168. Altalena — Altalena
Departed Port de Bouc, France 13 Jun 1948, arrived 22 Jun 1948
ex-LST-138, built 1944, 1820 gross tons, former landing ship
Irgun ship with 930 passengers & arms, beached at Tel Aviv during truce. Ship was attacked by Israeli Army over confusion as to disposition of armaments aboard. Ship was abandoned on fire. Menachem Begin boarded the ship when it arrived.
Name: Altalena was the pen name used by Jabotinsky in his youth.
Note: Altalena is not an Aliyah Bet ship but listed for information purposes.