We had to be up early this morning to complete all that had to be done and be ready for leaving at
A reduced convoy set off, for the heavy baggage
trucks had continued to
on the 8th. Haifa
We had difficulty in finding a road to
for the two main roads
have been blown up in local Arab-Jewish tussles. Eventually by going a long way out of the
normal route and even in one place off the beaten track we did get through. Haifa
The Jews where they did not want to close the road near a settlement, “lumped” it so that vehicles could still use the road but were forced to travel at a very slow pace.
|Initially a luxury cruise ship, Samaria carried|
passengers around the world. After serving as a
troopship during the war, she later carried
immigrants to Canada
we straightway handed in
our rifles and ammunition which we were glad to lose, then we joined a huge
queue to receive embarkation cards & mess deck places. Haifa
We collected our small luggage and boarded a landing barge which took us out to the 20,000 ton S.S.Samaria.
Last afternoon we left
behind in a cloudy mist
and turned away from Haifa wondering if it would be
for ever. Palestine
The ship is much larger and better than the one I came out on. We are sleeping in hammocks with our N.C.O.’s all on the same mess deck. We dine with the military personnel in the sergeant’s mess. The food is excellent, better than I have had for a long time.
Last night my friend and I slept on deck in our hammocks
last night. It rained during the night but we were comfortable
in our cover.
This morning we were up by and spent the day walking the decks and reading a little.
The swell has been only very slight but already several of the passengers have been sick.
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