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SS Conte di Savoia
The Conte di Savoia was a large Italian ocean liner built in 1932 at Cantieri Riuniti del'Adriatico , Trieste. Originally ordered for the Lloyd Sabaudo line, a merger with the Navigazione Generale Italiana meant that the ship was completed for the newly formed Italia Flotta Riunite . The new Italia line also now controlled the Rex, a similar (though slightly larger) ship completed just two months before the Conte. The Conte di Savoia was more modern in decoration and appearance than the Rex, and was considered to be an exceptionally beautiful ship.
In November 1932 she made her maiden voyage to New York. The voyage almost became a disaster when an outlet valve jammed and blew a large hole below the waterline; in a supreme effort, the engineers and crew plugged the hole with cement. She never held the Blue Riband for fastest Atlantic crossing, although on one attempt she did average just 0.2 knots slower than the Blue Riband holder Rex.
- 48,502 gross tons.
- 814ft (248.1m) overall length, 96ft (29.3m) beam.
- Engines: steam turbines geared to quadruple screw, service speed 27 knots.
- 2200 passengers (500 first class, 366 second class, 412 tourist class, 922 third class), 786 crew.
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