John, Not seeing date I assumed they were for March, April and 1st evacuation, but, with your and Stan’s and other members assistance, a list for the 1stMessage 1 of 7 , Mar 28View Source
John, Not seeing date I assumed they were for March, April and 1st evacuation, but, with your and Stan’s and other members assistance, a list for the 1st evacuation can be compiled in the rough, so to speak and added to as more information comes to light. You are very astute to pick this up, having a keen eye for facts, Stan is putting the list together and Janusz has provided incredible information which will fill in some gaps. Not having all the names of ships and dates, I do understand, creates a big gap in research, the names of the ships are important and I will keep looking, they have to be listed somewhere in some language against some country. They are there; we only have to find them. Amazing how all this has come together from a simple one or two question. Perhaps more members could give names of ships and dates? It is around Anniversary Time for the Exodus of 1942 and the timing of the research could not be more relevant.
I wish this list was for March-April 1942 or there were one like it, Lenarda, but this one is for the August transport and I have never seen a similar one for the first evacuation.
Included in the exciting documents Janusz shared is an appendix that shows there were 17 transports in the March-April session. Unfortunately the ships are not named. It is possible that several ships made several trips just as in the August evacuation.
The quest continues, though Janusz helped with several giant steps forward.
Sault Ste Marie, Canada
From: Lenarda Szymczak <szymczak01@...>
Sent: Thursday, March 28, 2013 5:20:51 PM
Subject: RE: [www.Kresy-Siberia.org] Re: Francis Omylak - Kermine Krasnovodsk Pahlevi Ahwazu Llyda Suez
John, as you can see from the list of evacuation ship on home file at KS, there are two (2) ships names missing, on 20th and 24th March. It would be interesting to fill in the gaps, either all ships stopped on those days, or we do not know which ship sailed.
Very interesting, Frances. It was not obvious to me from the review whether this is about the first (March-April) transport or August transport, though "one of the last transports" suggests the latter. Does anyone on forum have Richard Lysakowski's book "Siberian Odyssey: The Song of the Cornucopia", and can you clear up that question?
This is the first mention I have seen of a freighter named "Baku", though I have not yet fully read a huge draft document that Stan has put together so it may be there. Stan has already done an immense amount of work on this and is still hard at it.
Many reports indicate the Krasnovodsk-Pahlevi crossing took a little over a day, depending on the ship, weather conditions, mechanical problems, etc. So this instance of "three days and two nights" implies problems on this particular trip unless the vessel was exceptionally slow.
Another book for my reading list. Thank you.
Sault Ste Marie, Canada
For John and Stan
Alexandra - thank you for describing your family's tumultuous journey of survival. The Caspian Sea is truly treacherous - and it's hard to imagine how your parents must have felt at the time .... especially after all their horrific experiences.
I'm now adding something I have just found about the length of time taken to cross the Caspian Sea -- (irrespective of the date of leaving)
Richard was on one of the last transports to leave for the port of Krasnovodsk on the Caspian Sea. The ship for the crossing to Persia was a freighter called the Baku. He was very ill and Red Cross personnel carried him onto the ship on a stretcher.
"In the three days and two nights that it took us to travel across a wide stretch of this great inland sea, I was able to get up, eat well, and walk cautiously around the deck. (p. 198)"
From - http://www.derekcrowe.com/post.aspx?id=139 about the book by Ryszard Lysakowski, Siberian Odyssey which has been mentioned on this website in 2002 and 2011.