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Moledet

Moledet

 

No. of registry:

M. S. 123 

L. R. No.: 5239022

Port of registry:

Haifa

Date of registry:

1961

Call Sign:

4XXN

Previous Names:

-

Year Built:

1961

Built By:

Ateliers Et Chantiers De Bretagne - Nantes

Type:

Passenger / Cargo

GRT:

7810

NRT:

3828

DWT:

2104

LOA: (M)

126.65 

Breadth: (M)

19.89

Draft: (M)

6.45

Eng.:

Pielstick. 2 eng. 4 strokes, single action, 9 cylinders each eng. 6390 BHP. /4767 kW.  Controllable pitch propeller 

Built by:

Nantes - Ateliers Et Chantiers De Bretagne

Speed: (Knots)

17

Owners:

"Zim" Israel Nav. Co. Ltd.

Deleted from Israeli registry:

28.9.1970

Scrapped:

1988

 

 

The ship was built in order to sail as a single class ship on popular tourist runs. Despite this, her interior was similar to other "ZIM' passengers' ships. There was one dining room, a separate dining room for children, 2 recreation rooms, cinema, a beauty parlor, swimming pool and synagogue. She could accommodate 594 persons.

 

"Moledet" ("Fatherland") sailed on regular voyages in the Mediterranean, between Haifa and Marseille, occasionally calling Genoa and Naples. She was very popular during her service with "ZIM". On the 28th of September 1970 she was sold to "Epirotiki Line", renamed "Jupiter" and hoisted Greek flag. For years her previous Hebrew name was distinguishable on her bows and on the stern, under coats of paint. Her first voyage under her new name and flag started on the 7th of May 1971. In 1976 she carried 61 beauty Queens, candidates to the title of Miss Universe, on the cruise on the Aegean Sea, before the final contest. On the 21st of October 1988 at 1830, while leaving Piraeus for a study cruise on the Mediterranean, with school children, the ship collided with Italian ship "Adige", who was about to enter the port. "Moledet" - "Jupiter" was heavily damaged on her port side, between the amidships and aft, and she sank within 40 minutes. 4 persons lost their lives.

 

The ship's wreck mark (Wk.) at 50 meters depth in position N37º 55'.5 ; E023º 36'.5, about 1.1 mile south-east of the eastern breakwater of Piraeus, on British Admiralty chart No. 1596 (Piraeus), marks the resting place of "Moledet".  

 
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