John DeBardeleben writes:
"My grandfather (John Frederick DeBardeleben 1904-1988) was the Chief
Radio Operator on the S.S.Bessemer City from 1927 until at least 1929. I donít
have a picture of him taken in uniform, but the attached was taken about that time.
He wrote many very detailed letters home about the voyages he was on and life on
the ship, he kept all of these in a sort of notebook which I have. One letter was
written on the back of the Thanksgiving 1929 menu and it was on Isthmian letterhead.
I donít know how long he sailed since the letters end Christmas 1929. He had an
interesting life in radio working for one of the Houston networks and later for
the FCC in DC. During WW2, he worked in South America (Peru in particular) using
radio detection to try and break Nazi spy networks."