By Jenni Frazer, December 24, 2009
Ike Aranne, the captain of the iconic 1947 refugee ship Exodus, has died in Israel, aged 86.
Tributes have flowed in for the man born Yitzchak Aronovitz in Danzig, Poland. He came to pre-state Israel in 1933, aged 10.
The Exodus set sail at Aranne's initiative and Israel's president, Shimon Peres, described him as not only the ship's captain, but "its spirit, who gave the voyage a special character."