It was on that morning our ship the British warship the Colony class 6" gun 8,000 Ton Cruiser HMS Mauritius (The CO Capt Lord Ashbourne)was berthed in Haifa( soon to become Israel in a few hours) We were soon to leave in a hurry in the midst of sniping from on shore.
I am privileged to say that I was on that last British ship to leave the British mandate of Palestine on the eve of that country becoming the state of Israel.
HMS Mauritius and its crew had been involved with the so called infamous 'Exodus' business, The boarding of illegal immigrant-carrying ships - heading for Palestine.
The larger of these ships were the 'Pan York' and 'Pan Crescent' which were boarded January 1948 each carrying 7,000 souls on their way to a better life from war torn Europe, Unfortunately the infrastructure in the promised land according to the ruling British was far too inadequate to deal with such a large intake of arrivals.
The allocation of 1,000 per month was the settled arrangement, although a few sneaked in undetected - these people were then sent on a first come first served basis from the thousands of hopefuls incarcerated on the island of Cyprus. but of course most people know all about these happenings. well some do. I actually communicate with a friend who was a eight year old child on the 'Pan Crescent', Hi there Izzy Dave, talk to you soon.
VEST DAILY GAGGLE. "Been there done that"
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