history of ocean liners

La costruzione del Rex. Fonte: Fondazione Ansaldo


The legendary Rex, launched in the Ansaldo shipyard in Genoa Sestri on 1 August 1931, by Margherita di Savoia, Queen of Italy, was the greatest ocean liner of all time to bring the tricolor to the seas.
In the summer of 1933, the only Italian ship, conquered the Blue Ribbon of the Atlantic for the fastest crossing between Europe and the United States, taking 4 days, 13 hours and 58 minutes to travel, with an average of 28.92 knots, the 3,181 miles of navigation.However, the Italian flagship had the merit of introducing great changes in the outfitting compared to many foreign transatlantic liners, making it a true progenitor of modern cruise ships.The Rex was equipped with air conditioning, luxury cabins with private balconies, large open spaces for games and two beaches with swimming pools so large that they were the envy of many modern-day cruise units. Complementing these amenities there was a restaurant-veranda overlooking the sea and a large spa even equipped with UVA lamps for artificial tanning.Many celebrities have traveled aboard the Rex, such as Primo Carnera, Tazio Nuvolari, Arturo Toscanini, Tyrone Power, Gianni Agnelli.
It was laid up in Trieste in 1940 and bombed by the allies off the coast of Koper in 1944.
Even today, the Rex remains a myth and the few surviving objects of the ship are sought after by collectors.

Conte di Savoia

The Conte di Savoia, launched on 28 October 1931, was the first passenger ship equipped with the anti-roll system.
With her 20th century furnishings, she is still considered by many to be the most beautiful ship of the line on the Atlantic from the pre-war period.
She was laid up in 1940.

conte fili

The Conte Fili, launched on March 26, 1934, was one of the last ocean liners launched before the Second World War.
Given its small size (19,500 tons) it is hardly remembered today, but it was a jewel of engineering and naval architecture of the 1930s.
On the Conte Fili, the single class appears for the first time and the price of the passage ticket depends on the choice of the cabin, which can vary from the luxury suite to the internal room with bunk beds.

Andrea Doria

The Andrea Doria was launched by the Ansaldo Shipyards of Genoa Sestri Ponente on June 16, 1951.
The captivating design, the richness of the fittings, the reliability and the culinary prodigies of the chefs on board make the Andrea Doria the symbol of the Italian naval rebirth. On 25 July 1956, off Nantucket she was rammed by the Swedish ship Stockholm and sank at 10:50 the next day.

giulio cesare

The Giulio Cesare, launched on 19 November 1950, marks a milestone in the recovery of the Italian shipbuilding industry.
Its line represents a clear departure from the past and marks the starting point of the style that will influence the design of the Italian transatlantic in the following years.
A serious damage to the rudder decreed the disarmament on 14 January 1973.