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Double Decked! MV AUGUSTUS (1951), Part One

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The MS PHILIPPINES is the last surviving genuine Italian ocean liner, having spent the past 34 years in Asia, either laid up or in part time use as an adjunct to the Manila Hotel. This page shows the beautifully preserved ship in her original guise as Italian Lines’ proud motorliner AUGUSTUS of 1951.


Philippine President Lines, Manila

by Peter Knego. First published on MaritimeMatters in 2000


The sparkling MS PHILIPPINES is shown at her Manila berth on 27 November 1999. Photo and copyright Peter Knego 1999.

Double Decked! MV AUGUSTUS (1951), Part Two: MS PHILIPPINES History From 1976 to Present and Top to Bottom Tour


For Italia SA di Navagizioni, Genoa (Italian Line South American service)
By Cantieri Riuniti dell’Adriatico, Trieste
Yard no: 1757
Most recently refurbished at Manila and Subic Bay, Philippines, 1999
27,090 GT
207.4 by 26 m/ 681 by 87.3 feet
Two 12 cylinder FIAT diesels; Twin screw; 27,000 BHP 21 knots
Passengers/guests: 1186

Archival Images From The Peter Knego collection, unless otherwise noted. Please click on photo to view larger version.

Italia's powerful MV AUGUSTUS is shown at sea in a popular b/w post card view. Peter Knego collection.

The second unit in famed Italian Line’s first post war duo, the AUGUSTUS followed her 1951-built twin, GIULIO CESARE, in February of 1952. These two liners were not only remarkably streamlined and futuristic for their day, they set new standards on the South American run with pools for each of three classes and full air conditioning. The famed but tragic ANDREA DORIA and an entire generation of ocean liners, not only from Italy but worldwide, would draw inspiration from her trendsetting profile.

AUGUSTUS is launched by Signora Francesca De Gasperi, the Italian prime minister's wife, on 19 November 1950. Peter Knego collection.

With sharply raked, bulbous bows, curved superstructures, modern masts, massive and streamlined funnels, terraced lidos and elegant cruiser spoon sterns, GIULIO CESARE and AUGUSTUS were visions of power and grace. Pronounced sheer, tumblehome, and camber were to become hallmarks of Italian post war ship design and these two ships, although relegated to the less celebrated South American run, were among the finest Atlantic liners of their generation.

Even in its incomplete state, the hull of AUGUSTUS is a magical combination of beauty and power, as shown sliding down the ways at Trieste's CRDA shipyard. Peter Knego collection.

AUGUSTUS/GIULIO CESARE’s external beauty held up to the most scrutinizing standards with pleasingly sculpted and multi-planed bridge wings, a suggestive nape at the aft funnel base, and even a trademark ventilator aft of the funnel that was nicknamed the “robot” for its unusual configuration.

Early artwork capitalized on the streamlined look of GIULIO CESARE
and AUGUSTUS. Peter Knego collection.

Internally, AUGUSTUS was divided into three distinct classes: 178 in a relatively small, but spacious first; 288 cabin; and 714 in less opulent but comfortable tourist. Various designers such as Gustavo Pulitzer Finali, Cervi, and Frandoli were responsible for different public areas, which also benefited from the works of such artists as Sbisa, Moscherini, and Music.

An enhanced color post card view of AUGUSTUS at sea. Peter Knego collection.

GIULIO CESARE and AUGUSTUS maintained a regular service to Buenos Aires from Genoa, calling at Naples, Cannes, Barcelona (or Lisbon), Rio de Janeiro, Santos, and Montevideo. Following the loss of the ANDREA DORIA, AUGUSTUS was diverted to the North Atlantic run in February of 1957, sailing between Genoa and New York via Cannes, Naples, and Gibraltar. She was kept on this routing with intermittent South American sailings until 1961, when the advent of the LEONARDO DA VINCI allowed her to return permanently to the South Atlantic.

A remarkable color view of AUGUSTUS at sea. Copyright Maurizio Eliseo 2001.

