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Berlin, Richard E., 1894- / Diary of a flight to occupied Germany, July 20 to August 27, 1945.

Rehabilitating steamship Europa,   pp. 55-56 PDF (484.4 KB)

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told that the British, upon their arrival here, killed most of the
We saw the fishing harbor, the largest in Germany.
Bremerhaven was almost wholly demolished by one air raid last-
ing 20 minutes.
We dined with Col. Connor, the Port Commander at Bremer-
haven. He is living with his officers in a large assembly house-
formerly headquarters of the German admiralty. We had an
enjoyable dinner-the steak was served by waiters formerly of
the SS Bremen and Europa. The musicians-all from the German
liners played Viennese waltzes. Due to their ship training, the
servants spoke perfect English.
Rehabilitating Steamship Europa
After dinner we motored out to the basins in Bremerhaven
which are undamaged. Here we saw the Europa, which is being
converted into a troop transport for the U. S. Navy. We went
aboard and made a complete tour of the ship. Col. Skinner, in
charge, tells us that the Europa's engines are in fine order-are
turned over at least once a week. The ship, covered by netting
had been camouflaged to resemble a farm.
We saw the Bremen sunk in a basin, demolished and gutted
by fire. Col. Skinner told us that Capt. Sharf, formerly captain
of the Europa, whom I knew in pre-war days, is working with
him on the rehabilitation of the ship. Every stateroom on the
Europa still carries the German markings of the proposed Ger-
man troop occupancy of each room for the British invasion.
We saw cranes working, one crane unloading a locomotive
from one of our Victory ships, handling the locomotive as if it
were a match-stick. In this port is the largest floating crane in
the world, undamaged; also the world's largest dredge.
A ship-load of German soldiers was alongside the dock, hav.
ing just returned from Norway. They, like all German soldiers,

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