seeking historical photo: Nederland Lines

Linda van Ekelenburg
20th April 2018, 03:46
Thank you all for this opportunity to help me tell about a ship and her unheralded officers and crew. I have written a book, That Damned Torpedo: World War II Letters, A Dutch Naval Officer, and His American Bride (Geistesblitz Press, 2018).
I am the daughter-in-law of Dirk van Ekelenburg, second officer on the MV Berakit, which was torpedoed at 05:56 on May 7, 1943, by the Japanese submarine I-27, under Lt. Cdr. Fukumura Toshiaki, while in the Gulf of Oman, bound from Colombo (capital of then British Ceylon, today Sri Lanka) to Durban, South Africa. A 6,608 gross ton, 137 m. (450 ft.) cargo and passenger vessel with four Diesel engines, she was built in 1924 in Hamburg and christened the Vogtland. She had been captured in 1940 from Germany by the Dutch in Batavia. After discharging the torpedo, Fukumura surfaced his submarine and sank the merchantman with her deck guns. Four crewmen perished when the Berakit was shelled and sunk, and her captain, Marten Seus Kruisinga, was taken prisoner by the Japanese, in whose custody he died in 1944. The remaining crew and passengers, 73 persons, were rescued on May 10, partly by the SS Ocean Hope and partly by HMS Verbena.
I have contacted, with no response, Maersk, which bought Nederland Lines, which owned the Berakit. There are a couple of nice photos. I would like to have permission to use one on my book's website. Can anyone help me get this permission to publish a picture of the MV Berakit?
Thanking in advance anyone who can help me bring a vision of this Dutch ship to the reading public, I am
Yours very truly,
Linda van Ekelenburg

23rd April 2018, 10:40
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