British Palestine Passport 1944 of a Hero including border stamp Israel – EXTREMELY RARE!
This is a fantastic and most rare collectible of British Palestine – Israel history! But wait there is also a great story behind this collectible…The passport was issued NOV 1944 in Jerusalem for a SEAMAN. According the passport picture in uniform he could have been a captain or at least an officer and indeed after I did some research I found a document online from THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD, 1961 where CAPTAIN TUVE T.SMOLENSK was honored by REAR ADMIRAL EDWARD J. ROLAND, U.S. COAST GUARD, SEARCH AND RESCUE COORDINATOR, U.S. ATLANTIC MARITIME REGION for his “prompt and highly effective action by your ship and crew”.And further… “THE PERFORMANCE OF YOUR SHIP “SS JERUSALEM” IN ATLANTIC SEARCH AND RESCUE WELL DESERVES RECOGNITION IN THE MARITIME WORLD, AND IS IN KEEPING WITH THE HIGHEST TRADITION OF THE SEA”. This letter can be seen in full HERE!The “SS JERUSALEM” was ISRAELS FIRST MAJOR TRANS ATLANTIC AIRLINER according this website. What a great collectible! Such a great story and early ISRAEL BORDER STAMP in a BRITISH PALESTINE passport! For sure a unique collectible!
“In 1955, my mother and I were passengers on the “SS Jerusalem”, as we sailed from New York to Haifa via Tangier and Genoa, so this brings back memories. I was only 10 years old at the time, but I remember that journey as a kid would…. lots of fun, kids to play with, places to hide, etc. Alas that ship is long gone but I have some old photos and of course, the memories…”“As I remember, it was not a very big ship (though to a 10-year old boy it seemed enormous!), but lots of fun. My mother and I were in the “tourist class” section and had a dingy inside cabin, but I soon found a cute “girlfriend” from First Class, and spent most of the time in her “fancy” part of the ship. The first 2-3 days we were quite seasick, but then got the “feel” of the ship and enjoyed the company as well as the exotic ports (Tangier and Genoa). It took us a little more than 2 weeks to reach Haifa. Later that summer, we flew back to NY on an El Al Lockheed Electra Turbo-Prop. That was another experience! The flight took more than 24 hours, as we stopped to refuel in Athens, Rome, Paris, London, Reykjavik, and Gander, Newfoundland! “
British Palestine Passport 1944 Hero including border stamp Israel