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TSS OP TEN NOORT at Circular Quay, Sydney

Date: January 1936
Overall: 84 x 139 mm
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Transfer from the Australian War Memorial
Classification:Posters and postcards
Object Name: Postcard
Object No: ANMS0047[155]
Place Manufactured:Circular Quay
Related Place:Jakarta,

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    This postcard depicts TSS OP TEN NOORT at Circular Quay in Sydney.
    SignificanceThis postcard is an important document of the Dutch merchant ship TSS OP TEN NOORT before it was refitted as a hospital ship during World War II.
    HistoryTSS OP TEN NOORT was a 6,076 ton Dutch merchant ship built in 1927 for the Dutch Royal Packet Steam Navigation Company. It was based in Batavia, Java. The vessel arrived in Sydney on 4 January 1936 and berthed at West Circular Quay, departing just over two weeks later on 20 January.

    In 1941, during World War II, OP TEN NOORT was taken over by the Royal Netherlands Navy and was refitted as a hospital ship. The vessel was bombed by Japanese aircraft in 1942 and soon after being repaired it came under Japanese control and was renamed TENNO MARU, operating for the Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Company. In 1944, it was yet again renamed HIKAWA MARU and was still used as a hospital ship.

    The vessel was scuttled in August 1945 at Wakasa Bay. In 1953, the Dutch Government lodged a claim against the Japanese Government for 700 million yen as compensation. The Japanese Government paid about 100 million yen in compensation to the Dutch Government in 1978.
    Additional Titles

    Assigned title: Postcard with a photograph of TSS OP TEN NOORT

    Web title: TSS OP TEN NOORT at Circular Quay, Sydney

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