65. Darien II
Departed Constanta, Romania 19-Feb-1941, arrived 19-Mar-1941
ex-Sophia S., ex-Orphir, ex-Pole Star, built 1892, 459 gross tons, former salvage vessel
Organized by Mossad
Darien was obtained to rescue the Kladovo group (No. 54) but the Jewish Agency agreed to turn it over to British intelligence to sink her in the Danube. Mossad agents in Istanbul refused to carry out these orders. The ship was already loaded with 380 refugees at Constanta, then embarked 370 in Varna and sailed on 19 Feb 1941, picking up the remaining survivors of the Salvador at Istanbul. Arriving at Haifa, the passengers were supposed to be deported to Mauritius (see Atlantic No. 61) but no ship was available and they were interned at Athlit.