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Letter from A Awunsch to OK Ludwig

Date: 8 January 1939
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Nancy Jean Steele Bequest
Classification:Ephemera
Object Name: Letter
Object No: ANMS0548[006]

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    Letter from A Awunsch to OK Ludwig. Typed letter in German dated 8 January 1939. The letter is to complaint about the tratment of passengers and the food of KPM's fourth class.
    Translation
    • Addressed to Mr. A Awunsch (?), Colonialist, Manokwari, PP Guinea Sender: O. K. Ludwig, on board the SS van Imhoff On board the SS van Imhoff, 8 January 1939 Dear Mr. Awunsch, We are on our way to Batjan. Back at Ternate we went ashore and had some Bamie (?) , but it was hard and not as nice as at Manokwari. We left Manokwari in the evening. I received a [illegible] at Arfei and had rain and wind at Wosi as a farewell. I asked Roetgen at Manokwari if he wanted to wait for the boat to leave before taking my [illegible] on board, but he wanted to cheat me and asked for F0.50 per day, so I told him to go to hell and they are [illegible], too. Our [illegible] helped bring everything on board. The thick rope that I borrowed from you is hanging at our [illegible]. They packed us into 4th class. By now I’ve travelled in all classes with the K.P.M. and find 4th the worst. In the morning you get coffee and dry rice with one sardine, at lunchtime rice with one piece of meat and Lombok [sic!]. In the evening there is rice with a little bit of Sajver and ikan kring, which is so hard it is inedible. There is a brigade of Archbold [illegible] on board with us, and we were lucky to be able to pack 2 extra camp beds. Our spot is near the rowing engine and when it rains, it rains down the stairs and into the bed. Tuinenburg’s roof is nothing by comparison with this. As far as raining in is concerned, I mean. Anyway, all the sail cloths leak and even the wooden deck leaks badly, so it’s high time they move the Imhoff to [illegible] duty. Thank goodness the journey doesn’t take forever. Penker (?) tells me that we are to receive some more money. Could you please have it transferred to Batavia? Thank you very much in advance. Best regards, K. Ludwig

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