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Offline Bruce Nicholls

Lakonia disaster 1963
« on: Dec 24, 2013, 04:41 PM »
This Christmas marks the 50th anniversary of the sinking of the Greek cruise liner Lakonia ex Johan Van Oldenbarnvelt. It is also the 50th anniversary of my grandfathers death in the disaster.

I knew little of the events apart from the hazy memories of a then 8 year old as I then was. However my posting of a piece about the Belgian ship Charlesville on this site led to me being contacted by Capt Geert De Vriese who was then involved in trying to save the Charlesville. Geert provided me with a lot of information about the events and the part the Charlesville played in recovering and then burial of my Grandfathers body at sea. Most interesting of all were the actual report of Captain Lepas of the Charlesville which Geert very kindly provided having translated them from the original French. Sadly the Charlesville did not make it, sinking in dubious circumstances in May 2013 the Baltic whilst under tow.

None of this information would have been found had I not put the first piece on this site. QE2 may be the real subject, but it is incredible what else can be found here.

https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php/topic,4886.msg55742.html#msg55742

http://www.ssmaritime.com/jvoch8.htm

Offline Chris Frame

Lakonia disaster 1963
« Reply #1 on: Dec 25, 2013, 04:49 PM »
Thanks for sharing your story here. It is amazing what a fountain of knowledge this forum has become!


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Re: Lakonia disaster 1963
« Reply #2 on: Dec 26, 2013, 03:54 PM »
Thank you very much, Bruce, for sharing with us the information about your Grandfather !!
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