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Offline WO1RNR

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Re: Dutch Rescue Tugs at Gravesend WWII?
« Reply #7 on: July 19, 2012, 21:40:04 »
You might want to visit the excellent website http://www.thamestugs.co.uk
They have a comprehensive catalogue of information on tugs

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Re: Dutch Rescue Tugs at Gravesend WWII?
« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2010, 21:09:59 »
 There is quite a lot via google.
Roode zee.  torpedoed and sunk by German e boat s100 off Dungeness, 24 April 1944.
a list of those killed (7) @http://www.naval-history.net/xDKCas1944-04APR.htm
Posting a request @http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/ might help.

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Re: Dutch Rescue Tugs at Gravesend WWII?
« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2010, 12:54:17 »
Thanks everyone for the info supplied already.

Here's the message I recieved:-

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Dear Sir, Madam,

Our exhibitionbureau is gathering information about a more or less forgotten aspect of Dutch history.

Dutch 'zeesleepboten' (tugs) played an important role in liberating Holland and the allied forces from Germany. Crews with their ships, fled to England in 1940, to escape German occupation. They joined the Royal Navy to fight the enemy. Often Gravesend is mentioned as a harbour where tugs stayed.

The Dutch tugs rescued, and played a part during D-day etc. The crews, not educated to be a sold
ier, had a hard time. They couldn't go home, as they were part of the Navy.  They had no idea what happened to their family's who stayed behind without any income at all. Many of them had difficult times when they finally made it home after the war. Some of them were even registered as gipsy's at the citycouncils!

In the habour of Maassluis near Rotterdam, there is one 'zeesleper' left. It is a museumship now. This forgotten aspect of shipscrews that were heros in spite of themselves will be subject of a exhibition that we will be making. We don't have a lot of information about the time the ships were in Engeland. So now I give it a try and see what I can find!

We are searching for photographs and other material that may be interesting. Do you have anything about Dutch tugs and their crews? Can you help us? We would be very much obliged if you have photographs of places they frequented, newspaperarticles, anything at all.

Thank you very much
 in advance!

 

Kind regards, Cora van der Veere

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Re: Dutch Rescue Tugs at Gravesend WWII?
« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2010, 20:35:04 »
Warships of World war 11, Lenton & Colledge, lists the following Dutch tugs as taken into RN service.
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                Amsterdam       returned 1945
w o2        Hudson             returned 1946
w 162      Roode Zee        lost 24/4/44
w 156      Schelde             returned 1945
                Thames        returned 1945
w 163      Zwarte Zee         returned 1945
All listed as rescue tugs.

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Re: Dutch Rescue Tugs at Gravesend WWII?
« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2010, 20:01:32 »
The book 'Little ships that saved an army' by Russell PLUMMER lists the small foreign vessels that were involved in Operation Dynamo it also has a whole chapter on Dutch Schuits.
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Re: Dutch Rescue Tugs at Gravesend WWII?
« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2010, 18:32:21 »
Of course you can post the full message, we are happy to help if we can  :)

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Dutch Rescue Tugs at Gravesend WWII?
« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2010, 15:35:31 »
Hi folks

I have received a message from an exhibition company in Holland via my website, About Gravesend, asking if I have any info or pics of Dutch tugs that played an important role in liberating Holland and the allied forces from Germany. These were often stationed at Gravesend.

I don't have anything myself but wondered if I could post the full message on this forum? Perhaps someone might be able to help them or suggest a source.

Will await answer and if ok will post all details.

Thanks
Kent Chaos

 

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