137. Moledet — San Felipe

type: str
Departed Metaponto, Italy 23 Mar 1947, arrived 29 Mar 1947

ex-San Felipe, ex-Egil, ex-Samuel Gustaf Hermelin, built 1876, 749 gross tons, iron passenger steamer

1588 passengers

Former Swedish coastal steamer. The ship was captured at sea with engines stopped and a heavy list. The destroyers Haydon and Charity (556), minesweeper Octavia (265) and the frigate St. Brides Bay took the passengers off at sea, including many former partisans, before the ship was towed into Haifa by tug.

1023 men, 513 women, 41 children. Passengers resisted deportation to Cyprus.

Name means “Patria” referring to the French ship sunk by the Haganah at Haifa in 1940 (see No. 60, List 1).

Photograph source: Algerine Associates

Name Moledet
Voyage Number
Flag Panama
Gross tons / Year Built 749/1876
Sailing Date 23 Mar 1947
Country of departure Italy
Arrival date in Palestine 29 Mar 1947
Result of voyage arrested
Number of immigrants on board 1588
Organizer of voyage

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