Sommelsdijk (3)

Jan Hendrik
3rd May 2005, 14:09
Built in Odense Shipyard, Denmark in 1939.
Survived a torpedo attack on Christmas day 1944, in 1954 renamed into Sommelsdyk (from ij to y...)and scrapped in 1965
GRT 9227
The picture here already had the change of name ....dyk

Sister to Sloterdijk (2) which was also built in Odense.

Doug Rogers
3rd June 2005, 06:21
Biggish ship for her time, good lines though and probably very lucky to have survived the attack in 1944. Nice one!!.

meltech
28th July 2006, 11:04
Built in Odense Shipyard, Denmark in 1939.
Survived a torpedo attack on Christmas day 1944, in 1954 renamed into Sommelsdyk (from ij to y...)and scrapped in 1965
GRT 9227
The picture here already had the change of name ....dyk

Sister to Sloterdijk (2) which was also built in Odense.

My father left some photos of a ship in Rotterdam harbour, with a fire in No.1 hold. The name is difficult to read, but it could be Sommelsdyk. The photo may have been taken in 1939 or 1940. The ship got away from Holland before the Germans over ran Holland, so it is unlikely that the fire was caused by the bomb attack on Rotterdam. Can you or anyone shed some light on this. If there is some interest, I may try to copy the photos and post them, but they may not be very sharp.

Jan Hendrik
29th July 2006, 00:22
Will go through my files mid Sept as currently holidaying, hopefully somebody else may be able to help here in the meantime.
Jan

treeve
29th July 2006, 14:37
Have a look at ....

http://unofficial.net/hal/line6.html

meltech
20th August 2006, 00:38
Enclosed the promised photos of the older Sommelsdyk on fire in Rotterdam. On reflection, the photos may have been taken in the '20s. Sorry for the the quality of the shots, but these are now getting on for 70 years or more.
Regards, John M.

CVB
13th September 2006, 18:43
Sommelsdijk (1907) burnt out at Rotterdam 22 April 1910.

CVB

john shaw
13th September 2006, 18:48
here's another pic at a rather increased speed

raypv3
22nd March 2007, 14:58
My Granddad was aboard this ship when it was hit by a torpedo. Amazing that you have a picture of it. He did survive the incident. After his death we found his diary from the war were he recounted the events. Thanks for having a photo of her here!

R58484956
22nd March 2007, 15:53
MV Sommeldijk 9227 tons built 09/1939 by Odense Staalskibsvftved. AP Moller, Odense. 472.5 x 62.3 x 34.4. 2 B&W diesels bult by B&W Copenhagen.
2 double ended boilers @ 100 psi. DF, ESD. Registered Rotterdam, Dutch flag.
Code flags PHPR. Owned by Holland Amerika Lijn

karennc
28th March 2012, 20:19
Sommelsdyk survived a torpedo attack on Christmas day 1944 in Leyte. My Daddy was on this ship when it was torpedoed. He survived the attack. I remember him telling this story when I was growing up. He said he would always remember the smell (of burning flesh). He passed away in 1994 and I will always remember the stories he told about the War.

Whisper17
29th December 2013, 20:06
My wife's father was a US Marine during World War II, and he boarded the Sommelsdijk in San Diego, California, in January 1944. He had just finished Marine training at Camp Pendleton. He was on the Sommelsdijk for 17 days as it cruised to New Caledonia where he disembarked. He went on to fight on Peleliu and Okinawa islands. He is still alive at 89 years old.

Stephen J. Card
29th December 2013, 20:17
About time you got your dad on a Holland America Line for a cruise!

Best New Year to you and family and thanks for the remember great old ships of HAL.

Stephen