In 1964, both ships were converted to two classes with the elimination of cabin class. Their new configurations were for 325 first and 858 tourist class passengers. Although still modern and magnificent, AUGUSTUS and GIULIO CESARE were often overshadowed by their North Atlantic counterparts ANDREA DORIA, CRISTOFORO COLOMBO, LEONARDO DA VINCI, MICHELANGELO, and RAFFAELLO. Indeed, the vast Italian fleets of the 1950’s and 1960’s were among the most beautiful and streamlined vessels ever built, each a “ship of state” in its own individual respect. Ironically with all of the aforementioned liners since scrapped or sunk, and a likewise fate for the fleets of fellow Italian
companies Adriatica, Costa (now a Carnival Corporation conglomerate with modern ships), and Lloyd Triestino, the former AUGUSTUS is the last unaltered survivor of this sadly lamented era.

Her career with Italia lasted until January of 1976, when she was laid up at Naples. The GIULIO CESARE met a relatively early end in 1973, when rudder damage, diminishing demand on the South American run and a financially strapped Italia sent her off to La Spezia breakers.

AUGUSTUS would carry on the remainder of the twentieth century in relative obscurity in another part of the world. Before we catch up with the second half of her story, let’s have a look at the ship during the Italian Line era.

Important reference material on Italian Line and the MV AUGUSTUS:

THE LIDO FLEET by Peter C. Kohler, TRANSATLANTICI by Maurizio Eliseo.


Just one of three outside pools, the first class pool was situated on aft Lido Deck overlooking the cabin and tourist class pools. It was distinguished from the others by its slide. Peter Knego collection.

The AUGUSTUS had nine passenger decks, beginning just beneath the top of the house and in descending order with: Sun Deck, Lido Deck, Boat Deck, Promenade Deck, Upper Deck, Foyer Deck, A Deck, B Deck, and C Deck. Sun Deck was devoted exclusively to first class, beginning forward with the wheelhouse, chartroom, and radio room. A spacious sun deck followed aft along either side, encompassing the funnel casing, kennels, and the “robot” ventilator. Lido Deck began with a narrow full-wrap around promenade and officers’ quarters, culminating aft with a bar, the first class pool (shown above), and changing rooms

The Belvedere Lounge was striking in its simplicity and use of stark, modern lines and materials. Peter Knego collection.

Boat Deck began forward with another narrow promenade, opening into wider expanses underneath a canopy of davits and lifeboats along either side. Internally, this level started off with the striking and sheered first class Belvedere Observation Lounge, which was lined with a panorama of windows overlooking the ship’s bow.

Murals depicting the life and times of the Roman emperor Augustus adorned the aft bulkheads of AUGUSTUS' first class reading room and diminutive writing room (background). Peter Knego collection.

Continuing aft on the starboard side, there was a reading room. Immediately amidships of this space was the diminutive first class writing room. The uppermost level of the forward stairtower was just aft with its magnificently modern glass railings and burled panels. There was also an elevator that linked the first class decks in this portion of the ship. The deluxe suite accommodation followed along port and aft passageways, leading to a small gymnasium, playroom, solarium, and massage room on the starboard side.

The cabin pool, shown facing forward, survives to this day. Peter Knego collection.

The aft portion of Boat Deck was given over to cabin class which had its own pool, lido and bar.

The first class social hall is shown in a starboard-facing view. The constellation-like lighting arrangement and oval ceiling recess would be the only part of this room to carry over into the auditorium space which replaced it in 1964. Peter Knego collection.

Promenade Deck began forward with a first class observation area encompassing hold number three, continuing aft via narrow links to the spacious glass-enclosed first class promenade. Internally, it began with the remarkable social hall with its rounded panorama of windows and an aft bulkhead that sported sculptures and reliefs in bronze by Moscherini. The ceiling in this sheered salon contained an ovalesque recess in which the lighting was arranged in a zodiac fashion. In 1964, this room was converted into an auditorium.

The forward stairtower as built in a port-facing view. Peter Knego collection.

The forward stairtower foyer was directly aft with vestibules leading off on either side to the promenades and passageways that led aft to the first class ballroom. The stairtower, itself, was adorned with sculptures by Moscherini.

The modern first class ballroom is shown here is an aft/port-facing view. Peter Knego collection.

The ballroom was the epitome of post war modern decor with its deco-inspired ceiling fixture made of mahogany, some very stylish Cassina furniture, and a tapestry on the aft bulkhead by Antonio Music depicting destinations visited on Marco Polo’s travels.

