Third Israeli Vessel Completed in Germany Under Reparations Pact
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Third Israeli Vessel Completed in Germany Under Reparations Pact

A modern 3,128-ton freighter with a speed capability of better than 14 knots slid down the ways at the Orenstein and Koppel shipyards here today, after she received the name, “Kedmah,” from Dr. Gertrud Luckner, a German Catholic woman who is one of Germany’s most valiant fighters for Jewish rights.

A sistership of the recently constructed “Galila,” the “Kedmah” is 325 feet long, 47 feet wide, and is powered by two 1,470 horsepower engines. Ordered by Zim-Shoham lines, she is the third and last vessel to be built under terms of the Geman-Israel reparations agreement at this shipyard, which was originally founded in pre-Nazi days by two Jews, who gave the yard its name. They were forced to sell out under the Hitler regime and are no longer connected with the firm.