Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Mine Sweeper Mercuur

The HMS Mercuur is a naval museum in the neighboring harbor of Scheveningen. We didn't have a chance to visit (but plan to in the future). According to this website, it was originally transferred from the U.S. to The Netherlands as part of the Marshall Plan; the ship's original mission was to sweep the dutch harbors for post-war mines.

I know I've said it a million times, but I must say again that it is amazing how ever-present war reminders are here in Europe. Perhaps it is on my mind because we were in France last weekend (will post to our personal travel blog next week). Tomorrow, another reminder from here in Wassenaar.


Anonymous said...

I am not surprised that Europe is filled with reminders of two wars. Those were awful years. I lived through the second one and remember most of the details about it. Millions of mines were planted in the water and in the ground. And unknown quantities of bombs artillery shells were used and how many are still where they fell? It is an endless process made possible by evil people--human beings all-- who somehow get mothers to give up their children to be slaughtered in a their cause. It seems something that even God would weep about.

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Mandy said...

please spare a thought for the people of Sheffield

freelancer said...

Ththank you for the visit. We have the same thing in Bordeaux.