MS Italia Archival Collection

Italia (1872) Anchor Line

Built by Robert Duncan & Co., Port Glasgow, Scotland. Tonnage: 2,248. Dimensions: 306' x 34'. Single-screw, 11 knots. Compound engines. Three masts and one funnel. Iron hull. Launched: July 24,1872. Services: Various routes. Sale: Sold to Italians in 1898. Subsequently scrapped. Sister ships: Alexandria, Assyria, Castalia, Ismailia, Olympia and Trina cria.

Italia (1889) Hamburg-American Line

Built by Armstrong, Mitchell & Co., Newcastle, England. Tonnage: 3,564. Dimensions: 344' x 43'. Single-screw, 11 knots. Triple expansion engines. Two masts and one funnel. Accommodation for steerage passengers only. Renamed: (a) Milano (1889), (b) Tenedos (Deutsche Vevante Line). Sale: She was later sold to Turkey and converted to auxiliary cruiser. Fate: Sunk in 1915.

Italia (1903) Anchor Line (British)

Built by D. & W. Henderson & Co., Glasgow, Scotland. Tonnage: 4,806. Dimensions: 400' x 49'. Single-screw, 14 knots. Triple expansion engines. Two masts and one funnel. Service: Mediterranean-New York. Passengers: 20 first and 1,400 third. Final voyage to New York in 1919.

Italia (1905) La Veloce Line (Italian)

Built by N. Odero & Co., Genoa, Italy. Tonnage: 5,203. Dimensions: 393' x 47'. Twin-screw, 15 knots. Triple expansion engines. Two masts and two funnels. Transferred to: (a) Navigazione Generale Italiana, (b) Soc. Italiana di Servizi Marittimi, (c) Lloyd Triestino. Fate: World War II casualty.

Italia (1928) Home Lines

This Ship Sailed as the MS Italia for Home Lines from 1948-1964

Built by Blohm & Voss, Hamburg, Germany. Tonnage: 21,532. (16,777 by Panamanian measurement.) Dimensions: 594' X 78' (609' o.l.). Twin-screw, 17 knots. Motorship. Two masts and two funnels. Passengers: 680 (one class). Commenced her first voyage to South America in July 1948. Transferred to Genoa-New York service in June 1949. Service: Placed in Hamburg-Southampton-Havre-Halifax-New York trade in March 1952. In 1959 was in the Europe-Quebec- Montreal service. Refitted at Genoa late in 1960 for new cruise service to Nassau. Previously Named: Ex-John Ericsson (1947-1948), ex- Kungsholm (1928-1942) Renamed: Imperial Bahama (1964-1965. Fate: Scrapped 1965.

 

Front Cover, Home Lines MS Italia Tourist Class Passenger List - 20 October 1952.

1952-10-20 MS Italia Passenger List

  • Steamship Line: Home Lines
  • Class of Passengers: Tourist Class
  • Date of Departure: 20 October 1952
  • Route: New York to Cuxhaven (Hamburg) via Plymouth and Le Havre
  • Commander: Captain Paul Thormoehlen

 

Front Cover, Dinner Menu, Tourist Class on the MS Italia of the Home Lines, Thursday, 4 December 1952.

1952-12-04 MS Italia Dinner Menu

Vintage Dinner Menu from 4 December 1952 on board the MS Italia of the Home Lines featured Fillet of Boston Sole Cardinal, Braised Prime Ribs of Beef, and Strawberry Ice Cream for dessert.

 

Front Cover, Farewell Dinner Menu, Tourist Class on the MS Italia of the Home Lines, Friday, 5 December 1952.

1952-12-05 MS Italia Farewell Dinner Menu

Vintage Farewell Dinner Menu from 5 December 1952 on board the MS Italia of the Home Lines featured Roast Mount Vernon Turkey, Fillet of Kennebec Salmon in Chablis with Crawfish tails, and Ice Bomb 'Fortuna' for dessert.

 

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