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SiculaSicula Americana (1919)

Sicula Americana was founded in 1919 in Naples by Guglielmo Peirce. This company had no connection with the earlier company with the same name. A passenger service between Naples and New York commenced in December, 1920, with one ship and continued until November, 1923. Due to poor trading conditions, the ship was then laid up until 1926 when she was chartered to Cosulich Line and later sold. Cargo voyages continued until 1926 when the fleet was sold and the company dissolved.

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) or the Immigrant Ship web site.


  • Naples - New York.

Yellow with two narrow red bands.


Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Citta di Messina 1920 1926 sold to Scottish SS Co., London renamed King Robert. 5,880
Giulia Peirce 1921 1926 sold to Achille Lauro, Naples renamed Taide. 2,770
Guglielmo Peirce 1907 ex- Corcovado, 1920 purchased from Hamburg America Line renamed Guglielmo Peirce, 1923 laid up, 1926 chartered to Cosulich Line, 1927 sold to Lloyd Sabaudo renamed Maria Cristina. 8,512
Matilde Peirce 1908 ex- Galatee, 1921 purchased from French Line renamed Matilde Peirce, 1922 wrecked near Trapani, Sicily. 4,768
Mongibello 1900 ex- Florentino, 1920 purchased after sinking and salvage at Brindisi, renamed Mongibello, 1922 wrecked on Anticosti Island. 3,411

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