126. Palmach — Ariella
Departed Italy 11 Sep 1946, arrived 22 Sep 1946
ex-Ariella, ex-Avvenire, ex-Carlo, built 1906, 235 gross tons, 2-mast wood auxiliary brigantine
Sailed with Albertina. 180 refugees transferred to Palmach at sea, and Italian crew to Albertina. Captured by minesweeper HMS Rowena. Boarding was successful only on the fourth attempt, one refugee was killed. Refugees taken to Cyprus on the Ocean Vigour.
Name: The Palmach was the elite fighting force of the Haganah.