HAIFA (May. 22)
Israeli seamen in large numbers have been volunteering for service on any “test ship” which Israel may send through the Suez Canal, it was learned here today as tension mounted over the uncertainty connected with the enterprise.
It was reported that enough Israeli seamen had volunteered so that not only a “test ship” but an entire convoy could be manned for the perilous voyage. The captain and crew of the Bat Galim, last Israeli vessel to try to navigate the Suez Canal in September, 1954, who were thrown into an Egyptian prison for a year and mistreated during their confinement, have volunteered to take the “test ship” through.
(A report to the Daily Mail of London today said that arrangements for the voyage to test Egypt’s intentions had progressed to such a stage that foreign correspondents were being chosen to make the trip.)