Zamzam was the name of a 500 foot-long Egyptian steamer of which carried freight and a limited number of passengers. When Zamzam left New York March 20, 1941 she carried six men from Wilson, North Carolina: Ned Laughinghouse, Paul Burton, Harry Cawthorne, James Smith, W. A. Johnson, and Thomas D. Miller sailing to Rhodesia. Four weeks into their journey on April 17, Germans onboard the ship Tamesis fired on the vessel. Passengers aboard Zamzam were picked up by the crew of Tamesis before being transferred to the prisoner ship Dresden. The Dresden sailed for France where prisoners were offloaded, sent to Portugal, and finally departed from Lisbon June 14 bound for America.