“Oh it was hard.”

The writing. The writing. So good.

Still on Part One of Ship of Ghosts, “On Asia Station.” Admiral Tommy Hart has just been replaced as commander of the Asiatic Fleet because, at 64, he is thought to be too old (80 years later, we had Trump, followed by Biden — LOL)

He has a farewell dinner with his colleagues at the Savoy in Bandung, Java and writes in his (3,000-page) diary that night, “Oh it was hard.”


  • The next day he was driven to Batavia in a battered sedan for transit west. He was last seen in Java standing alone on the pier in Tanjung Priok, Batavia, wearing civilian clothes, awaiting the arrival of a bomb-damaged British light cruiser to ferry him home.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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