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.
Cecil and Stella Renfield