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Germany Completes New Cargo Ship for Israel Under Reparations

The “Galilia,” largest cargo ship yet built in Germany under the Israel reparations pact, slid down the ways here this week-end.

She is named for another “Galila”–a decrepit freighter used to ferry illegal immigrants into Palestine just after World War II. The new vessel was named officially by Mrs. Hedwig Passarge, wife of the Lord Mayor of this port city, who, like her husband, was a political prisoner in a concentration camp under the Nazi regime.

The 4,000-foot freighter will be operated by Zim-Shoham Lines. Scheduled to be put into operation in May, she will carry citrus cargoes to north European ports in season, and West African timber to Haifa the rest of the year. A sister ship of exactly the same dimensions is now under construction here.