133. Haim Arlosoroff — Ulua
Departed Trelleborg, Sweden 24 Jan 1947, arrived 27 Feb 1947
ex-Ulua, ex-USCGC Unalga, built 1912, 808 gross tons, former US Coast Guard cutter
Ulua was formerly the US Coast Guard cutter Unalga, and manned by American volunteers. Embarked 664 teenage girls at Trelleborg, Sweden, then took on more refugees in Italy at Metaporto from the Shabtai Luzinsky (No. 136) whose engines had broken down. Plan to name the ship Struma was dropped for political reasons. Intercepted by British ships there was a violent battle until the ship was run aground on the beach south of Haifa, just opposite a British Army camp. Immigrants taken off by lighters and transshipped to Ocean Vigour, Empire Comfort, and Empire Lifeguard for the trip to Cyprus. 632 men, 680 women, 66 children.
Name: Haim Arlosoroff (1899-1933) was a Zionist leader in Palestine whose murder in 1933 had political overtones and has never been solved.
Book: “The Voyage of the Ulua” by Arie L. Eliav