!948 May 14 0730. Goodbye Palestine. Zionist leader David Begurion reads Israel's declaration of independance at Tel Aviv as Arab neighbours prepare for war.
"All hands clear the port side of the upper deck" this was the last British command heard by residents on shore at Haifa as the British six inch gun light cruiser7,000 tons the HMS Mauritius under the command of Captain Lord Ashbourne left the Palestinian harbour under fire from snipers ashore whilst leaving most of the pranged berthing wires behind as a momento for the new Govt of Israel; due to take the reins of control under PM David Bengurion at the stroke of midnight, bringing together the Haggana and Stern Gang and resident Arabs in mortal combat which continues to this day. Vest (that's me) was very pleased to be clear of the harbour and heading home to the U/K via Malta and Gibraltar.