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Maritime Historian, Cruise‘n’Ship Reviewer & Author


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Italia Line

MS Giulio Cesare & Augustus

M/S Augustus later became the hotel ship M/S Philippines

Late News: Sadly, she was sold to an undisclosed buyer and in September 2011 she departed under tow for Alang India.


Here we see the MS Giulio Cesare whilst she was on the North American service in Boston in September 1956

Photograph taken by Don Gammon


This page covers these ships mostly from when they commenced their North American service in 1956 as this page presents a special brochure produced by Italia Lines for this service. Both ships were employed on this service to replace the sad demise of the Andrea Doria, which had an accident with the MS Stockholm, and the Italian liner had sunk, whist the Swedish liner had relatively minor damage. The MS Giulio Cesare was placed on the Genoa to New York service on June 29, 1956, and the MS Augustus followed with her first voyage from Genoa to New York on February 7, 1957. The MS Giulio Cesare returned to her South American service in 1960, whilst the MS Augustus returned to her Italy South American La Plata duties in September 1961.

For full details on both ships and MS Augustus’ final incarnation as the MS Philippines, see the respective pages via the index at the bottom of the page.

Photo Album


The above brochure is from the authors collection


MS Augustus is seen here in Tenerife in 1966 having returned to the South American service and after her refit and now a two class ship


The MS Giulio Cesare is seen here in Trieste Italy

Italia Line postcard from the author’s collection


I trust you have enjoyed viewing these images the brochure is very rare indeed

MS Augustus & Giulio Cesare INDEX:

MS Augustus & Giulio Cesare INDEX:

Page One … MS Augustus

Page Two … MS Giulio Cesare

Page Three MS Giulio Cesare & Augustus - Photo Album

Page Four M/S Philippines

Page Five M/S Philippines Photographs taken whilst for sale

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