No announcement yet.


  • Filter
  • Tijd
  • Show
Clear All
new posts


    I am a "new boy" on this Forum - and I do not speak Dutch - so please forgive me if this topic might more appropriately be posted elsewhere on this Forum.

    I am a retired publisher and set up my own publishing house to publish a book about HMS VENOMOUS, the destroyer on which my father served in the war. And I am continuing to research the story of HMS VENOMOUS and publish new information on my web site at:

    On the 15 May 1940 VENOMOUS picked up the 46 passengers and crew of the Dutch lifeboat ZEEMANSHOOP somewhere near the Goodwin Sands.

    It is a fascinating story and you can read about it at: ... shoop.html

    At least three of the "Engelandvaardders" on the ZEEMANSHOOP are still alive: Loet Velmans is 88, Karel Dahmen is 92 and Marien de Jonge is 99.

    They have all helped me tell the story of the voyage of the ZEEMANSHOOP.

    And I am now researching the lives of all 46 passengers and crew of the ZEEMANSHOOP and telling their stories at: ... rders.html

    Can anybody on this Forum help by putting me in touch with others who are still alive (some were children in 1940) or adding fresh details to my account of the voyage of the ZEEMANSHOOP?

    Bill Forster / Venomous
    Holywell House Publishing

  • #2

    I read the stories you placed here Bill, and think they are very interesting and complete!


    • #3

      Thank you, Gert.

      But I am still hoping to receive further details of the Engelandvaarders and refugees who left Scheveningen aboard the ZEEMANSHOOP.

      And the article in SCHAKEL, the newsletter of the Society of Engelandvaarders, may help. I am told that it will be published next week.

      I do have one specific query but am uncertain where to post it.

      See: ... tml#Dahmen

      --------- snip
      The 18,000 crew members (6,000 from the colonies) of the nine hundred ships of the Dutch merchant marine lost far more men than the Dutch Navy and half the fleet were sunk.
      ----------- end

      Can anybody tell me whether this statement about losses in the Netherlands merchant fleet during the war is accurate?

      Or were the true figures less than given here?

      Holywell House Publishing


      • #4
        Onderstaande email ontving ik van Bill, die ik hier integraal plaats:
        I am attaching one of the striking photographs taken by Lt Peter Kershaw RNVR on 15 May 1940 of the passengers of the ZEEMANSHOOP on the deck of HMS VENOMOUS.

        The sergeant in the Marechaussee in his knee high leather boots and steel helmet is easily recognisable walking towards the photographer.

        It is a full page in A HARD FOUGHT SHIP published in May.

        The new edition is a big heavy book with 484 pages and very expensive to post abroad from the UK.

        But the Book Depository have reduced their price by 29% and they supply post free world wide.


        I do not know how they do it as I am the publisher and have not reduced my price in the UK!

        They are a reputable supplier so if you have already bought the new edition please let your friends and family know about this offer.

        Which may just as quickly be withdrawn.

        Bill Forster
        Holywell House Publishing

        Zo'n boek voor €33,45 franco thuisbezorgd. Voor de liefhebbers ongetwijfeld een mooi aanbod dat ik hier gaarne met jullie deel.
        Bijgevoegde Bestanden
        "Try and leave this world a little better than you found it" [Baden Powell]
        "Verbeter de wereld, begin bij jezelf"... [algemeen]
        ..."maar stop daarna niet en help ook een ander op weg!" [Paul Joosten]


        • #5
          Venomous schreef Bekijk Berichten

          Can anybody tell me whether this statement about losses in the Netherlands merchant fleet during the war is accurate?

          Or were the true figures less than given here?

          Tijdens de Duitse inval op 10 mei 1940 bevindt het grootste deel van de Nederlandse koopvaardijvloot zich buitengaats. Daarnaast weet een aantal schepen uit Nederlandse en Belgische havens aan de bezetter te ontkomen. Zo blijft ruim 90 procent van de handelsvloot uit handen van de vijand. Dit zijn 647 zeeschepen, 109 kustvaarders, 49 zeesleepboten en 38 vissersvaartuigen. Daar komt nog een dertigtal, voornamelijk Duitse, schepen bij dat bij het uitbreken van de oorlog zijn toevlucht zoekt in Oost- en West-Indische havens. De schepen zijn bemand met zo’n 12.000 Nederlanders en 6.500 bemanningleden met een andere nationaliteit, voornamelijk Nederlands-Indiërs, Chinezen en Laskaren (Brits-Indiërs).
          De verliezen in de oorlog zijn zwaar. Ruim 400 schepen gaan verloren en meer dan 3.400 mensen laten het leven, onder wie duizend Nederlanders.

          During the German invasion of May 10, 1940, the largest part of the Dutch merchant fleet is offshore. In addition, a number of ships from Dutch and Belgian ports can escape the occupier. More than 90 percent of the commercial fleet remains from the enemy's hands. These are 647 seagoing vessels, 109 coasters, 49 ocean going tugs and 38 fishing vessels. There are thirty more, mostly German ships, who seek refuge in East and West Indian ports at the time of the war's outbreak. The ships are manned with some 12,000 Dutch and 6,500 crew members with a different nationality, mainly Dutch Indians, Chinese and Laskaars (British Indians).
          The losses in the war are heavy. Over 400 ships are lost and more than 3,400 people find death, including a thousand of Dutch people.

          Bron: Vergeten helden.
          Vriendelijke groet, Hans.

          "Om de kracht van het anker te voelen moet men de storm trotseren". (Pas als je iets ernstig meemaakt, weet je op wie je kan vertrouwen).