A view facing aft in the first class card room. Peter Knego collection.

Continuing aft along the starboard side, adjacent to the funnel casing, the first class card room had a mahogany ceiling fixture in a similar style to that of the ballroom. The inboard bulkhead of this gallery space featured an oil panel on granular glass by Nicolo Costanzi.

The first class bar is shown facing forward. Peter Knego collection.

Along the port funnel casing just aft of the ballroom was the first class bar. Rosewood paneling adorned the inboard portion of this space while the facade of the bar was beautifully and most uniquely punctuated by ceramic art inlays by Sbisa of Trieste.

The port cabin class promenade is shown facing aft. Peter Knego collection.

Promenade Deck continued aft with the cabin class public areas. The promenades, themselves, were divided into two separate finite portions for first and cabin class to correspond with the salons they encompassed. This entire portion of the ship would be merged with tourist class when cabin class was eliminated in 1964.

The cabin class lounge shown in a starboard/forward facing view. Peter Knego collection.

The cabin class lounge shown in a starboard/forward facing view. Peter Knego collection.

The Ugo Carra-designed cabin class smoke room followed aft, with its gilt ceiling and side panels.

The cabin class bar featured a Formica mural of Christopher Columbus, as shown in this aft-facing view. Peter Knego collection.

Adjoining the smoke room on its aft starboard side, the cabin class bar was a most inviting nook with its carved wooden facade and a panel depicting Christopher Columbus. A playroom, since converted into a small galley, was located on the port side. A foyer just aft included a stairwell leading to upper deck for access to the cabin dining room. A writing room, followed by a card room on its starboard side, coincided with a reading room and gymnasium on the port side.

The chapel is shown in a port facing view. Peter Knego collection.

All Italian liners had dedicated chapels, and AUGUSTUS was no exception. The aft portion of her Promenade Deck public rooms culminated in this space, which contained a large gilt panel of religious symbols and figurines and beautiful stained glass screens aft. The panel was moved to the theater (which would double as the chapel and a synagogue) in the 1964 conversion.

The AUGUSTUS' tourist class pool was located on aft Promenade Deck. Peter Knego collection.

Promenade Deck concluded with AUGUSTUS’ tourist class pool area.  A lido here stretched to either side of the ship, surrounding cargo hold number five and the pool, culminating in docking wings just beyond the pool basin.

This is a typical first class outside single cabin, several of which were located on Upper Deck. Peter Knego collection.

Upper Deck began with the long, sheered fo’c’sle, which contained holds one
and two as well as a small deck house for the boons.  Its internal forward
expanse was devoted to first class accommodation along with a small barber
shop and beauty salon.

The children's Dining Room sported colorful panels and was located just starboard and forward of the first class dining room. Peter Knego collection.

Aft of the first class accommodation, two small annexes (one for children on
the starboard side and one for the captain on the port side) led to the first
class Dining Room.

AUGUSTUS' first class Dining Room was designed by Gustavo Pulitzer Finale. Peter Knego collection.

The first class Dining Room spanned the width of the ship and had rows of
double portholes to let in natural light.  More often than not, these
portholes were covered with sliding translucent screens depicting marine life
and fishermen’s nets.  Gustavo Pulitzer Finale was responsible for the decor,
which also employed vivid murals of undersea life.

The cabin class Dining Room is shown facing aft/starboard. Peter Knego collection.

A galley serving both first and cabin class followed.  The cabin class Dining Room, in many ways equally magnificent as its first class counterpart, was just aft of the galley.  Stretching the width of the ship, its interior stylings were 50’s deco with circular lighting fixtures and modern, angular furnishing.  The focal points were two cloth paintings depicting ancient Roman life on the fore and aft bulkheads.

The tourist class Lounge is shown facing port/aft. Peter Knego collection.

The aft portion of Upper Deck was encompassed by a short promenade for tourist class passengers.  A suite of public rooms began with the tourist class Lounge, which, if more modest than its cabin and first class counterparts, was most likely the liveliest room on the ship.

The tourist class Writing Room was located on aft/starboard Upper Deck. Peter Knego collection.

