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Italia SocietÓ di Navigazione a Vapore

The Italia SocietÓ di Navigazione a Vapore was founded in Genoa in 1899 to operate services between Italy and South America. Although registered in Italy, the company was controlled by Hamburg America Line. In 1906 Hamburg America sold their share of the company to Navigazione Generale Italiana and sailings to New York and Philadelphia started in 1908. In 1917 Italia was absorbed into the new company Transoceanica SocietÓ Italiana di Navigazione.


Many thanks to Ted Finch for his 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.

North & South America Passenger Service Vessels



Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Ancona 1908 1915 torpedoed and sunk by Austrian submarine off Sardinia ; loss of 206 lives. 8,188
Antonina 1898 1901 chartered from Hamburg Sud, 1904 returned to Hapag. 4,010
Bologna 1905 1913 sold to La Veloce. 4,680
Brasile 1905 ex- Argentina, 1912 renamed Brasile, 1913 purchased from La Veloce, 1921 sold to Transoceanica. 4,985
Italia 1905 purchased from Navigazione Generale Italia, 1917 sold to Transoceanica. 5,018
La Plata 1898 ex- Pelotas, 1901 chartered from Hamburg Sud renamed La Plata, 1904 returned to Hapag. 4,004
Napoli 1899 ex- Sannio, 1913 purchased from North German Lloyd and renamed, 1917 transferred to Transoceanica. 9,203
Ravenna 1901 4th Aug.1917 torpedoed and sunk by U.52 in Gulf of Genoa. 4,101
San Paulo 1901 ex- Umbria, 1913 purchased from Navigazione Generale Italia renamed San Paulo, 1913 sold to Sitmar reverted to Umbria. 5,020
Siena 1905 1913 sold to La Veloce. 4,553
Taormina 1908 1912 transferred to Lloyd Italiano. 8,282
Toscana 1900 1917 sold to Transoceanica, 5th Feb.1918 sunk near Gibraltar in collision with s/s MOLIERE. 4,113
Verona 1908 1913 transferred to Navigazione Generale Italiana. 8,240

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