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Post  CAP on Fri Aug 06, 2010 7:15 pm

The ship was chartered for a return visit to Israel. The outbound passage began on 15/4 as the Easter Passover Cruise, the return was the Silver Independence Day Cruise departing 1/5 for Southampton.

On the outbound leg she called Lisbon before arriving in Ashdod. She spent sometime in port before moving onto Haifa. For the return she commenced again in Ashdod and called at Lisbon before arriving Southampton.

I believe that these voyages sparked an attampt by Libya to torpedo the ship whilst enroute to Israel.


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Re: Assured Travel/Israel Charter 1973

Post  Louis De Sousa on Sat Aug 07, 2010 5:22 am

Captain Mortimer Hehir was the Captain for this charter
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Re: Assured Travel/Israel Charter 1973

Post  Brian_O on Sat Aug 07, 2010 5:33 am

CAP wrote:

I believe that these voyages sparked an attampt by Libya to torpedo the ship whilst enroute to Israel.

President Anwar Sadat revealed details of the Libyan plot a few years later during the Egyptian-Israeli peace talks. At the time of the charter several Egyptian naval vessels including a submarine were on loan to Libya as part of a lybian-Egyptian exchange programme. Colonel Qadaffi ordered the commander of the Egyptian sub to go out and torpedo QE2. The Egyptian commander contacted his superiors in Cairo and Sadat personally countermanded the order and told the commander to sail home to Egypt immediately.


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Re: Assured Travel/Israel Charter 1973

Post  CAP on Thu Aug 19, 2010 12:16 pm

The company that chartered the ship for both voyages was Assured Travel of Worcester Mass.
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