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La Veloce Navigazione Italiana a Vapore

La Veloce Linea di Navigazione Italiana a Vapore was founded in 1884 to run services between Italy and South America but can be indirectly traced back back to 1865 when Giovanni Lavarello started a line of small wooden steamers. The company was taken over in 1883 by M. Bruzzi & Co who formed La Veloce. From 1889 German banks commenced acquiring shares in the company and by 1899 had gained a controlling interest. The firm of Fratelli Lavarello (sons of the original founder) was taken over together with their fleet in 1891. In 1900 Italian banks and Navigazione Generale Italiana commenced buying out German shareholders and by 1901 the company was effectively controlled by NGI and the official name became La Veloce Navigazione Italiana a Vapore. La Veloce was absorbed into NGI in 1924 and was liquidated as a seperate company.

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.

Routes:

  • 1883 - 1924 Genoa / Naples / Palermo - Las Palmas - South America
  • 1901 - 1922 Genoa / Naples / Palermo - New York / Philadelphia
    Some services to New Orleans and Central America.

Funnel:
1883 Black with red star (Bruzzi).
1884 - 1922 Buff with red star (La Veloce).

1883 1884 - 1922
Fleet:
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Albaro 1890 1920 purchased from T. Camanel, Genoa, 1924 sold to Chile renamed Luisa. 2,850
America 1909 1912 sold to Navigazione Generale Italiana. 8,996
Argentina 1905 1913 renamed Brasile, 1914 sold to Italia Line. 4,985
Bologna 1905 1913 purchased from Navigazione Generale Italiana, 1924 taken over by NGI, 1928 scrapped. 4,680
Brasile (1) 1905 1912 sold to French Line renamed Venezuela. 5,026
Brasile (2)   see Argentina.  
Calabria 1876 ex- Princess Royal, 1901 purchased from Langland & Sons, Glasgow renamed Calabria, 1905 sold to NGI. (see Calabria (2)) 946
Centro America 1897 1908 sold to Navigazione Generale Italiana renamed Solunto. 3,474
Citta di Genova (1)   see Matteo Bruzzi.  
Citta di Genova (2) 1889 1891 purchased from F.Lavarello, 1898 sold to Soc.Generale de Transports Maritimes, Marseilles renamed Savoie. 1,936
Citta di Milano 1897 1914 sold to Sitmar Line renamed Albania. 4,041
Citta di Napoli   see Vittoria (2)  
Citta di Reggio 1888 1905 chartered from G.Bertollo, Genoa for 2 voyages. 2,733
Citta di Torino 1898 1914 sold to Sitmar Line renamed Constantinopoli. 4,041
Dalmazia 1920 launched as War Picture, completed as Dalmazia, 1925 sold to Parodi, Genoa. 6,468
Duca di Galliera 1883 ex- Oaxaca, 1887 purchased from Cia Trasatlantica Mexicana renamed Duca di Galliera, 1906 scrapped. 4,304
Duca di Genova 1907 1912 purchased from Navigazione Generale Italiana, 1914 reverted to NGI, 1918 torpedoed and sunk by U.64 off French coast. 7,893
Duchessa di Genova 1884 ex- Mexico, 1887 purchased from Cia Trasatlantica Mexicana renamed Duchessa di Genova, 1906 scrapped. 4,304
Etruria 1893 ex- Halifax City, 1900 purchased from Furness Withy renamed Etruria, 1903 taken over by NGI. 2,141
Europa (1) 1872 1884 transferred from M.Bruzzo & Co, 1893 scrapped. 2,226
Europa (2) 1907 1922 transferred to Navigazione Generale Italiana. 7,870
Italia 1905 1912 sold to Navigazione Generale Italiana. 5,018
Las Palmas 1886 ex- Giovanni Battista Lavarello, 1891 purchased from F.Lavarello renamed Las Palmas, 1905 sold to Navigazione Generale Italiana renamed Ionio. 1,861
Liguria 1901 1909 chartered from Navigazione Generale Italiana for 2 voyages. 4,865
Lombardia 1901 1909 chartered from Navigazione Generale Italiana for 2 voyages. 4,815
Matteo Bruzzi 1882 ex- Golconde, 1883 purchased from Cie. Fraissinet by M. Bruzzi renamed Matteo Bruzzi, 1884 incorporated into la Veloce 1899 renamed Citta di Genova, 1907 scrapped. 3,919
Montevideo 1869 ex- Citta di Napoli, 1891 purchased from F.Lavarello renamed Montevideo, 1899 scrapped after grounding in River Plate. 3,142
Napoli 1870 ex- Colombo, 1884 transferred from M.Bruzzo & Co renamed Napoli, 1893 abandoned off Brazilian coast and sank. 2,009
Nord America 1882 ex- Stirling Castle, 1883 purchased by M.Bruzzo from Thos.Skinner & Co, London renamed Nord America Stirling Castle. 1888 transferred to La Veloce renamed Nord America. 1909 became cargo only. 1911 scrapped after stranding damage at Morocco. 4,826
Oceania 1909 1912 renamed Stampalia, 1915 troopship, 1916 torpedoed and sunk by UB.47 in Aegean Sea. 8,999
Piemonte 1895 ex- St. John City, 1899 purchased from Furness Withy renamed Piemonte, 1903 taken over by NGI. 2,153
Rio de Janeiro 1888 ex- Adelaide Lavarello, 1891 purchased from F.Lavarello renamed Rio de Janeiro, 1899 sold to Soc.Gen.de Transp.Mar, Marseilles renamed Alsace. 1,916
Rosario 1887 1891 purchased from F.Lavarello, 1898 sold to Cie. Mixte, Marseilles renamed Djurjura. 1,957
Savoia 1897 1915 troopship, 1919 laid up, 1923 scrapped. 4,377
Siena 1905 1913 purchased from Navigazione Generale Italiana, 1916 shelled and sunk by U.35 in Gulf of Lyon; loss of 46 lives. 4,553
Stampalia   see Oceania.  
Sud America (1) 1872 1884 transferred from M.Bruzzo & Co. 1888 sunk in collision with s/s FRANCE (SGTM) at Las Palmas; loss of 87 lives. 2,246
Sud America (2) 1868 ex- Mentana, 1891 purchased from F.Lavarello renamed Sud America, 1901 scrapped. 3,158
Umbria 1901 1912 purchased from Navigazione Generale Italiana, 1913 sold to Italia Line renamed San Paulo. 5,020
Venezuela (1) 1898 1908 sold to Navigazione Generale Italiana. 3,379
Venezuela (2) 1904 ex- Caserta, 1923 purchased from Navigazione Generale Italiana renamed Venezuela, 1924 taken over by NGI, 1928 scrapped. 6,847
Vittoria (1) 1883 ex- Tamaulipas, 1887 purchased from Cia Trasatlantica Mexicana renamed Vittoria, 1899 burnt out at sea, beached at Alicante, towed Italy and scrapped. 4,290
Vittoria (2) 1871 ex- Maasdam, 1902 purchased from Holland America Line renamed Vittoria, 1902 renamed Citta di Napoli, 1910 scrapped. 4,020
Vittorio Veneto 1918 ex- War Joy, 1919 purchased from The Shipping Controller, London renamed Vittorio Veneto, 1924 taken over by NGI. 4,595
Washington 1880 1905-1907 chartered from Navigazione Generale Italiana for two round voyages. 2,833

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