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Filipo, Abraham.

Kapitein Filippo on the Volendam ??

Kapitein Filippo on the Volendam ??

Captain Abraham Filipo was ships Master in the 1920’s and 30’s.  During the 2nd world war he was stuck in Holland and joined resistance work. He was responsible for setting up “De Zeemanspot” a sort of bank that ensured that families of Merchant Navy people could survive. Somehow he managed to maintain a illegal financial network that was never found out by the Nazi occupier.

More to follow.

5 Comments

  1. Beste Captain Albert Schoonderbeek,

    In het zakboekje van mijn vader, steward op de ss Veendam in de jaren 38-40, trof ik i.d.d. de naam aan van kapitein Filippo van 26-8-1939 t/m 9-5-1940. Daarvoor was kapitein v Hemert bevelvoerder. Indrukwekkend was het verhaal dat de ss Veendam te hulp schoot bij de ondergang van het vliegdekschip HMS Courageous op 17 september 1939, 19.50 hrs, 190 miles sw of Dursey Head, Ireland. De Veendam draaide alle reddingssloepen naar buiten, 4 gingen de zee op en pikte het scheepslogboek en 1 drenkeling (die kort daarop overleed) op uit de met dikke olie besmeurde zee. 555 zeelui en vliegers verloren het leven door de aanval van de U-29.

    Het is bewonderenswaardig dat kapitein Fillippo een illegaal netwerk heeft onderhouden ter financiële steun van families van omgekomen of onbekend afwezige zeelui ten tijden van de oorlog. Een held dus!

    • Dank U voor het lezen van mijn blog. Ja tzt komt het hele fillipo verhaal uitgebreid op de blog testaan. De man is kort na de oorlog overleden
      en toen Holland America in de jaren 50 een aantal woon flats bouwde voor hal personeel in Dordrecht, toen heeft men een flat naar de kapitein vernoemd. DE flat is er nog steeds.

      mvg

      Kapt. Albert

    • Who knows when and where captain Abraham Filippo (the man of the “Zeemanspot”) was born and died? Nowhere to find!
      Thanks!
      pnugter@xs4all.nl

      • Captain Albert

        June 3, 2019 at 6:47 pm

        thank you for reading my blog.

        I will post some more details in the near future, as he is one of the captains I have not posted a biography off.

        Best regards

        Capt. Albert

  2. Laurens Van der Laan

    October 22, 2019 at 6:03 am

    Abraham Filippo was born in Leyden, Dec. 6, 1884, joined HAL in Jan. 1903 and was appointed temporary captain of the freight ship SOESTDYK in Jan. 1914. On his return from Philadelphia to Rotterdam in Aug. 6 , his ship was stopped and searched by two English navy ships and thus found that WW1 had started. In Dec 1914 followed his definite appointment. During WW1 The Netherlands was a neutral country, like the United States.
    WW2 started in Sept. 1939 and The Neth. invaded in May 10, 1940. Capt. Abraham’s ss VEENDAM arrived from NY on May 8. During the war – at home- he initiated an ‘underground’ fund called ‘Zeemanspot’ (Sailor’s pool) to support the families of those on ships outside the occupied country. The war ended May 5, 1945 and Capt. Filippo died that year on Sept. 17.
    His ship was requisitioned by the ‘Kriegsmarine’; found heavily damaged and towed back to Rotterdam in Jan. 1946. Her first ‘maiden’ post-war arrival at New York, March 4, 1947, Capt. Pieter Lagaay.

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