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THE OCEAN LINERS
Welcome to our Conte di Savoia website celebrating this stylish and beautiful ship. In the late 1920s and early 1930s the main Italian operators on the "Sunny Southern Route" to North America from the Mediterranean to New York ordered their own giant ocean liners. Navigazione Generale Italiana (NGI) and Lloyd Sabaudo each ordered a single large express ships. However Mussolini ordered the merger of the major Italian shipping lines into Italia Flotte Riunite (later known as Italia Line). Thus the two intended rivals became fleetmates.
Sabaudo contribution was the Conte di Savoia. She was an elegant and
well proportioned liner. Taking advantage of the warmer climate of the
more southernly route across the North Atlantic, she featured outdoor
swimming pools set within lido areas on the upper decks. She was also
unique among the great superliners of the era by having three gyro
stablisers installed within her lower hull to supress movement in rough
seas. However both ships were commercially successful and very popular.
Indeed the Conte di Savoia was widely regarded as the loveliest Italian
liner of the time. Sadly the Conte di Savoia was destroyed by Allied
bombing during the Second World War.
This website aims to record the history of this fine ocean liner and act as a virtual home to honour and celebrate this fine ship. We hope you enjoy this website and when you leave we hope you will visit again soon.
CONTE DI SAVOIA
~ The Pride of Italy ~
Genoa to New York (via Naples and Gibraltar) transatlantic service
(c) The AJN Transport Britain Collection 2008 A Edward Elliott