Saturday, 11 August 2018

Dutch auxiliary vessel XV-505 at Balikpapan, Dutch East on 20 February 1947

In 1946 ordered the Dutch supreme commanding officer in the Far East by order no. 62 to investigate the harbours including shipyards in the Dutch East Indies and Netherlands New Guinea. In those so-called Sitraps (Situation reports) was information collected dealing with the available facilities, personnel and vessels/boats. The Dutch East Indies fell in Japanese hands in the Second World War when the Dutch forces surrendered on 8 March 1942 until Japan surrendered on her turn on 15 August 1945. On 17 August 1945 declared nationalistic leaders like Soekarno and Hadda the independence of what was called the Republik Indonesia. The result was a struggle for years before the Netherlands forced by international pressure accepted the Indonesian independence on 29 December 1949.

An item reported the presence of the small auxiliary vessel XV-505 used by the B.P.M. (N.V. Bataafsche Petroleum Maatschappij). for transporting of gravel and bricks. Condition moderate.

Archive Dutch Marinestaf (1942) 1945-1948 inventory number 189, National Archive, The Hague.