Sunday, 26 August 2012

Question on ship SS Plancius


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Alan Peddell
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I was born in Singapore - I now live in Vietnam.
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Together with my parents and one younger brother aged 2 ( I was nearly 4), we managed to leave Spore on a small ship which took us to Djakarta and then we boarded the ss Plancius which took us to Colombo, where we stayed until the war ended. My father was an electrical engineer working on the Royal Naval Floating Dock. As both my parents are dead now, I would like to have any information regarding the ship that might have taken us to join up with the Plancius. I understand we were delayed from leaving because my father had to assist the demolition of the floating dock, and all other large ships had left Keppel because of the heavy bombing.

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Michael Pether said...

hello Alan,

I have undertaken quite a lot of research on ships which evacuated Singapore during the week before the Surrender and it is very possible you were on the "HMS Scott Harley" a small auxiliary minesweeper which left on 12 February and reached Batavia (Djakarta/ Jakarta) on 15 February. My grandmother was on that ship and it was one of literally only three of four ships which managed to leave Singapore and reach Batavia safely out of some forty plus ships which left on the 12 -13 February 1942.
Most Europeans on board then boarded the "Plancius" to Colombo and then Bombay.

There are a couple of relevant documents I have researched on the "Scott Harley" ( there was no passenger list except one that the captain gave to the Malayan Research Bureau in Australia in 1942-43. However I am reconstructing the passenger list and voyage and am happy to copy my research to you if you would like to contact me on mncpether@xtra.co.nz.

regards,

Michael.

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