WWII Veterans Recall Days On Board Old ‘New Amsterdam’

WWII Veterans Recall Days On Board Old ‘New Amsterdam’

Cecil and Stella Renfield shared this note with us regarding their time on board the old “New Amsterdam” back in 1943, when the ship served as a troop ship during World War II. Thanks Cecil and Stella!

As a WWII sailor, “way back when,” I was a passenger on the old New Amsterdam when she served as a troop ship. I was well fed, managing to wangle two sittings for the good food served! As present day “cruisers.” my wife (also ex WWII Wrns.) and I hope to take a trip on the new Nieuw Amsterdam when she comes down this way to Australia.

Back in 1943, aboard Troopship New Amsterdam (that’s the way it was spelled then), I was so sunburned, I was more than once herded in with the Italian prisoners-of-war being carried on board. Sorry darling, but I don’t possess any pictures, just memories. Kodak box cameras were rare in those days.

Best Wishes,

Cecil and Stella Renfield


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  1. Mike Lowe February 10, 2020 at 7:28 pm - Reply

    My father was on the new Amsterdam as a ww11 soldier. He crossed the Atlantic and landed in England. Later , my father found out the ship was sunk by a German submarine.

  2. Lorna Flynn May 14, 2021 at 10:45 am - Reply

    Father crossed from England to Utah Beach on a ship called the New Amsterdam after D Day. Just discovered his letter home writing about it once war in Europe was over.

  3. WAYNE WILSON September 19, 2021 at 10:10 am - Reply

    I was on the ship in 1943 when we left California stopped in New Zealand,
    Australia, Ceylon, and up the Red Sea to Port Said in Egypt.I was on this ship
    for 43 days. I was assigned to a gun crew that worker a six inch cannon
    mounted on the fan tail, cannon was never fired.

  4. MERRAN HOOKWAY December 2, 2021 at 11:15 pm - Reply

    I have recently found a book with a hand written note to my father who was a doctor, relating to a trip on the New Amsterdam Sept 1943. Is there anyone who can throw a little more light on this particular voyage? I suspect the note was written by a nurse as she refers to “the boys” so this might be a team of medicos…..I would be really intrigued to find out more.

  5. J BLAKEY January 16, 2022 at 3:06 pm - Reply

    My Dad, a Royal Marine sailed from Liverpool to Australia in April 1945 on the troopship Nieuw Amsterdam. He then joined his ship in Sydney and joined the Pacific fleet until VJ day.

  6. Grant Hodgson April 11, 2022 at 10:40 pm - Reply

    My father sailed on this ship from Wellington, NZ on 26th June 1943 for Egypt. He was in the 2nd Ammunition Supply Corps of the NZ Army.

  7. Bob Lewis April 12, 2022 at 10:11 pm - Reply

    J Blakey wrote on January 16 2022 about their father sailing from Liverpool to Australia in 1945…
    my dad was in the Royal Nay and also on that voyage and joined the Pacific Fleet and ended up in Japan for VJ day! My dad was a gun layer and was asigned to the 6″ gun crew at the stern of the New Amsterdam. He retuned to the UK via Sydney on the Georgetown Victory troopship and was shipwrecked off the coast of Northern Ireland in 1946 – and survived.

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