148. Geulah — Paducah
Departed Burgas, Bulgaria 26 Sep 1947, arrived 2 Oct 1947
ex-Paducah, ex-USS Paducah, built 1904, 916 gross tons, former US gunboat
Former US Navy gunboat, manned by American volunteers. Sailed with the Northland (No. 147) to France and the Black Sea. Embarked her passengers in Bulgaria. 593 men, 528 women, 284 children. Escorted into Haifa by the destroyer Chaplet. Refugees taken to Cyprus on the Empire Shelter and Empire Comfort.
Name means “Redemption.”
Book: “Running the Palestine Blockade” by Capt. Rudolph W. Patzert
Photograph source: LGF Brown