Scale, Georg. IN PROGRESS
Georg Scale was born on 06 July 1912 at Breda as a son of Johann Georg Scale ( 1873 – 1947) whose profession was Electrician and Johanna Cornelia Jacoba Quanjer (1878 – 1964) His forefathers came originally from Embden Germany (a)
He decides to go the sea and enrolls on 05 September 1932 at the Kweekschool van de Zeevaart in Amsterdam for the one year course. Which indicates that his secondary schooling included a full course in Mathematics and Physics. His school marks also indicate an affinity with those topics as it were his highest school scores. He completes his education in one year.
His father is then noted as being a “Department Head of the Machinery Company “Breda” in the town of Breda”. He is discharged from the Academy on 11 July 1933 and returns to his home at Hendrikstaat 16 in Breda.
On 17 July 1933 he joins the Holland America Line as cadet officer on board the ms Leerdam. Followed by similar assignments on board the Boschdijk and the Delftdijk. On 07 October 1934 he is dismissed from the company to return to school to study for his 3rd Mates exam.
And obtains his 3rd mates license on 20 Febr. 1935. It is noted that his school and sailing reports are considered as Very Good.
He rejoins the Holland America Line on 03 March 1935 while the depression was still not finished and while he sails, he also spends short periods on the ships while they are in Rotterdam and not sailing. It was a Holland America routine to send the whole crew home after returning from a voyage and then have a “Watch- crew” come on board to look after the ship. This brought some money in the pocket but was not always great fun as in the winter the ships boiler(s) were not always kept on if it was expected that the ship would be alongside for a longer period. No boiler = no steam and no steam means no heat or electricity. Then a cable had be pulled from the shore to get some light on board but this only worked when docked and often the ships were put on the buoys while between voyages.
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Georg Scale as fourth Officer (c) as was customary in those days, if there was shore leave, an officer went ashore in his nice uniform with cap. (ED: I think this photo was taken in Havana) In August 1939 we find him board the ss Spaardam II (Captain Folkert Dobbinga Sr) which was making a voyage from Rotterdam to Antwerp – New Orleans – Tampa – Mobile – Houston – Galveston – New Orleans and then back to Europe.
By that time, the 2nd World War had broken out but the Netherlands were still neutral. That meant that the Ship had to stop in the Thames of the town of Deal; where it was at anchor from 09 October to 18 November awaiting inspection by the British Authorities against contraband. It then docks between 18 and 26 November at Gravesend and is then released with permission to sail to Rotterdam. The next day, while sailing out of the Thames Estuary the ship hits a mine, catches fire and burns out. A cooks mate dies in the explosion which rips through several decks and 3 other crew perish during the lowering of the life boats. The ships drifts ashore and completely burns out due to the cargo of cotton bales on board.
Just before this voyage he marries at Rotterdam on 24 May 1939 Helena Dorothea Jacoba Vlamings (22 Aug. 1915 – 23 march 1973) as daughter of Fransiscus Carolus Maria Vlamings and Jacoba Paulina Bouw.
There were 3 children:
Maria Johanna (Miep) – born 1940
Johan Frans (Hans) – born 1941
Frans Georg – born. 1946
During the war he was stuck ashore as he happened to be on leave when the invasion came. Unknown is what he did between 1940 and 1944. But then he was arrested and sent as “forced labor” to Bielefeld in Germany where he was employed as baker. The German bakers (even the older ones) had by that time being called to join the German Army.
After the capitulation of Germany he was invited to join the US Army (194 th. Glider Infantry) to act as a Translator due to his language knowledge. (A lot of young non-military Dutch men ended up in these functions, coming from the most unusual backgrounds) He had his own car with driver and all sorts of perks with a ration card included.
On 25 July 1945 he returns via Venlo, in the south east of the Netherlands back into the country.
Georg Scale became captain around 1954 when the company bought in short time 11 new cargo ships to rebuilt de fleet.
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Captain Georg Scale passed away on 06 August 1982 in the town of “Loon op Zand” in the province of North Brabant aged 70.
- (a) A Kruidhof
- (b) Stamboek and Movementboek with personal details from the HAL Archives as held by the Municipal Archives of City of Rotterdam
- (c) Mr. Frans Georg (son)
Sailing list: (b)
Date: Function: Ship: Wages and/or remarks.
