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SS Colombo of the Navigazione Generale Italiana, 1917. GGA Image ID # 1d454f413c
Colombo (1917) Navigazione Generale Italiana (NGI)
Built by Palmers Shipbuilding & Iron Co., Newcastle, England. Tonnage: 12,003. Dimensions: 518' x 64' (536' o.l.). Twin-screw, 17 knots. Quadruple expansion engines. Two masts and two funnels. First voyage as Colombo Genoa-Naples-New York, November 1921. Tonnage originally was 10,917. Other Service: Later placed in South American service. Transferred to Lloyd Triestino in 1934. Fate: Scuttled at Massawa, Eritrea, April 4, 1941. Ex-San Gennaro (1921).
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- Colombo (1917) Navigazione Generale Italiana (NGI)
- Passenger Lists
- Sailing Schedules
- Fleet List
- Excerpts from Information for Passengers
- Route Maps, Track Charts, Abstract of Logs
- The New Italian Transatlantic S.S. Colombo - 1921
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1926-04-10 SS Colombo Passenger List
Cabin Passenger List for the SS Colombo of Navigazione Generale Italiana (NGI), Departing 10 April 1926 from New York to Genoa via Palermo and Naples, Commanded by Captain Arturo Romano.
1927-03-16 SS Colombo Passenger List
One Class Passenger List for the SS Colombo of the NGI Steamship Colombo, Departing Wednesday, 16 March 1927 from Genoa to New York via Naples and Palermo, Commanded by Captain Filippo D' Esposito.
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Rare 1925 Brochure From NGI the Italian Line That Features Many Photographs of the Interior Rooms of the Cabin Class. The Ship Is Designed To Carry Both Cabin and Third Class Passengers With a Capacity of 445 and 700 Respectively. GGA Image ID # 1243ffe4b9
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Sailing Schedule, Wesbound from Genoa-Naples-Palermo to New York, from 9 April 1926 to 25 November 1926. Ships Included the Colombo, Duilio, and Roma. SS Colombo Passenger List, 10 April 1926. GGA Image ID # 1e60054906
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The NGI Fleet in Operation (1926), Including Passenger and Cargo Ships. SS Columbo Passenger List, 10 April 1926. GGA Image ID # 1e6040dedb
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Excerpts from Information for Passengers
Meals will be served at the following hours:
- Breakfast from 7 to 9:30 A. M.
- Luncheon _ at 12 Noon
- Dinner at 7. P. M.
The Bar will not be open later than midnight, but it is within the discretion of the Commander to close it during the voyage at any time should he consider this course desirable.
Steamer Chairs and Rugs:—Steamer chairs and Rugs may be rented on board ship for use during the voyage upon payment of $1.50 each. At the end of each voyage, the rugs which have been in use are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected before being used again.
Medical Attendance:—The service of the Ship Surgeon is at the disposal of the Passengers without charge for illness arising on board ship.
Berthing of Passengers:—No alterations can be made except officially through the Purser.
Valuables:—The Company is not responsible for theft of valuables or money kept in the staterooms. Same should be placed in charge of the Purser for deposit in his safe and a receipt will be given on the Company's form. As no charge is made for carriage, the Company accepts no liability for loss or damage, however arising, but Passengers can protect themselves by insurance.
Payments:---Passengers should obtain a receipt from the Purser on the Company's form for any additional passage money, excess baggage, etc., paid on board.
Dogs:—Dogs are carried at owner's risk. Large dogs are kept in kennels on top deck and a seaman takes charge of their feeding.
Wardrobe Trunks:—The attention of Passengers is called to the fact, that owing to the size of wardrobe trunks, it is not always possible to have these placed in an accessible position in Passengers' staterooms.
Libraries:—Passengers will find on board a well stocked library with the best works in English. Italian, French and Spanish, as well as the best American magazines. The library is open from 10:00 A. M. to 11:00 A. M. and from 4:00 P. M. to 5:00 P. M.
Photographic Dark Room:—A Dark Room, fitted with all necessary equipment, is available for Passengers' use.
Barber and Hair Dresser:—The Barber's Shop is located on "A" deck.
Cigars, Cigarettes and Candy:—Same may be purchased in the Bar Room or in the Lounge.
Tourist and Information Bureau:—Passengers are advised that the Company maintains a Tourist Office where accurate information and helpful assistance relative to travel throughout Italy and Europe are at the disposal of patrons.
