Born on 30 Aug. 1867 at Nieuw Pekela as son of Roelf Datema and Gerberdina Oldenburger. (a)
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We have no information yet about his schooling or early career, only that he obtained his First Mate’s =r captains ticket in the Dutch System op 08 June 1921
He never joined Holland America but came on the payroll in 1927. The company had a stake in the VNS (Holland Africa Line or United Shipping Co)when it joined a consortium of Dutch Shipping company’s to create a shipping company which would concentrate on Africa. Each company brought in 1 or 2 ships with crew. Through the years regular company crew did fill-ins and some stayed on the VNS ships. It is unknown how the payroll system worked but it is assumed that each participating company paid for the support management of two ships. Somehow Captain Datema ended up on the HAL payroll although he was not a HAL man. In 1931 VNS was more detached for the supporting company’s and from then on his name does not appear in the books anymore. Holland America continued to supply charter ships to the VNS until far into the 1960’s.
The ships had all names ending on Kerk (church) if they were considered cargo ships and ending on Fontein (fountain) if they were considered passenger ships (Such as Klipfontein, Oranje Fontein, Randfontein)
(a) Mr. E.A Kruidhof
(b) Holland America Line archives as held by the Rotterdam Municipal Archives.
While he was on the HAL payroll, his sailing period was listed: (b)
Date: Function: Ship: Wages and/or remarks.
07 Feb. 1927 Captain Schiekerk 625,–
17 Nov. 1927 Captain Koudekerk 625,–
07 Feb. 1928 Captain Koudekerk 650,– wage increase
25 May.1928 Captain Ashore 650,-
13 jun. 1928 Captain Koudekerk 650,–
07 Feb. 1929 Captain Koudekerk 675,– wage increase
22 Oct. 1929 Captain Ashore 675,– illness
07 Feb. 1930 Captain Koudekerk 700,–
01 Jan. 1931 Not longer in our service.