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Israeli Luxury Liner Launched; Will Run Between New York and Haifa

The launching of a new Israel 23,000-ton luxury liner, the S.S. Shalom, at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique Shipyard at St. Nazare, was reported here today. The vessel, which will be delivered late next year for service with the Zim-Israel Navigation Company of Haifa, will be the largest in Israel’s merchant fleet.

The liner, which will be used on the regular New York to Haifa run, will carry 1, 984 passengers and a crew of 450. It will be 629 feet in length and will have a cruising speed of 20 to 21 knots.

The vessel, which will be equipped with stabilizers to prevent rolling in heavy seas, will be air conditioned. It will have 10 decks, three swimming pools, a theater for stage shows, a motion picture theater and an internal television system.