Railway, Steamship and Automobile Tours:—Passengers may purchase on board their railroad tickets for any destination in Italy or in Europe or arrange for tours by automobile or steamer.
INCLUSIVE Price INDEPENDENT Travel:—The ship's tourist office will cheerfully quote inclusive prices for independent travel to any place and district the Passengers desires to visit.
DESCRIPTIVE Literature:—The Ship's Tourist Office, which is also a branch office of the Italian State Tourist Department, of the Italian Touring Club and of the Swiss Federal Railways, will furnish on application, free of charge, descriptive literature of interesting points in Italy and Switzerland and has for sale at moderate prices guides, books and maps. Passengers desiring the services of the Ship's Tourist Office are requested to kindly apply at the earliest opportunity so as to avoid confusion and enable the attendants to give them the necessary assistance.
Baggage Storage and Forwarding:—The Passengers' attention is called to the unrivaled service at Genoa for the storage or forwarding of baggage to any point in Italy or Europe. Passengers desiring to avail themselves of the services of the Company operating the forwarding or attending to the storage of baggage, will please notify the ship's Travel Office where full information will be given them.
Baggage Insurance:—As the Company's liability for baggage is strictly limited, it is strongly recommended that Passengers insure their baggage whenever practicable, as, in event of loss or damage to baggage, the Company cannot under any circumstances, accept liability beyond the amount specified on the steamer contract ticket. Baggage can be insured at the Tourist Office on board ship.
Passengers' Mail and Parcels:—On outgoing steamers all mail and packages received prior to the sailing are placed in the Passengers' staterooms.
Passengers returning to the U. S. on our Company's steamers, who desire to have their mail forwarded in care of our Company's Genoa or Naples offices, should have same addressed as follows:
sailing per S. S. (date)
c/o NAVIGAZIONE GENERALE Italiana, Genoa (or Naples, according to the port of embarkation).
Mail so addressed will be delivered to Passengers when applying at the respective office before sailing or on board ship.
This applies to ordinary mail only. Registered, insured mail and packages cannot, according to the Italian postal regulations, be delivered but to the addressees. Passengers expecting such mail or packages should therefore make inquiries at the proper postal office at the port of embarkation before going on board.
Mail addressed to incoming Passengers is sent on board ship at Quarantine and is delivered through the Information Office. Mail received after the steamer's arrival in New York is forwarded to the address furnished by the Passengers on the blanks supplied on board. Arrivals at Naples:—The Company's steamers generally reach Naples at about 7 A. M. and Passengers are landed at the Naples dock. Before landing Passengers must show their passports to the Government Officials who board the steamer.
Passengers' baggage is taken ashore to the Customs Baggage Room by porters at Passengers' expense. The tariff for such service is 3.00 Lires for each hand baggage and 5.00 Lires for each trunk. Hotel representatives board the ship and assist the Passengers in clearing the baggage through the Customs and attend to the forwarding of such baggage from the Customs room to the Hotel. Passengers going direct to the Railroad Station will find taxicabs in attendance.
The sailing for Genoa generally takes place at about 3 P. M., thus enabling Passengers to go on a sightseeing tour of Naples and its surroundings.
Passengers may make the proper arrangements for such tours by applying to the ship's Tourist Office.
Passengers going to Rome can take any of the following fast trains from Naples: 10:30 A. M., 2:45 P. M., 6:20 P. M.
tickets for which can be purchased at the Tourist Office on board.
Arrivals at Genoa:—Steamers are generally due to arrive at about 10 A. M. and Passengers land at the Genoa dock. Before landing Passengers must show their passports to the Government Officials who board the steamer. Passengers baggage is taken ashore at Passengers' expense and payment to the porters for such service is made by coupons which are sold at the Information Office at the rate of 3.00 Lires for each hand baggage and 5.00 Lires for each trunk. This tariff applies only for the transportation of the baggage from on board ship to the Customs Room.
Passengers may ship their baggage in transit to any city in Italy or in Europe, arrangements for this purpose being made with the ship's Information and Tourist Office.
Arrivals at Palermo:—Passengers and baggage are taken ashore on tenders at Company's expense.
Customs Regulations in Italy:--The Customs Inspection is made in the Custom Baggage Room in the Passengers' presence. No written declaration is required but the Passengers' attention is called to the fact that tobacco, cigars and cigarettes are subject to duty in Italy and to the necessity of declaring the smallest quantities to the Customs Authorities.
