New Photos: Heading Home, November 1945

Posted: April 9, 2014 in Uncategorized

Linda Campbell, daughter of 111th memoir-writer Roland Unangst, discovered another batch of photos her father had taken, which her husband Ken scanned and sent on to us. They are interesting because they are the first photos we have seen of the ship that some of the men came home on: the SS Sea Robin, a Type 3 Class cargo ship like the one the men came over on two years earlier. It was similar to a Liberty ship. The men left from Marseilles, France, on November 13 and landed 11 days later in Newport News, Virginia.

This ship was built earlier in 1945, as were many others like it. Imagine the job the U.S. military had to bring everyone home from Europe that fall. (In the 1950s, we learned, this ship was sold to a commercial transport company, and many years later was involved in an accident in San Francisco Bay, where it sank and leaked fuel for several years.) Here are a few of Roland’s photos. Thanks, Linda and Ken!

Loading the Sea Robin, November 13, 1945, France

Loading the Sea Robin, November 13, 1945, France

On the Atlantic, the SS Sea Robin heading home

On the Atlantic, the SS Sea Robin heading home

Alvin Hamburger on the SS Sea Robin

Alvin Hamburger on the SS Sea Robin

Bunks on the SS Sea Robin, November 1945

Bunks on the SS Sea Robin, November 1945

Barton Keeler and John Andrews, on their way home on the SS Sea Robin, November 1945

Barton Keeler and John Andrews, on their way home on the SS Sea Robin, November 1945

On the train to Marseilles

On the train to Marseilles

Marseilles docks, perhaps?

Marseilles docks, perhaps?

The fantail of the ship

The fantail of the ship

The harbor in Marseilles, France, the port they left from

The harbor in Marseilles, France, the port they left from

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A rough crossing on the SS Sea Robin, November 1945

A rough crossing on the SS Sea Robin, November 1945

The SS Sea Robin, 1945

The SS Sea Robin, 1945

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