Captains from the Past.
Under this sub directory 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 the captain’s from the long and illustrious past of the company. There is a sub directory for the current captains and some of my colleagues have graciously consented to have en extended biography to be uploaded. (Some are quite shy and then there is only the company biography) Then there are those enjoying their retirement. Those might come later but I would need the individual approval and thus far I have not gotten around to that part of the website.
Most captain’s have now a photo but not everybody yet. Some captain’s also already have a biography. For others I am still searching and compiling. In the old days before the internet and face book, There was not much of publicity unless you were the Master of the largest ships. And even then some captains were very good in remaining under the radar. 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, mustering books and personnel 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 Personnel 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 1950 and thus still a long way to go. Especially as the current cruise ships generate about 600 cruises a year.
I have received in the past year a lot of photos from the captain’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.
November 2019 update:
Captain de Korver