Correction: SS Volendam was torpedoed [possibly whilst carrying British children to Canada] but clearly wasn't sunk
I've just been searching for the SS Volendam, the ship my Dad sailed out to the Middle East on in 1941 and have come across your site. In particular I've been reading correspondence on the following page: "From passengeron the Volenda" on which there are several mentions of the Volendam being sunk in 1940.
Well it wasn't actually sunk. She was torpedoed [possibly whilst carrying British children to Canada] but clearly wasn't sunk because she was in service as a troop ship in 1941 when my Dad sailed on her. There are other mentions of her being repaired in North America.
I could do some more digging, and probably will, but I just thought you'd like to know these useful little facts.
You are so right, I have been in Europe and am just back in Melbourne, hence my silence.
When serving as an 18 year old Midshipman in HMAS Australia we actually passed Volendam being towed stern first by a tug after she had been torpedoed.
Thank you for that correction which will be made to the piece on AHOY.
Monday, October 06, 2008 8:51 PM
Looking up the Volendam and came across your letter below. Thought you may be interested in the article at the bottom from the bbc.
All the best
My thanks for adding to the Volendam saga, we will add the BBC piece to AHOY at our URL: Correction: SS Volendam was torpedoed [possibly whilst carrying British children to Canada] but clearly wasn't sunk