Captains from the Past.
Under this subdirectory you will find a series of biographies of the old Hal Captains. Those Captains who have since departed for their final voyage towards the horizon. This is very much a work in progress and it will take a long time to come even near completion. Most pages only have just a photo as of this moment. Various tidbits of information will be added in the coming periods. The more input and feedback I will receive from my readers, the more I can add to each entry. So please the more you respond, the more I can do.
Please note that I am only listing with captain’s from the long and illustrious past of the company. Not those still in function or enjoying their retirement. That might come later but I would need the individual approval from each and all of them.
I have started with listing those captain’s that I have a photo from. Some captain’s also already have a bio. For others it will starts with snippets that I have collected thusfar. You might find that some names are missing. Either I do not have a photo yet or I do not know of their existence (yet). I am slowly going through the company’s voyage books, musterings books and personell books but that will take some time to complete.
On the right hand side of this page, you will find in alphabetical order the listing as of those names that I am aware off as now. There will be more coming once I get the total voyage listings together off all the ships. Currently I am trying to piece together each voyage made by any ship in the fleet. Comparing that with the Personell books reveals those who only took command during fill on voyages and then left the company before they were fully promoted.
The challenge is that before 1881, there are no voyage books in the archives and the voyage books that we have from later years are not all complete. The company’s archive was flood damaged in the 1950’s and a lot of material was lost then.
As off today, I have the voyages of the ships more or less complete to 1920 and thus still a long way to go.
I have received in the past year a lot of photos from the captin’s relatives and I will start to upload those in the near future. A heartfelt thank you to all who have done so. I will be in contact again.
Updated 21 september 2014
Update 10 Oct. 2014 update. 3 more captains where added to the list:
Capt. D.K Schoo ( 1926), Capt. C.H. Gast (1926) and Capt. G.W.C. Landman (1893)
Update: 12 Oct. 2014 1 more captain added to the list:
Capt. J.H.K Moliere (1926)
Update: 16 Oct 2014 2 more captains added to the list:
Capt. V. O. S Lambert (1927) and Capt. H.K.L. Veldheer (1927)
Update: 20 Oct 2014 1 one captain added to the list:
Capt. V.H. Augspurg (1929)