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Transatlantica Italiana S.A. di Navigazione

Transatlantica Italiana S.A. di Navigazione was acquired by Hamburg America Line when they purchased Ligure Brasiliana in 1913, but was registered under the Italian flag. In 1914 the name was changed to Transatlantica Italiana and in 1915, following the entry of Italy into the Great War, an Italian board of directors was formed and all German held shares were purchased. About a year later, control was sold to the Ansaldo group. Services were operated between Italy and New York with some calls at Lisbon, Gibraltar, Azores and Boston and between Italy and South America. After the collapse of the Ansaldo group and a deterioration in trading conditions, the company gradually sold their ships and was eventually wound up in 1934.

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 (on-site) ot the Immigrant Ship web site.


  • 1914-1934 Genoa - East Coast of South America
  • 1915-1927 Genoa - Mediterranean ports - Lisbon - New York / Boston.

Red with white five pointed star and black top


Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Ammiraglio Bettolo 1923 1932 sold to Egypt, renamed Kawsar. 8,139
Cavour 1905 1914 transferred from Ligure Brasiliana, 1917 sunk in collision with Italian cruiser Caprera. 5,018
Cesare Battisti 1922 1932 sold to Tirrenia Line. 8,331
Dante Alighieri 1915 1928 sold to Japan, renamed Asahi Maru. 9,754
Garibaldi 1906 1914 transferred from Ligure Brasiliana, 1925 sold to Cia Italiana Transatlantica. 5,181
Giuseppe Verdi 1915 1928 sold to Japan, renamed Yamato Maru. 9.757
Henry R. Mallory 1916 1920 chartered from Mallory Line (USA) for two round voyages. 6,063
Leonardo da Vinci 1925 1934 sold to Tirrenia Line. 7,432
Nazario Sauro 1921 1934 sold to Tirrenia Line. 8,150
Pietro Calvi 1894 ex- Prinzregent Luitpold (North German Lloyd), 1914 seized by Italy and renamed Pietro Calvi, 1920 chartered by Transatlantica Italiana, 1928 scrapped. 6,595

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