|Doorman didn’t want to fight the Japanese cruisers and destroyers. He was after the transports crammed with troops. He ordered the destroyers to lay a smoke screen
and took his force to the northwest in hope of finding his quarry. The transports were to the northwest but the allies were dogged by the float planes, which started
dropping flares as the night descended. At one point these flares illuminated both forces and the Japanese renewed fire. However, the range was too great for the allies.
Doorman changed course again to reach the Java coast in order to steam west and locate the transports. At 9:25 PM Jupiter hit a mine and came to a stop. She sank
after four hours in a futile effort to save the ship. The American destroyers left to go to Surabaya to refuel and Encounter stopped to pick up the survivors of
Kortender, which had sunk four hours earlier. There had not been contact with the Japanese in hours, as the Japanese float planes had departed as they ran short of
fuel, so Doorman steamed to the northwest of Surabaya with his four remaining cruisers. As luck would have it, the two forces sighted each other in the bright
moonlight around 1:00 AM February 28. The Japanese altered course to close and at 8,000 launched another salvo of torpedoes. Only twelve had been launched but this
time they were decisive. One hit De Ruyter, which lost power. As Perth and Houston changed course to avoid the dying De Ruyter, Java at the rear of the line took
another of the torpedoes. With both Dutch cruisers dead in the water and burning, Doorman knew he was doomed. His last order was for Perth and Houston to
escape and make for Batavia on the western end of Java. Doorman went down with his De Ruyter and the Java.
The Niko Model Java makes a perfect companion to their 1:700 scale De Ruyter. Made of cream colored resin, common with other Niko products, the Java is in a
waterline only format. The hull casting is loaded with detail from the hull sides to the superstructure, most of which are cast integral with the hull. On the hull sides, not
only do you get the armored belt but also several horizontal strakes running the length of the ship. Those coupled with two rows of portholes and hull side anchor
hawse make for very busy hull sides with far more features than the typical hull sides of World War Two cruisers. The cast on superstructure detail is very striking
because of the ventilation louvers. The Java used louvered ventilators very similar in design to those found in World War One German designs and on the Niko Java
these louvers are very well done. The superstructure that is part of the hull castings includes the first two levels of the forward superstructure, stack base and the first
level of the after superstructure. Additionally the superstructure bulkheads have portholes, doors, bridge windows as well as the ventilator louvers. Between the stack
base and after superstructure there are an additional two free standing louvered ventilators on deck coamings. The forward superstructure also includes a domed
conning tower and the aft superstructure has two small louvered ventilators and two small deckhouses. The deck detail is as busy as the hull and superstructure detail.
The deck panel lines have butt end detail with the butt ending lines running across the deck instead of being staggered. Deck detail on the forecastle and forward shelter
deck includes open cleat fittings, anchor windlasses, anchor chain plates, twin bollard fittings, bases for two of the centerline main guns and a skylight on the shelter
deck. Amidship’s detail include the six main gun bases with three per side, single bollards, three skylights, numerous deck access coamings and four boat chock
fittings. The aft superstructure has the base plates for the Bofor antiaircraft guns with two skylights and a third centerline main gun base aft of the aft superstructure.
There are very delicate deck overhangs found on the forward superstructure, aft superstructure and deck break leading to the low quarterdeck. The quarterdeck
finishes with another skylight, open cleats, twin bollards, main gun base, access coamings and what appears to be a stern anchor windlass.