Introduction to Lynch Clan

My Lynch ancestors from Ireland came to America in 1848. The group included my Grandfather James Lynch and his five siblings, ages 10 to 18, who sailed without their parents to New York City. Soon they were living in a tenement house in Massachusetts working in a textile mill. From there they gradually migrated west. This blog will contain information gathered by my mother, Hazel Lynch Skonberg from her father, giving details of the trip over and life in America. There is also a diary written by his son, Will Lynch, who was with the American Consular Service of the State Department, and was taken hostage on Dec. 8, 1941, by the Japanese Army who had captured Shanghai that day. I hope you enjoy this blog about the James Lynch family in America.
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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

WR Lynch WW II Diary Days 214 and 215

Ship taking Will Lynch from captivity in Shanghai to East Africa, crosses the equator.  Another death on board--wife of another Consul.   Roselyn

July 9, 1942.  Thursday.  214th Day.
     Sailed from vicinity of Singapore between 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., the Asama Maru leading.
     Never saw Singapore, now called by Japanese, Shonan.
     All glad to be moving again.
     9:00 p.m.  The ASMA is lit up like a High Mass, about a mile ahead.
     Crossed equator in afternoon, my first;  usual certificates by Neptune Rex are being prepared.

July 10, 1942.  Friday. 215th Day.
     Good weather.
     Our route is southerly, to pass between Java and Sumatra.
     Clocks were set back one hour.  Heretofore we've had Tokyo day-light saving time, and it was "cockeyed".
     Another death, Mrs. Roberts, wife of Consul Roberts, Chefoo, China, hailing from Texas.     
     9:00 a.m.  Rainy and squally.  Must be nearing Sunda Straits, between Sumatra and Java.     12:00 Noon.  
     Quite cool.   

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