|Boatload of warriors serving under my grandfather|
and the Dutch tricolor, in what is now Surinam.
My mother, Hilda van Stockum, added the ID at top.
I visited IJmuiden last month and it is still a busy port for commercial shipping traffic. It is also now a place where you can find excellent seafood restaurants.
Expedition to Surinam
In 1902-03, the Queen of the Netherlands dispatched an expedition to Surinam (what was then called Dutch Guyana) in the former Dutch West Indies. Then-Lt. Bram van Stockum was put in charge of it.
|Bram van Stockum on expedition in|
what is today Surinam. He found the
source of its Saramacca River in 1903.
He wrote a book about the expedition that is based on his journal (Dagboek), and is available to read in Dutch online.
I was just given an album of photos by my sister Brigid and a photo of one of the boats that served under my grandfather is in it.
There are also several photos of my grandfather that I have never seen before. One is of him deep in the jungle on his expedition.
Bram van Stockum seems to have died of a disease that he acquired on an expedition to this Dutch colony. His youngest brother Johannes (Jo) also died of an exotic disease, picked up in Africa.