17 Jul. 1933 Cadet Officer Leerdam Fl 25,–
24 Aug. 1933 Cadet Officer Boschdijk Fl 25,–
03 Nov. 1933 Cadet Officer Delftdijk Fl 25,–
20 Dec. 1933 Wages reduced to Fl. 23.50
07 Oct. 1934 Dismissed for study 3rd mate’s exam
21 Feb. 1935 Passed the exam for 3rd Mates certificate Placed on applicants list
03 Mar. 1935 Fourth Officer Maasdam Fl 92,– Temporary enlisted.
13 Mar. 1935 Fourth Officer Bilderdijk Fl 92,–
15 Mar. 1935 Fourth Officer Breedijk Fl 92,–
09 Jun. 1935 Temporary ashore Fl 92,–
11 Jun. 1935 Fourth Officer Leerdam Fl 92,–
18 Dec. 1935 Fourth Officer Boschdijk Fl 92,–
26 Mar. 1936 Fourth Officer Leerdam Fl 92.—
05 Apr. 1936 Fourth Officer Delftdijk Fl 92,–
17 Apr. 1936 Fourth Officer Edam Fl. 92,–
03 May. 1936 Fourth Officer Beemsterdijk Fl 92,—
15 May. 1936 Fourth Officer Spaarndam Fl 92,–
21 May. 1936 Fourth Officer Beemsterdijk Fl 92,–
24 May. 1936 Temporary ashore Fl 92,–
25 May. 1936 Fourth Officer Rotterdam Fl 92,–
28 May. 1936 Temporary ashore Fl 92,–
04 Jun. 1936 Fourth Office Rotterdam Fl 92,–
06 Dec. 1936 Fourth Officer Volendam Fl 92,–
05 Jan. 1937 Act. 3rd. Officer Volendam Fl 118,–
14 May.1937 Temporary Ashore Fl 118,–
18 May. 1937 3rd. Officer Edam Fl 118,–
23 May. 1937 Temporary ashore Fl 118,–
25 May. 1937 3rd. Officer Veendam Fl 118,–
17 Sep. 1927 3rd. Officer Rotterdam Fl 118,– At New York
01 Oct. 1937 According to new regulation. Fl 132,–
16 Oct. 1937 3rd Officer Veendam Fl 118,– At New York
13 Dec. 1937 Into military service for 6 months.
Then to school for2nd mates license. Was paid 9 days of leave.
10 Aug. 1939 ?? Officer Spaarndam
1945 – 1954 gap
13 Mar. 1954 Captain Arkeldijk 5 voyages to Gulf of Mexico
07 Jun.1956 Captain Soestdijk 1 voyage to East coast USA
09 Jul. 1956 Captain Waterman 1 voyage to New York (tbc)
25 Aug. 1956 Captain Averdijk 2 voyages to Gulf of Mexico
19 Jan. 1957 Captain Averdyk 3 voyages to Gulf of Mexico
07 Sep.1957 Captain Axeldyk 2 voyages to Gulf of Mexico.
01 Jan. 1958 Captain Arnedijk 4 voyages to Gulf of Mexico
13 Sep. 1958 Captain Aardijk 1 voyage to Gulf of Mexico
19 Nov. 1958 Captain Kloosterdijk 5 voyages to Gulf of Mexico
09 Sep. 1959 Captain Arkeldijk NY – Far East
24 Sep. 1960 Captain Amsteldijk 1 Coastal voyage Rdam – Germany
05 Oct. 1960 Captain Aardyk 5 voyages to Gulf of Mexico
13 Jul. 1961 Captain Dinteldijk 3 voyages to Vancouver
25 Apr. 1962 Captain Dalerdijk 1 voyage to Vancouver
17 Sep. 1952 Captain Groote Beer 1 voyage to New York
31 Oct. 1962 Captain Diemerdyk 2 voyages to Vancouver
27 Aug. 1963 Captain Ryndam 2 voyages to Montreal
Sailing periods on Ryndam, Prinses Margriet and Maasdam. Dates still to be confirmed.
10 Oct. 1968 Captain Ryndam long voyage around the world.
No records yet for after may 1969
Retired in 1969 or 1972.
Last updated: 24 June 2021