The tourist class Smoking Room followed.  Its aft/starboard annex was the small Reading and Writing Room.

The tourist class bar is shown facing aft. Peter Knego collection.

The aft/port portion of the Smoking Room led to the wonderful tourist class Bar.  With “pearl” gray bulkheads and walnut furnishings, it was one of the most distinctive rooms on the ship.

The first class Foyer facing port. Peter Knego collection.

Foyer Deck began with the spacious first class entry hall and continued aft with more deluxe accommodation.  Pursers and shore excursion offices occupy either side of the lobby, with a small shop in the forward center portion.

The cabin class Hall facing starboard. Peter Knego collection.

The cabin class entry hall followed the span of first class cabins.  Here is where another pursers office, shop, and barber/beauty salon were located.

The tourist class Dining Room was the largest of the ship's three main restaurants. Peter Knego collection.

The tourist class Mediterranean Dining Room was next.  Two smaller wings on either side led aft to the large main salon.  Banquet seating was utilized to accommodate a large number of passengers in each seating.

One of the tourist class upper/lower cabins. Peter Knego collection.

Foyer Deck culminated in a small fantail area with more sunning space for the tourist class passengers.  A Deck contained a limited selection of first class cabins, but was largely devoted to cabin and tourist class accommodation.  The narrow tourist class Foyer housed a third pursers office and barber shop.  B Deck was exclusively devoted to cabin and tourist classes and also contained the hospital.  C Deck housed the baggage rooms and more cabin and tourist accommodation.

Double Decked! MV AUGUSTUS (1951), Part Two: MS PHILIPPINES History From 1976 to Present and Top to Bottom Tour

37 Responses to Double Decked! MV AUGUSTUS (1951), Part One

  1. Joseph Sturges

    July 16, 2010 at 9:07 am

    Nicely presented views of one of the primo liners that transited the Atlantic in the wonder days of liner travel, the 1950’s.

    Watched her many times as she departed New York from my spot on the Brooklyn side of the Narrows. Ah, memories…

  2. Ed V.

    July 16, 2010 at 9:11 am

    I have a picture of Augutus anchored in Hong Kong Harbor that I took in 1985. I took it from the flight deck of the carrier USS Midway when we visited. From a distance Augutus looked as if she was sailing into the harbor from a cruise. What a sight. I hope someone takes an active interest in her and restores her for some kind of use. It is to bad that it costs so much to preserve something so beautiful for others to use and experience the past. We would rather save historic buildings rather than a ship.

  3. Dieter Killinger

    July 16, 2010 at 10:14 am

    I was Assistant Sales Manager for Italian Line in New York in the early 60’s and remember their beautiful ships with great nostalgia. Those years were the most fun of my long career in travel. I rode up the Hudson on both Michelangelo/Raffaello on their maiden voyages. Thank you for this. It brings back so many memories. Even the Vulcania/Saturnia were ships to remember. My favorite was the Cristoforo Colombo.

  4. David L. NYC

    July 16, 2010 at 10:58 am

    First, detailed, informative, and illustrated articles of this kind help keep these beautiful ships alive for people like me, who are “too young” to have had the opportunity to see or travel on these fantastic ships! Thank you, Peter and Martin.

    Second, has anyone recently visited this vessel? How much of her vintage interiors remain intact?

    If my memory serves me correctly, some brief (but wonderful) color footage of the MV Augustus (or, perhaps, the Giulio Cesare) underway in the South Atlantic appears in the 2006 documentary, “Deep Water”, about the ill-fated voyage of Donald Crowhurst. Check it out.

  5. Peter Knego

    July 16, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    Thanks, Joseph, Ed, Dieter and David. The second part of the AUGUSTUS Decked! blog will show how she looks today (although some furnishings have either since been disposed of or stowed away). We have an entire archive of these blogs that were on the old MM site and will take some time to rebuild for the new site, so please stay tuned. Let’s hope MS PHILIPPINES can outlast and outwit the scrap merchants. She is a stupendously beautiful ship and without a doubt, to me, anyway, the one with an uncertain future that most deserves preservation.

  6. Matthew

    July 16, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    Thanks for re-posting this, it is indeed amazing to know that this beautiful piece of history is still with us. Do you think you could do a DECKED of Casino Le Lydia (ex-Moonta) in Lecuate, France sometime?

