As a father and son sail their yacht in a coastal area of shallow creeks, islands and sandbanks, they pick up de body of a young man drifting in a half-deflated lifejacket. Resuscitation fails, and after they have called the lifeboat to take the body away, they are ordered to the port of Harlingen to be interviewed by the Border Police. That same evening a mysterious young woman visits their boat, asking after the drowned man.
|A suspect encounter in the fog|
This is a short introduction to my new novel Het Transport, which is expected to be published in Dutch next October, by Palmslag Publishers, who also published The Batavian. The title of the English translation is The Cargo.
One of the sources of inspiration for the book is a 120-year-old spy story: The Riddle of the Sands, by Erskine Childers, a British-Irish yachtsman and author, who sailed his yacht Asgard to the German Frisian islands and the Baltic during the years prior to the First World War.
|Erskine Childers and his wife Molly sailing Asgard in 1910|
1976 shipping news
Meanwhile I have added a new chapter to my seafaring memories: a six-month voyage in a tramp ship, made in the mv Amstelpark in 1976. I was on board for nearly seven months and the journey took me halfway around the world.
|A stormy Atlantic crossing|
Read more on my website.