Arosa Line / Compañia
Internacional Transportadora 1952-1958
The Compañia Internacional Transportadora or Arosa Line
was founded by Nicolo Rizzi.
The AROSA KULM flying the Panamanian flag
sailed from Bremen on 18 March 1952 for Zeebrugge, Southampton and Halifax.
The Puerto Rico was purchased by Compañia Internacional Transportadora
in autumn 1953 reconstructed and sailed from Bremen on 18 May 1954 as
the AROSA STAR. The Felix Roussel was bought from Messageries
Maritimes in the spring of 1955 and reconditioned and renamed AROSA SUN. In 1957
the La Marseillaise was also purchased from Messageries Maritimes and
renamed AROSA SKY.
In 1957 there was a decline in passengers to and from Canada
and the Arosa Line undertook a series of Caribbean cruises from New York
between December 1957 and April 1958 and also cruised from Miami, but
the results were disastrous owing to several mishaps with the ships.
In September 1958 the Arosa Line was forced to sell the AROSA SKY to
the Costa Line and in December that year the AROSA STAR was arrested
at Bermuda for debts. On 10 April 1959 a judge at Geneva declared the
The AROSA KULM was scrapped at Bruges, the AROSA STAR
sold for further services and the AROSA SUN was bought by a Dutch concern
as a floating hostel for their workers at Ijmuiden.
Many thanks to Henk Jungerius and Ted Finch for their assistance
in collecting this data. The following list was extracted from various
sources. This is not an all inclusive list but should only be used
as a guide. If you would like to know more about a vessel, visit the Ship
Descriptions (onsite) or Immigrant
Ship web site.
- Routes and voyages:
- Quebec, Le Havre, Southampton, Bremerhaven.
Southampton and / or Le Havre sometimes omitted on eastbound voyages.
- Return Bremerhaven to Quebec, normally with calls at either
Zeebrugge or Hoek van Holland, and with occasional calls at Southampton
and Le Havre.
- Hamburg, Southampton, Le Havre, Quebec.
One westbound voyage to Montreal instead of Quebec.
- Eastbound voyages from Quebec (one from Montreal) called at
Cuxhaven with debarkation for Hamburg; one voyage from Quebec
to Bremerhaven instead of Cuxhaven.
- Bremerhaven, Southampton, Le Havre, Montreal.
- One westbound voyage to Quebec instead of Montreal ; one non-stop
- One eastbound voyage from Quebec instead
of Montreal ; Southampton omitted on one voyage.
- One voyage
from Bremerhaven to Southampton, Le Havre and Quebec. Return
Quebec to Zeebrugge and Bremerhaven.
- One voyage from Bremerhaven
via Zeebrugge to New York. Return from New York to Le
- One voyage from Le Havre to New York. Return from New
to Le Havre and Bremerhaven.
Funnel & Flag:
Yellow, with black top and narrow black band.
||Years in Service
||built by American International Shipbuilding Corp.,
Hog Island, Pennsylvania | ex- Cantigny (US Army transport), ex-
American Banker 1924 for American Merchant Lines, 1934 transferred
to United States Lines, 1940
sold to Société Maritime Anversoise,
Belgium renamed Ville d'Anvers, 1945 returned to USL, 1946 transferred
to Isbrandtsen Line renamed City of Athens, 1947 sold to Incres Line
renamed Protea, 1952 sold to Arosa Line renamed Arosa Kulm, 1959
scrapped at Bruges.
||built by Société Provencale de Construction Navale,
La Ciotat | Launched as Marechal Pétain but scuttled in German retreat,
1947 raised and renamed La Marseillaise, 1949 entered service, 1957
purchased from Compagnie des Messageries
Maritimes renamed Arosa Sky, 1958 sold to Costa renamed Bianca
C, 1959 rebuilt 18,427gt, 22 October 1961 explosion in engine room
when anchored at Grenada abandoned by passengers and crew and foundered
in deep water.
||built by Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp., Quincy, Mass.
| ex- Borinquen built for New York & Porto Rico Steamship Company,
ex- Puerto Rico 1949, 1954 purchased from A.H. Bull, New York renamed
Arosa Star, 1959 sold to Eastern Steamship renamed Bahama Star, 1969
sold to Western Steamship Co. renamed La Jenelle, 13 April 1970 destroyed
while under tow on her way to being converted into a floating hotel.
||built by Ateliers & Chantiers de La Loire, St. Nazaire
| ex- Felix Roussel, 1955 purchased from Compagnie
des Messageries Maritimes renamed Arosa Sun, 1960 sold to Dutch
Hoogovens and used as a stationary hotel ship, 1974 scrapped.
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