Haganah 1

118 & 118a. Haganah — Balboa

type: str
Departed Sète, France, 20 Jul 1946, and Bakar, Yugoslavia, 24 Jul, arrived 29 Jul 1946

ex-Balboa, ex-HMCS Norsyd, built 1943, 980 tons, former Canadian corvette

2678 passengers

Built as the Canadian corvette Norsyd. Manned by American volunteers. First group of refugees were members of Jewish organizations and wives of servicemen who sailed from Sète, France, and were transferred at sea west of Crete by motor launch, 30 persons at a time to Biriah (No. 119). A new party of 2678 was picked up at Bakar, Yugoslavia. This was the largest group yet, including 150 children under 10 and 150 expectant mothers. Ship was found at sea with engines broken down with no electricity. Taken in tow to Haifa by British destroyer Venus. Served in Israeli Navy until 1955 as Haganah.

Name: The Haganah was the Jewish Defense Force which later became the Israeli Army.

Photograph source: Haganah Archives

Name Haganah 1
Voyage Number
Flag Panama
Gross tons / Year Built 980/1943
Sailing Date 20 Jul 1946
Country of departure France
Arrival date in Palestine 24 Jun 1946
Result of voyage transferred
Number of immigrants on board 1108
Organizer of voyage

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