Germany Transfers Another Ship to Israel; Built As Reparations
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Germany Transfers Another Ship to Israel; Built As Reparations

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Another 560-passenger ship constructed for Israel through the West German reparations pact, the 10, 000-ton Jerusalem, was transferred to Israel’s national shipping line, Zim, yesterday. Under command of Captain W.Freudenberg, the Jerusalem will start the maiden voyage that will take her to Marseille and, by the end of November, to her future home port, Haifa,

The ship’s first stop will be in Stockholm, where the King of Sweden will board the vessel for inspection. Like her sister ship, the Theodor Herzl, the new liner will be assigned to the express run on the Mediterranean route between Haifa and Marseille, but may carry tourists to South America and the Bermudas on luxury cruises during part of the year.

Built and outfitted at Deutsche Werft, Germany’s biggest shipyard, it sailed from there under the Bonn Republic flag to the international free-trade zone of Hamburg harbor, outside Germany’s national jurisdiction. There the liner was handed over to Dr. A. A. Blum, the chief legal officer of the Israel Purchasing Mission in West Germany. On the maiden trip the first passengers will be immigrants taken aboard at Marseille.

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