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Home Lines History and Ephemera

Founded in 1946, Home Lines was an Italian passenger shipping company operating both ocean liners and cruise ships. Based out of Genoa, their vessels were registered in Panama. In 1988, Holland America acquired Home Lines, one of the most highly regarded cruise lines in the world at that time.

Home Lines were connected to Cosulich Lines, Swedish American Line, and Hamburg-America Line. Eugen Eugenides' adopted son Nicolaos Vernicos-Eugenides cofounded the Hamburg Atlantic Line in 1958, and he later served as the CEO of both Home Lines and Hamburg Atlantic Line.

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.

1954-07-17 Passenger List for the SS Atlantic

1954-07-17 Passenger List for the SS Atlantic

  • Steamship Line: Home Lines
  • Ship: SS Atlantic
  • Class of Passengers: Tourist
  • Date of Departure: 17 July 1954
  • Route: Quebec to Southampton via Le Havre
  • Commander: Captain Giovanni Ruffini


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The GG Archives is the work and passion of two people, Paul Gjenvick, a professional archivist, and Evelyne Gjenvick, a curator. Paul earned a Masters of Archival Studies - a terminal degree from Clayton State University in Georgia, where he studied under renowned archivist Richard Pearce-Moses. Our research into the RMS Laconia and SS Bergensfjord, the ships that brought two members of the Gjønvik family from Norway to the United States in the early 20th century, has helped us design our site for other genealogists. The extent of original materials at the GG Archives can be very beneficial when researching your family's migration from Europe.