Return Accommodations:—For the convenience of those Passengers who may be traveling from Europe to the United States or from the United States to Europe, and who have not yet made the necessary arrangements, the Ship's Tourist Office will be pleased to radio to Genoa or to New York for any accommodation required.
Westbound Passage:—Passengers holding round trip tickets or orders for westbound passage must apply—not later than the day prior to sailing—at the Company's Office at the port of embarkation in order to exchange their prepaid order or return section for the regular embarkation ticket. Passengers may effect such change by mail, if so desired, at any of the following Company's offices: Genoa, Naples, Turin, Milan, Florence, Rome, Paris, Zurich, Munich, Berlin, Stuttgart and Vienna.
Arrivals at New York:—Passengers are landed at the Company's Piers 96 and 97, foot of West 56th and 57th Streets. When any of the Company's steamers arrive at the Pier after 8 P. M., Passengers have the option of remaining on board over night and landing after breakfast the following morning.
Delivery of Baggage in New York:—Passengers are specially requested to claim their baggage before leaving the Custom's Baggage Room on the Pier, as otherwise considerable delay and extra charge for carriage will be incurred in forwarding to destination any baggage not accompanying Passengers on the Railway.
Forwarding of Passengers:—For the convenience of all Passengers disembarking at our piers in New York, who are destined to interior points, the Railroad Lines out of New York, as well as Steamship Lines for Boston, have representatives on the wharf to meet Passengers and arrange to issue railroad tickets to all points in the United States, Canada and Mexico, as well as tickets to Boston, via steamer. These representatives will also arrange to check baggage from our piers through to destination, relieving Passengers of the annoyance of having to purchase their tickets at the depot or re-check their baggage. Baggage transfer charges from our piers to rail depots or steamship dock must be paid by Passengers.
Public Telephones:—Booths will be found on the New York Piers.
Taxicabs:—Same can be hired at the Company's Piers in New York.
Professional Gamblers:—Passengers are informed that professional gamblers are reported as frequently crossing on Mediterranean steamers and are warned to take precautions accordingly.
Recovery of U. S. Head Tax:—This Tax can be recovered by Passengers, if same has been paid, provided they inform the U. S. Immigration Inspector on arrival at New York of their intention to leave the United States within sixty days (the time prescribed by U. S. Law) and obtain from him Transit Certificate Form 514.
It is also necessary for Transit Certificate Form 514 to be handed to the transportation company when completed, in time to allow same to be placed before the Immigration Authorities in Washington within 120 days of passenger's arrival in the United States. Unless this regulation is complied with, the fax cannot he recovered.
Source: SS Colombo Passenger List - 10 April 1926
Table service in the dining room:
- First Breakfast: From 07:00 to 09.30
- Second Breakfast: 11:00
- Tea 16:00
- Dinner 18:00
Room service is limited to Passengers who have to stay in the room for illness.
Wine list - Wine prices are a list of passengers available.
Room change Any room change in comparison with the place fixed in the ticket must be authorized by the Commissioner on board, who issues a regular receipt of possible price differences paid on the basis of the established rates.
Healthcare - Passengers have the assistance of the on-board medical practitioner, who is completely free of charge for illnesses contracted on board.
Life Belts and Boats - Each room has instructions on how to use the seat belts and the location of the boat in the boat, and passengers are required to take a look.
Values - The Company does not respond to theft if the volumes or money are kept in the room. The Border Commissioner is required to receive the values that Passengers wish are closed in his safe.
In this case the values must be delivered sealed and sealed, making clear the name of the depositor.
The custody is made free of charge and the Company assumes no liability in the event of loss or damage in any case. Passengers may, however, cover insurance.
Baggage Insurance - As the Company's luggage is strictly limited, it is strongly recommended that passengers secure their luggage, since in the event of loss the Company can not accept liability for any amount greater than the one specified in the Ticket passing. Baggage can be secured by purchasing the relevant policies from the Commissioner on board.
Baggage - The large luggage, which can not be placed in the room or in the hallway, will be stored in the spacious and comfortable luggage compartment, which passengers can access from 14 to 18.
Dogs - Dogs are carried at the risk of the master. Big dogs must be handed over to the person in charge, who will guard them in the dog kennel and provide for their nourishment. Under no circumstances will the dogs be allowed to stay in the premises for passengers.
Library - Passengers find on board a collection of Italian and foreign literary works and musical works, as well as printed lists at their disposal.
The library is open from 9am to 12pm and from 5pm to 10pm. The books can be picked up for reading by signing the book. In the event of deterioration or painful restitution the passenger will have to pay the amount.
