When I left off last month, AM274 was patiently waiting at anchor just off Long Island, New York awaiting her turn to make it in to the Port of New York.
She made it in not long after I published that post.
So … to continue with her journey details ~
Stop number nine was in New York. On 13 April 2014 she pulled out of New York and traveled northward into Canadian waters …
Where she made port in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
That was fun for us since that is the port from which she departed North America the first time!
In 1942 when her construction was completed, she (along with her sister Hawker Hurricanes) were sent from Fort Williams (now Thunder Bay), Ontario to Halifax Harbor where they were put aboard merchant ships that were part of the Convoy HX180. That convoy sailed from Halifax Harbor to Liverpool, England where the Hurricanes were unloaded and then sent on to MU13 at Hendon for assembly.
AM274 said “Good-Bye” to the shores of North America once again on 14 April 2014 and in just one week sailed across the Atlantic Ocean.
On 22 April 2014 AM274 made port at Southampton, England.
I had been wondering if she might go to Liverpool from Halifax; but such was not the case on this second, eastbound journey across the Atlantic Ocean. Southampton was the only port she stopped at while along the coast of England.
From England she headed to the west coast of mainland Europe where she made port at the second largest port in Europe ~ Antwerp, Belgium ~ on 23 April 2014.
She left Antwerp on 24 April and began making her way to Hamburg, Germany where she arrived on 26 April 2014. I was surprised to see that she actually made stops at two different docks while in Hamburg! I have not seen her do that at any other city along her route so far!
She left Hamburg on the 27th April 2014 and arrived at her final port, the largest port in Europe, in Rotterdam, Netherlands during the evening of 28 April 2014.
Here she was taken off the “Charles Dickens”, the ship that carried her on this exciting journey. Within a couple of days she cleared customs and was then loaded onto container trucks to travel along her ‘land’ journey to her final destination in Belgium.
On 2 May 2014 the Vormezeele family unloaded both containers of all the parts, bundles, boxes, pallets and fixtures holding the larger components of AM274!
They now have the exciting task of re-assembling the aircraft and continuing on with the restoration to get her airworthy once again.
The Vormezeele family is well versed in the world of war-birds and we look forward to the day they let us know AM274 is ready to take to the skies once more!
We will update their progress as we get the details.