- Vessel name: God's Mercy
- Arrival: Jun 12, 1980
- Captain: n/a
- Size: UNK
- Use: Passenger
- Onboard when departed US: 0
- Crew: 12
- Refugees: 422
- Total people onboard: 434
- Coast guard remarks: Vessel physically seized. Masters & crew arrested by US Attorney.
Memories from the Passengers
Amarelys Moreno's memory of God's Mercy
I came in the boat clled God's Mercy with my father, mother , brother and 2 sisters I was 5 years old. I remember how scared I was of the ocean still am. Finally found some info my brother has been looking for years for pictures.
Bishop Leo Fraded's memory of God's Mercy
I was one of the priests that brought the God's Mercy with 437 passengers to Key West. The other priest was Joe Morris Doss who wrote a book about the mission. The title is: "Let the Bastards Go" We brought almost everyone on our list, mainly famili (read the rest of this memory)es and we also brought some ex-political prisoners that were left on the list of the people that the Episcopal Church was bringing to the USA. That same year I flew to Cuba and brought 6 full 727 planes with ex-political prisoners with their families.
I recommend the book to all the persons that came on the God's Mercy. I pray for them every day since we arrived on June 12, 1980.
Ofelia Hutchinson's memory of God's Mercy
I was the nurse on board,
I will always remember mothers combing their children's hair as we approached the Key West chores Pride and tenderness shinning on their faces.Bless them all
Madelin Moreno's memory of God's Mercy
I also came from Cuba on June 12, 1980 with my parents brother and sisters, I was 9 years old at the time. I have always wanted to know the ship we came on, but my parents couldn't remember the name. Thru this website I found that it was called God's (read the rest of this memory) Mercy and there's book written about that fatefull day. It's called 'Let the Bastards Go on God's Mercy by Joe Morris Doss. You can find it on Amazon.com.
Carmen Torano Gonzalez's memory of God's Mercy
I was 11 yrs. old when I boarded the God's Mercy. Having always been a nervous child I was probably the only one on the boat who vomited the entire voyage. I barely remember the nurse trying to give me something to eat only to have it turn my stoma (read the rest of this memory)ch. When we arrived in Florida I refused to climb the ladder off the boat out of sheer fear. My parents and brother were also with me. Both of my parents have since passed away but we were able to meet with Bishop Doss at his home in Louisiana. It was an amazing blessing to have my kids, now 19 and 15, meet one of the men responsible for giving me my freedom. I feel so lucky to have shared the experience with my parents, my brother, and my husband. I'm sure all of us who were children remember the trip and still carry scars from the things we saw in Cuba. The memories, scars, and fear have faded but our freedom will never fade. I will always remain grateful for those who risked their freedom to give me mine.
I have never been back to Cuba but remain hopeful that one day in my lifetime Cuba will be a free country. One day the rest of the world will see why our Cuba is never far from our minds and those left behind still haunt our dreams.
Thank you Bishop Frade, Bishop Doss, and crew.
Marina Comas-Gallart's memory of God's Mercy
I was 11 years old when I arrived with my parents on the God's Mercy. My grandparents, who lived in New Orleans, knew the two Episcopalian priests who went to Cuba to pick us up. One of them wrote a book about the ordeal and he wrote one chapter abou (read the rest of this memory)t my father, Jose Luis Comas, may he rest in peace.
I will never forget the trip; it was approximately fifteen hours. The preceding 8 days at "El Mosquito" were pure hell. I saw things no child should ever have to see. To this day, some of those experiences I have shared with no one. It was such a scary time, but it was all worth it and I am forever grateful to have been given the opportunity to live in this great country.
fernando fernandez llorca's memory of God's Mercy
Mi eterno agradecimiento a todos los tripulantes del gods mercy por traenos alos 422 cubanos a la libertad y un abrazo fuerte a todos los que compartimos aque3lmilagroso viaje.
DOUGLAS NIEBLAS's memory of God's Mercy
I came to the U.S. in the God's Mercy. I was 8 years old and about a month from turning 9. I spent most of the trip at the bow with my grandfather while my mother, grandmother, and sister were in a compartment below the bow. One of the memories I hav (read the rest of this memory)e is watching a pair of dolphins who followed us for miles. The ship left Cuba at night and arrived at Key West the following evening. We were told that the reason for the extremely slow speed and long length of the trip is that the God's Mercy was towing two small boats that had broken down.
Bishop Leo Frade's memory of God's Mercy
I would love to hear from the people that we brought on the God's Mercy.
Please email me:
Luisa Yanez's memory of God's Mercy
Hello passengers of God's Mercy. The Miami Herald is writing a story about your ship'
s voyage from Mariel to Miami. If you woudllike to share your story with us,please contact Daniel Shoer at email@example.com. Thank you
ada's memory of God's Mercy
yo recuerdo sali en el monica segundo y naufrago a pocos minutos del puerto del mariel y nos regresaron al siguiente dia nos montaron en el god's mercy a mi y a mi hermana que fueron los unicos familiares que le dieron a mi papa tengo el libro con la (read the rest of this memory) lista de pasajeros y la historia de la trabesia gracias les damos hoy a dios por estar en este grandioso pais
Otto Valdes Gort's memory of God's Mercy
I was 8 years old and I remember the voyage was rough waters. I remember Father Frade stoping to tow boats that were a drift in the ocean. I remember folks sea sick and my father holding on to me with one hand and the boats top railing with the othe (read the rest of this memory)r saying we will soon be in the United States and we will be free. I still have the clothes that I wore on the trip. Father Frade's valiant efforts will forever be embedded in my memory.
Anais Paredes's memory of God's Mercy
I also came on the ship God's Mercy with my mother and father I had just turned 9. My father was a political prisoner. I remember vomitting from the moment i got on the boat. When we arrived to key west it was an incredible feeling of freedom. I than (read the rest of this memory)k God for his mercy on all of us. I also want to give thanks to Bishop Frade and Bishop Doss and the crew.
Some of the people onboard this boat
- CABRERA, NELSON GONZALEZ
- CORZO, YAZMIN GONZALEZ
- CORZO, DAYAMI GONZALEZ
- ALVAREZ, JACQUELIN GONZALEZ
- ALBA, NORA OJEDA
- PAREDES, ANAIS TORREZ
- TORANO, CARLO MACIAS
- GONZALEZ, JUANA DENIS
- HARO, GONZALO HERNANDEZ
- GONZALEZ, CARIDAD DIAZ
- CASTILLO, NELSON CHAVIANO
- TORRES, FELICIA CARVAJAL
- HARO, KATERINA ALBA
- GONZALEZ, FELIX PEREZ
- GUERRERO, MILAGROS V MEDINO
- MORENO, MAILYN VALDEZ
- MORENO, ADALBERTO VALDES
- MORENO, MADELIN BARBARA VALDES
- VALDES, MARITZA VEGA
- MORENO, ADALBERTO CARRAZANA
- ALVAREZ, AURELIO JOSE ALVAREZ
- See the full list