Finally, the Dresden
changed course and headed straight east. The Dresden's captain
admitted he was going to attempt to take the Zamzamers to
German-occupied France. And, in order to get there, he had to go through
waters known as the British Blockade. Enemy action and even death were
likely possibilities, the captain warned, as for seven days and seven
nights the Dresden plowed through dangerous water.
When lights on the coast of Spain
were sighted late on the 18th of May, immeasurable joy and
thanks to God filled the hearts of the Zamzamers. They could hardly
sleep that night. Land was near. They had been on the ocean for nearly
six weeks--ever since their stop at Recife, Brazil. How eager they were
to disembark at the harbor of St. Jean de Luz, France. The long and
dangerous voyage was nearly over!
But, that great joy was soon
marred, as it was learned that only Americans were being taken off the
Dresden now. Non-Americans were to be taken on to Bordeaux and
then to internment as war prisoners. As the news spread, tears flowed.
It was so hard to part from friends who had been through so much
Much more painful,
though, were the separations between husbands and wives, such as a
Canadian husband being sent to prison camp but his American wife about
to be set free. Also, it was learned that the ambulance drivers
group, although they were American citizens, were being taken on to
Bordeaux, as were the Catholic priests and teaching brothers, traveling
on Canadian passports.
The Dresden's voyage was
nearly completed. With God's help, the German freighter, ladened with
precious human "cargo", had slipped through the British Blockade. She
had safely deposited her American passengers on French soil and now
turned toward Bordeaux, France, with the rest of the prisoners from the
The next events in the story are
summarized in "The Rest of the Story".