The ship MV SWARTENHONDT was a ship owned by the Koninklijke Paketvaart Maatschappij, built in Amsterdam in 1924 and had a DW of 4,661 Tons apparently belonging to the larger ships owned by that company.
The exact date of departure from Tanjung Priok Jakarta is at the moment not available but must have been in mid July 1949. Before loading the sarge on the Swartenhondt a Minahasa ritual was performed.
The route to be taken by the shp was: via Surabaya, Makassar, Donggala to Manado. The coffin covered with our national flag, was placed at a special part on deck. Traveling on board of the ship were my mother and the four of us, but also very close relatives to accompany us.
There is an older internet posting that I made many years ago on Geocities, but after Geocities closed down “they” (I do not know WHO they are) luckily saved in Reocities (Thank you for saving my postings ) and thus could be recovered.
Nearly at each port many people were waiting to pay their respects to the person of whom they have known so much. Especially in Makassar where he had so many “supporters” ( NOTE: In the mid- 1949 the Negara Indonesia Timur was still ruling at Makasar and Sam Ratulangie was the “persona non-grata” for van Mook who was the creator of the NIT). Anyhow high officials of the NIT, such as Mr. Soumokil as well as Mr. Anak Agung Gde Agung came to pay their condolences to my mother.
However most of all were our friends and some relatives, but many school children and boys and girls scouts of the Pandu Rakyat Indonesia, the organization where I myself had been a member of in Jakarta.
ARRIVAL at MANADO
It was on July 31st 1949, on 06.00 the Committee was already on site and after landing of the sarge on the quay there was a ceremony by the Pemuda KRIS after which the procession was formed and firstly heading to the site of the Minahassa Raad building .
Upon arrival at Manado Seaport the Manado Tua mountain was already standing there to welcome the home coming of one of his best sons. The sarge was loaded on a boat and tugged to the quay, where an enormous crowd of people were already waiting.
The whole program of the “Atjara Penjambutan dan Pemakaman” I was able to find in the book by Pondaag, “Pahlawan Kemerdekaan Nasional Mahaputera DR. G.S.S.J. Ratu Langie (1968)”. This was good to strengthen my memories of 63 years ago. This program was very well prepared by a committee chaired by Ds. A. Lumanauw.
The whole distance from Manado harbor until Tondano (50 km) was done by foot and it was also requested that when the procession passes a church the the church bells should ring very slowly.
After Sam Ratulangie had become a member of the Volksraad in 1925 – 1927 and in 1930 a new building was established that exists until today:
In this building a ceremony was held consisting remarks by the Chairman of the committee, followed by the Chairman of the Council, City Mayor and representatives of the community (each limited to a maximum duration of 5 minutes). After the prayer by Ds. Kawengian the procession departed towards Tondano.
At several places the procession made halt for instance at the church “Centrum’
Upon approaching Tomohon halt was made at Kinilow to enable people to give flowers and more people joined until the border of the town.
This happened also in Tataaran where the procession was welcomed withe the Kabasaran ritual and singing of gospels. The same happened at Koya and Roong.
Gospels, music and the young KRIS people as well as many community members welcomed the procession.
Until arrival at the “Rumah Tua” (The Old House) where many people were already waiting. Also people from the Umat Islam and the Hua-Chiao-Kung Hui organizations were already present.
The sarge was laid in the old house and the young men of the KRIS kept watch
This was the moment that the “Lost Son” found his way back home, physically exhausted and worn but (maybe) happy to come home after his job was done……