Kibbutz Galuyot

155. Kibbutz Galuyot — Pan York

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Departed Burgas, Bulgaria 27 Dec 1947, arrived 1 Jan 1948

ex-Pan York, ex-El Dia, ex-USS Roanoke, ex-El Dia, built 1901, 4570 gross tons, steamer

7557 passengers

The two “Pans” were manned by American volunteers, and brought the largest contingent in two ships totaling over 15,000 persons. The British used all means to prevent their sailing, and the Jewish Agency voted to cancel the sailing, but the chief of Mossad, Saul Avigur, refused. There were over 1,000 children under five, 4,000 unaccompanied older children, and 6,000 youths. 55 doctors were on the passenger list, and six babies were born en route. Organization was carefully worked out. The ships were boarded by agreement by cruisers Mauritius and Phoebe. Passengers could retain their luggage. The ships went directly to Cyprus where disembarkation took four days.

Name means “Ingathering of the Exiles.”

Book: “Voyage to Freedom” by Ze’ev Venia Hadari and Ze’ev Tsahor.

Name Kibbutz Galuyot
Voyage Number
Flag Panama
Gross tons / Year Built 4570/1901
Sailing Date 27 Dec 1947
Country of departure Bulgaria
Arrival date in Palestine 1 Jan 1948
Result of voyage arrested
Number of immigrants on board 7557
Organizer of voyage

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