Deck chairs - 11 seats for rent are L. 50, L. 30 covers and L. 15 cushions for crossing. At the end of each trip, the blankets and cushions are washed and disinfected.
Barber, hair salon for ladies, manicure - A special rate regulates the various services.
Tobaccos, Chocolates and Confectionery - Can be purchased at the 1st Waiter at a special rate available to the passengers.
Perfumes - They are sold by the barber at the rates set by the fare available to the travelers.
Payments - All Payments made by Passengers must be issued by the Commissioner or by the Contractor for a receipt on Company Cell Form.
Correspondence - Letters and telegrams can be sent to the Passengers at the Company's address.
Source: SS Colombo Passenger List - 16 March 1927
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SS Colombo of the NGI Genoa Italian Line. Colombo NGI Genoa 1925 Brochure. GGA Image ID # 12440f043c
Cabin-Class Dining Room. Colombo NGI Genoa 1925 Brochure. GGA Image ID # 124416ebd9
Cabin Class Music Room. Colombo NGI Genoa 1925 Brochure. GGA Image ID # 124436f7d0
Cabin-Class Entrance with Information Bureau on the Left. Colombo NGI Genoa 1925 Brochure. GGA Image ID # 124448cb12
Cabin Class Children's Dining Room. Colombo NGI Genoa 1925 Brochure. GGA Image ID # 12445aa58d
Cabin-Class Smoking Room. Colombo NGI Genoa 1925 Brochure. GGA Image ID # 124462770c
Cabin-Class Single Bed Cabin. Colombo NGI Genoa 1925 Brochure. GGA Image ID # 1244a918ff
Cabin-Class Double Bedroom. Colombo NGI Genoa 1925 Brochure. GGA Image ID # 1245582db7
Another Configuration of a Cabin-Class Double Bedroom. Colombo NGI Genoa 1925 Brochure. GGA Image ID # 1245711b9d
Cabin-Class Sheltered Promenade with Tables and Chairs Set Out for Passengers. Colombo NGI Genoa 1925 Brochure. GGA Image ID # 124581b885
The Other Cabin-Class Dining Room. Colombo NGI Genoa 1925 Brochure. GGA Image ID # 1245878dd6
Cabin-Class Bar with an Open Space and a Piano. Colombo NGI Genoa 1925 Brochure. GGA Image ID # 1245ab02ef
The Other Cabin Class Smoking Room. Colombo NGI Genoa 1925 Brochure. GGA Image ID # 1245b6d4c7
Cabin-Class Verandah Room. Colombo NGI Genoa 1925 Brochure. GGA Image ID # 12460409f1
Cabin-Class Bathroom showing Tub and Sink Fixture. Colombo NGI Genoa 1925 Brochure. GGA Image ID # 124650abd2
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Route Maps, Track Charts, Abstract of Logs
Route Map for Christopher Columbus. Colombo NGI Genoa 1925 Brochure. GGA Image ID # 1246af58cd
Track Chart for the SS Colombo, Genoa-Naples-New York. Colombo NGI Genoa 1925 Brochure. GGA Image ID # 12470747c2
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The New Italian Transatlantic S.S. Colombo - 1921
The Navigazione Generale Italiana has added the S.S. Colombo to its fleet of liners for the Genoa and New York line; it is the finest liner plying between Italy and the USA. The ship has been built in the company's yards at Baia.
The tonnage is 11,500 gross, the length 525 feet, the breadth 24 feet, and the draught 24 feet. The quadruple expansion engines develop 10,500 h.p. and give the ship a speed of nineteen knots.
Every provision has been made for securing safety, including double bottom, the subdivision of the space between the bottoms, a complete outfit of life-saving appliances and lifeboats, and a high-power wireless installation.
The decorations are in Louis XIV style; the saloons, music rooms, smoking rooms, and library are spacious, and the private cabins are large and airy. The second-class accommodation is also exceptionally well appointed and in a pleasing style, with plenty of space in the cabins and on deck.
There is a complete absence of vibration throughout the passenger accommodation. The ventilation is excellent. The Colombo has a capacity for 2,000 passengers. The first voyage will start from Naples on November 19th, calling at Genoa on November 21st.
Ephemera for the SS Colombo are available at the GG Archives, including Passenger Lists, Menus, Brochures, Event Programs, and more.
"The New Italian Transatlantic," in The Anglo-Italian Review: Banking, Commerce, Finance, Vol. I, No. 11, November 1921, p. 195.
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