HAIFA (Dec. 29)
The name of a Spanish captain who brought “illegal immigrants” to Palestine during the British mandate was commemorated yesterday during a special ceremony in which a Haifa street was named for him.
The street leading to Haifa Port Gate Number 3 was named “Captain Steve Gate” for Captain Esteban Hernandorene, who was known to the “illegal immigration workers” as “Steve.” Born in Spain in 1905, he died in Haifa last year after serving the Zim lines where his son is now an officer.
Attending the ceremony were Jewish seamen, veterans of the second wave of prestate immigrants, naval officers and Catholic clergymen. The latter took part because Captain Hernandorene had been a Catholic. Poet Nathan Alterman said of the Spanish hero that “we shall yet read songs and poems of this fleet small and grey, and of you, too, Captain.”