In the spring of 1941, before the United States had entered World War II, the passenger ship Zamzam was sunk by a German raider in the South Atlantic. Among the Zamzam's 201 passengers were 142 Americans, most of whom were missionaries en route to Africa. The dramatic sinking and miraculous rescue became headline news in 1941.

Kazim, Muhammad. The Sinking of the Zamzam. 1945. Mr. Kazim was one of the few journalists invited by the Egyptian Company for Travel and Navigation to travel on-board the Zamzam around the beginning of 1934. This book was written in Arabic and has now been translated to English by Lucy Shafik, Spring 2020.

On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the sinking of the Zamzam, the 8th and final Zamzam reunion was held on April 15-17, 2016 in Lindsborg, Kansas. Twelve Zamzam survivors attended along with many family members.

There is now a Zamzam Facebook page.

Please note that we now have a menu item on this website called News. It includes the April 2020 newsletter.

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