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            Follow the advance of the British 3rd Division
            Saturday 01 July 2017

            About Engelandvaarders

            Wim (or in English: Jimmy) Giel was first officer of the Merchant Navy. ​With five others, he made plans to escape from the Netherlands. A lifeboat and an outboard motor were purchased. And they took orange tulips for Queen Wilhelmina in London.

            On April 3, 1941 they left at night. Wim had charted the route on this map and took charge of the compass. 

            England came in sight the following day. The Queen received the flowers and the men got a letter saying that ‘the Queen wishes to pass on her sincere thanks for the beautiful tulips’. They were then invited to report to her.

            Shortly afterwards Radio Oranje announced: ‘The tulips have arrived safely and they are fine’. 

            The sea chart he used during this trip to reach open sea is shown in our exhibition as of today. His markings on it are clearly visible. A second chart, which we received, shows the British coastline and will be presented later digitally. And of course also on this website.
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