoop from Scheveningen to England on the 14-5 May 1940

A story by Bill Forster: Holywell House Publishing Co
Scheveningen is one of the eight administrative districts of The Hague and is best known today as a modern seaside resort with a long sandy beach, an esplanade, a pier, and a lighthouse which is especially popular with visitors from Germany. It had always been a fishing village (its coat of arms consists of three crowned herrings) but the fishing boats were beach launched until the large harbour was constructed in 1904. On the 8 May 2014 I visited Scheveningen to see the place where where the voyage of the "Zeemanshoop" began. The present day lifeboat is moored in the same position as the "Zeemanshoop" in 1940 and it was easy to imagine the scene as the students hijacked the lifeboat and set off for England with 46 men and women aboard in calm weather but overladen and with a temperamental and unfamiliar engine... Lire... More on this piece.
- Scheveningen Holland
- The Voyage of the Zeemanshoop Tuesday 14 - Wednesday 15 May 1940
- The story of the Zeemanshoop