The following exerpts of Ella Buuck's diary were kindly provided by Laura Darnell (nee Zeigler).
Finally on June 29th we saw the Asama Maru coming over the horizon. What a thrill!! We were on the house tops to see it.
Finally the day came when our ship came in. Three times we were put off: first it was to be the 16th, then the 23rd and again we had to wait.
But here we are on the Asama Maru now, sailing for Saigon. What an experience to be taken from an internment camp onto a repatriation ship! Our big baggage went a day ahead ((on the 28th June)). It was examined in the…
We sailed at 6pm ((they sailed at 6pm on the 30th, ie the previous day)).
I couldn’t help but think of all our Stanley friends whom we left behind. They must have felt sad. Their ration having been cut and we are having wonderful food.
We hear lots of stories from the passengers who were interned at Japan, also the folks from North China ports. We now can’t wait until we meet the Conte Verde ((another ship)), from Shanghai, hoping to see the Zimmermanns,…