  7. Edward J Kelley

    July 16, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    Saw here in March while in Manila on Regent Seven Seas Voyager’s World cruise. Tried to get aboad but “no joy”. Understand that she is being used as some sort of a static training ship for locals seeking employment in the cruise business.

  8. P.C. Kohler

    July 16, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    One of the more interesting aspects of these ships is their machinery; those enormous FIAT diesels were built back in 1938 and were originally intended to re-engine ROMA as part of her proposed major rebuilding. That, of course, never came about and the diesels sat out the war and were installed instead on GUILIO CESARE and AUGUSTUS. So when AUGUSTUS is periodically “fired up”, they are coaxing life out of 72-year-old engines!

  9. Hank

    July 16, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    yes Peter! Yes! Two ships must be saved for future generations. This one and the SS United States

  10. Peter Knego

    July 16, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    Peter, do you have a link I can post for people who might want to purchase THE LIDO FLEET? Thanks for the continuing education. I thought those Fiats were for the prior AUGUSTUS. If AUGUSTUS got ROMA’s machinery, whose did the CESARE get?

    Edward, too bad they denied you access. When I saw her, she was being used for functions from the adjacent Manila Hotel and being prepped for use as an hotel but I believe the latter never happened. We did dine on her for lunch several times. Nice that they use her for training Filipino crew.

  11. max

    July 17, 2010 at 2:46 am

    I hope that the Augustus doesn’t join the Saga Rose to the scrapyard. I am still hoping that the MS Kungsholm can be saved as well. I find it very hard to believe that Mr. Hallgren gave up on the ship because he could not find a suitable location for the ship. New York would have been a great place for the ship if Gothenburg didn’t want her.

  12. Mage Bailey

    July 17, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    Simply magic, Peter. Thank you. I eagerly await the next page.

  13. Drblues44

    July 17, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    Stunning liner!

  14. Peter Castellan

    July 18, 2010 at 4:21 am

    Great report on a truely great ship, there is a facbook page with lots of current photos, that is intent on seeing the Augustus returned to Italy, i think with the backing of Maurizio Eliseo, imagine firing up those big Fiats and seeing her set sail for Italy. A truely original ship deserving of being saved, can’t wait for part 2.

  15. BobbyNJ

    July 20, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    Thank you, Peter, for the wonderful essay.
    I have seen Augustus twice in Manila, most recently this past November when I got right up to the gangway. The guards let me walk alongside after my friend, who is Filipino, explained my love of classic ships. Have some great photos. She is a beautifully proportioned liner. I admired her at the pier in Manila for over an hour. My first voyages were on the Raffaello and Michelangelo during college toward the end of their all-too-short lives. I especially loved Raffaello, my first crossing and ship experience ever. So let’s add Augustus to the ships to be saved, including the marvelous QE2!

  16. Kalle Id

    July 21, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    Peter (Knego), thank you for reposting this fantastic reportage on the Augustus. Like practically all of the post-war Italian liners, she was a beauty both inside and out. And of course still is, unlike all her fleetmates. Hopefully she will continue to exist, maybe in less remote location to give us youngsters a chance to see her beauty in the flesh – or more accurately, steel.

    It’s a shame none of Italia’s postwar ships managed to make a successful transition into cruising (Leonardo’s abortive attempt does not count). With large lidos they would have made excellent cruise ships back in the 70s but for whatever reason it simply never happened.

    Peter Castellan, would you happen to have the exact title of the Facebook page for returning the Augustus to Italy? I tried finding it, but no luck so far with FB’s search function.

  17. Peter Knego

    July 21, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    Thanks, everyone! Happy you are enjoying this revival of one of our early pre-Decked! ship history/ours. Martin is working on the rough of the second part of this and we will post it asap. Many others to follow in due course.

    As for bringing AUGUSTUS back to Italy, I think everyone is in favor except for the Italians. I understand the proposal has been officially turned down by the port of Genoa, so another avenue needs to be explored.

    Her owners keep offering her for sale but are fortunately asking a very high price that no shipbreaker would pay (so long as scrap is at a low). Still, this is unsettling and it would be a massive loss to the maritime world if she were to head off to India (or, worse, China, where nothing could be saved).

