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SS Israel/Zion

Ally

Deckhand
Two combined passenger- cargo liners, the sister- ships Israel and Zion respectively, commenced building in 1953 under the Reparation Payments Agreement. They were of 9831 GRT each and had a service speed of 17 knots, although the Israel on her trial trip reached a record of 21 knots. Both liners could accommodate 313 passengers each, in addition to their cargo capacity of about 4000 weight tons. Both vessels were fully equipped with all necessary passenger facilities such as bars, smoking rooms, sport decks, swimming pools, children's playrooms, hairdressing salons and a gift shop. The four passenger decks were served by an elevator, quite a unique feature in vessels of their size. The Israel and Zion came into operation in 1956 and 1957 respectively. The two new combined passenger- cargo vessels were able to carry, during their eight yearly scheduled voyages, about 10,000 passengers per annum. She was sold to Empresa Insulana de Navegacao as Angra do Heroismo in 1966.

Zion was built for ZIM Lines in 1956. She was built by Deutsche Werft in Hamburg, as part of Germany's reparations to Israel after WW2. She operated on the Haifa to New York service, with her sistership the Israel. As built, Zion was 9855grt, 152m long and carried 312 passengers in two classes. She was powered by steam turbines to give a speed of 19 knots, through a single screw. Zion was sold in 1966, becoming the Portuguese Amélia de Mello, of Sociedade Geral de Commercio.

Amélia de Mello was sold and converted to a cruise ship in 1972, reappearing as the Ulysses Line Ithaca. The ship was transferred to the Caribbean as Dolphin IV in 1979. She ran 3- and 4-day cruises to the Bahamas from Miami. Initially she ran under joint management with Paquet, but in 1984, new company Dolphin Cruise Line took over.

Dolphin IV was sold to Cape Canaveral Cruise Line in 1998, for short Bahamas cruises out of Port Canaveral. The service was withdrawn in 2000, and the ship was laid up.
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LeeMiles27

Deckhand
Two combined passenger- cargo liners, the sister- ships Israel and Zion respectively, commenced building in 1953 under the Reparation Payments Agreement. They were of 9831 GRT each and had a service speed of 17 knots, although the Israel on her trial trip reached a record of 21 knots. Both liners could accommodate 313 passengers each, in addition to their cargo capacity of about 4000 weight tons. Both vessels were fully equipped with all necessary passenger facilities such as bars, smoking rooms, sport decks, swimming pools, children's playrooms, hairdressing salons and a gift shop. The four passenger decks were served by an elevator, quite a unique feature in vessels of their size. The Israel and Zion came into operation in 1956 and 1957 respectively. The two new combined passenger- cargo vessels were able to carry, during their eight yearly scheduled voyages, about 10,000 passengers per annum. She was sold to Empresa Insulana de Navegacao as Angra do Heroismo in 1966.

Zion was built for ZIM Lines in 1956. She was built by Deutsche Werft in Hamburg, as part of Germany's reparations to Israel after WW2. She operated on the Haifa to New York service, with her sistership the Israel. As built, Zion was 9855grt, 152m long and carried 312 passengers in two classes. She was powered by steam turbines to give a speed of 19 knots, through a single screw. Zion was sold in 1966, becoming the Portuguese Amélia de Mello, of Sociedade Geral de Commercio.

Amélia de Mello was sold and converted to a cruise ship in 1972, reappearing as the Ulysses Line Ithaca. The ship was transferred to the Caribbean as Dolphin IV in 1979. She ran 3- and 4-day cruises to the Bahamas from Miami. Initially she ran under joint management with Paquet, but in 1984, new company Dolphin Cruise Line took over.

Dolphin IV was sold to Cape Canaveral Cruise Line in 1998, for short Bahamas cruises out of Port Canaveral. The service was withdrawn in 2000, and the ship was laid up.
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Hello! I was hoping you could please help me locate a clearer print of this ship, the SS Israel. My father came to America from Italy on this ship when he was 9 years old. He's a disabled Veteran with poor eyesight so I would like to enlarge a copy for him as a Christmas gift. Any help would be so appreciated! Thank you!
 
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