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Bob Visser’s postcard of the MS Jagersfontein
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My wife, Tjik and I, as well as my two
daughters Cunera (6 years) and Carmen (4 years) as well as son Roland (2
years) boarded the Holland Africa Line ship, MS Jagersfontein in
The two ladies, with black coats & one waving, on the front left, are out mothers
My wife’s brother is standing closest to the ship in a grey coat
This is one of our Baggage Room labels, but was accessible during the voyage
We were very lucky because we were upgraded to
a large First Class cabin, courtesy Mr. Ian Smith of
I remember as the ship departed
Early the next morning we arrived in
A 1965 Sailing & Fare Schedule
Provided by: timetableimages.com
The next two days were rather miserable for
many on board, due to stormy seas on the
Our children from left to right: Cunera, Carmen and Roland during Boat/Life Drill
Apart from the Rhodesians who I
already mentioned before, we made friends with an employee of the Holland
Africa Line, being a Mr. George Wustefeld, and his wife Leny and their three
daughters who were much the same age as our children. They had spent their 6
months “tropics” leave in The Netherlands and were returning to the
Another delightful person we met was a Mr.
Troostwijk (I am sure that was his name). He was a retired trader from
Our on board circle of friends was also mage up of the ships doctor, and the wife of a Rhodesian farmer who was travelling alone with her daughter, and these are the special people that I will always remember from this voyage, even though I may not remember all their names.
In the evenings there was a variety of entertainment, including races, which we as passengers partook and it was a lot of fun and laughter. Dancing was always popular, as well just enjoying a drink with your friends in the lounge or bar.
There were always games in the lounge at night, and it was a lot of fun!
Whilst on board we celebrated two festive occasions, Christmas and New Year and if you have never enjoyed such occasions at sea you just have to go on a cruise to experience it, it was a wonderful and such a festive experience!
Above and below: Our Christmas menu, containing fellow passengers autographs
Little Cunera was not overly impressed with Santa
Our next port of call was
Here am I enjoying our arrival at
From there we sailed south and on the 27th.of December, crossed the Equator when there was a great ceremony with King Neptune and some of those who had never crossed it before received their punishment and were covered with all sorts of slops. But it is a great time and everyone enjoyed it greatly!
Its time for fun and frivolity at the Crossing of the Equator ceremony
The children on board all enjoyed the fun of the ceremony
This is part of the certificate presented to myself, written in Dutch of course
Now we were in warmer waters we spent more and more days our on deck enjoying the pool and playing various games. However, the children simply loved the pool and in the morning it was their allocated time in the pool. Most mornings Mr. Troostwijk would also join us, as well as a group as other children.
The children enjoying the ocean views and are about to have a swim
Myself and the children in the pool
This is Mr. Troostwijk and our as well as some other children, poolside
A charming shot of Cunera and Carmen out on deck
As we continued hugging the
African coast we soon passing close by
Postcard of the MS Jagersfontein seen in
From the author’s private collection
We certainly have a most pleasant memory
of our voyage on this fine ship and as a result, established a
very good relationship with the Holland Africa Line. After living in
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