SS Principessa Giovanna 1923, renamed San Giorgio in 1947
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Sabaudo / Italia Line & Lloyd Triestino
Lloyd Sabaudo / Italia Line & Lloyd Triestino
SS Principessa Giovanna & San Giorgio
Also the SS Principessa Maria
Principessa Giovanna seen as built departing
The Principessa Giovanna was built by
Cantieri Navale Franco Tosi at
The ships is seen being launched on April 24, 1923
SS Principessa Giovanna looked like a typical passenger-cargo liner, a ship that has a low white superstructure placed amidships, although her bridge remained in the traditional dark timbers, she had a black hull with a vertical bow. Amidships there was that single straight, tall black funnel having two narrow blue/green bands and one wider white band between them. She also had her two tall majestic masts as well as kingposts with their derricks servicing her holds.
She and her sister, the SS Principessa Maria built at the same time were a typical cargo liners, but were designed for the South American service and accommodate 400 migrants in the tween deck being known as Third Class. The ships five holds were capable of being able to carry a good 5,100 tonnes of cargo, which included refrigerated goods.
Her engines consisted of two groups of minimal
backlash a double gear ratio built by the ship builders giving
her a top speed up to 15 knots. This allowed her to reach Sydney
Australia, having departed
SS Principessa Giovanna departed
Principessa Giovanna is seen just having been completed and on
her way to
The SS Principessa Maria followed her sister soon after and this is recorded by and announcement in the The West Australian (Perth) Newspaper Shipping Movements Report when on January 17, 1924 it made the following announcement; Principessa Maria, Lloyd Sabaudo Line; arrived at Fremantle yesterday afternoon on her maiden voyage to Australia from Italy. The Principessa Maria, a sister ship to the Principessa Giovanna set ashore a small parcel of general cargo at Fremantle and was scheduled to have cleared for the Eastern states at midnight. Thus she had arrived on January 16, and departed at midnight, the 17th.
Both the Principessa Giovanna and Maria continued on the Australian service until 1925 when they were both transferred to the South American service.
With changes happening within Italian shipping, in 1932 Lloyd Sabaudo merged that would see their ships merge with other Italian companies into Italia Flotte Riunite or Italys joined fleet, but they were operated under the heading of the Italia Line. All ships from both fleets were transferred to this one company!
This is an early photograph of the Principessa Giovanna after her refit
No sooner had the transfer taken place and the Princess Giovanna and Maria were given not just a rebuild, but also a good interior refit, that included their accommodations being enlarged to 700 migrants in Third Class, as well as much-needed upgrades to their public rooms, etc.
As far was the exteriors was concerned, the shelter deck was stretched both forward and far aft as well as the forward superstructure received some work. Additional double stacked lifeboats were added to handle the additional passengers. The ships were painted all white, however the biggest external change was that they now had two yellow two funnels with two blue and one white bands. However, the aft funnel was a dummy as it only contained some ventilation systems and storage.
SS Principessa Maria seen soon after her rebuild
Having been completed both the Principessa
Giovanna and Maria returned to their regular services between
A superb view of the ship as she departs with family and friend ashore and passengers on board waving
This was a time that affected all nations of the world as ships would be drafted into various navies to serve as supply, troop, or hospital ships and all required considerable rebuilding in various ways depending on their required duties as interior refits.
In November 1940 the Principessa Giovanna was
commissioned by the Italian Government for the conveyance
of strategic material, and later as a troopship in
However, in January 1943, she was converted to
become a hospital ship. But on May 6, 1943, whilst sailing near
In all the Principessa Giovanna made thirteen voyages caring for and transporting thousands of wounded soldiers back home from the various fronts.
On September 8, 1943 she was at
In 1944 SS Principessa Giovanna was officially
seized by the Royal British Navy and she returned to duties as a
British hospital ship and later as a troopship, reregistered in
With the war having long ended, in 1946 the
British finally returned the hospital ship Principessa Giovanna
to her owners, the Italia Line in
we see the just completed SS San Giorgio arrive at
SS San Giorgio departed on her first voyage
You may have wondered, what has happened to the SS Principessa Maria, for she has not been mentioned since the start of WW2, well there is a very hood reason for this, and the details below will provide you will all the details!
SS Principessa Maria operated together with her
sister ship the Principessa Giovanna to
ex SS Principessa Maria seen as the wartime, clearly marked - SS
However, sadly just three years later on August 18, 1944 SS Rio de la Plata caught fire whilst at anchor in Acapulco Bay, Mexico and she was completely gutted and deemed to total loss and she had partially sunk and was deemed a wreck. Apparently all passengers and crew were recued, although there is no actual information available.
In 1952, it was decided that there was a need
for more ships sailing to
SS San Giorgio three voyages to
Lloyd Triestino liner SS San Giorgio seen arriving in
Her next departure was June 18, and this was
followed, what turned out to be the ships very last passenger
voyage ever as she departed
we see the San Giorgio being towed to her berth in
Although, technically she had been scheduled to
operate one more voyage in 1953, but this never eventuated, for
upon her return from
Tonnage: .8585 GRT - 8.955 GRT from 1932.
Length: .140.1m - 469ft.
Width: 18.7m - 59ft.
Draft: .9.89m - 29.6ft.
Propulsion: 2 X Double minimal backlash Geared Turbines by the builder.
Power: ..6,600 BHP.
Speed: ..14 knots.
Passengers: ..400 - 700 passengers from 1926.
original SS Principessa Giovanna is seen departing
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