157. 35 Giborei Kfar Etzion — Sylvia Starita
Departed Palestrina, Italy 17 Jan 1948, arrived 31 Jan 1948 check
ex-Silvia Starita, ex-G. Carducci, ex-Giosue Carducci, built 1921, 114 gross tons, wood 2-mast auxiliary barkentine
Intercepted off the coast by destroyer Childers with 179 men, 89 women, 12 children, mostly Hungarian or Romanian. No opposition. Taken to Cyprus on the Empire Rival.
Name means “35 Heroes of Kfar Etzion,” referring to the 35 members of Haganah killed near Kfar Etzion in the Judean Hills on January 16th.
Photograph source: Leaning Masts