  18. Peter Castellan

    July 22, 2010 at 4:15 am

    Hi Kalle Id, the exact name of the facebook page is called Save the Augustus. Shame th,e Genovese don’t want her back, maybe another port Naples, Trieste. Us Italians pride ourselves on our history it would be a shame to let this part of it go to ruin.

  19. Hank

    July 22, 2010 at 6:14 am

    uh oh. Sounds like the Kungsholm. Which I wish to see preserved too. You know what? Why not all of them? I want to see all preserved.

  20. Kalle Id

    July 23, 2010 at 3:34 am

    Thank you, Peter Castellan. I fond the correct place and am now enjoying the pictures (sadly I can’t speak italian so most of the other goings of the group are lost on me).

    It seems to be a general problem with saving liners what while almost everyone wants to save ’em (or at least no-one has anything against that), but few cities seem to be willing to accommodate a ship on a permanent basis.

  21. Giulio Cocozza

    July 23, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Sono un crocerista che sin dal 1956 ho fatto una crociera sulla Giulio Cesare, poi nel 1972 sulla Augustus e sempre nel 1972 di ritorno a Buenos Aires sulla Giulio Cesare, per poi ripartire nel mese di ottobre del 1972 per Napoli Italia, praticamente tre crociere in un anno in ambedue navi, ove hó conosciuto l’attuale mia moglie; una bella storia da ricordare su queste bellissime navi.
    Tanti auguri per la nostra nave Augustus..GIULIO.

  22. Ringo Varisco

    July 24, 2010 at 5:27 am

    So long as the Augustus is still around, the world is a better place. We lovers of classic ocean liners have suffered enough in recent years with the loss of so many beauties. It makes me want to go to my window and scream at the top of my voice ” I’M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE ANYMORE OF THIS”!!!!!, in frustration. Anybody else feel the same? Augustus would look fabulous in any port or harbor around the world – if not in Italy (the so – called “land of miracles”), then somewhere else, so long as the miracle of her existence continues on. By the way, how much are her owners asking for her?

  23. Tom Cacciotti

    August 1, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    Peter, Thank you for this excellent article. I think it is generally agreed that the Augustus and Giulio Cesare were overshadowed by the Doria and Colombo but I’ve always felt there was an exciting purity of form and design to the older ships. As always, you have paid wonderful tribute to the ship you are detailing, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading your descriptions of each passenger deck of the Augustus. I truly hope that I someday have the opportunity to board her.

  24. isabel bodelet

    September 1, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    My father is 75 years old and he traveled in the augustus in 1960, he has so many memories and it´s great for me to see the pictures and read your descriptions…congratulations for having all this materials!!

  25. alfredo

    September 6, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    I traveled on augustus as a cadet with nautical school in cruise .Fantastic ship it doesnt matter to send it at alang In italy we do not preserve ships with history example ausonia.

  26. gabriel

    October 27, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    My grandparents traveled to Europe in the 60 in the first class of steam, I have many pictures of them in there, some in the salo of dancing, playing other games typical of the time on deck. my grandfather also kept a journal during the trip, which was extended to Egypt, and has very good chapters detailing the life on board. excellent website, I loved it. if you need anything alerts.

  27. mario miguel moretta

    December 30, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    Sull’Augustus : Imbarcato l’8 marzo 1968 a Bs. As., sbarcato a Napoli il 24 marzo. Grande classe ed eleganza in ogni dettaglio .Un livello di efficienza tecnica insuperabile della marina mercantile italiana . Personale ottimo e grande cura nei servizi a bordo.
    E’ stato il viaggio più bello della mia vita.

  28. Riccardo Goldoni

    March 3, 2011 at 11:14 am

    Imbarco sull’ Augustus al porto di Santos non mi ricordo se novembre o Dicembre 1963 verso genova, avevo 7 anni. Imbarco nuovamente a Genova sull’ Augusus all’ eta di 9 anni verso Santos nell’ aprile 1965. Chi a fatto questi viaggi puo contattarmi.

  29. Gennaro Greco

    February 19, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    I was 4 years old on April 07 1960 when I arrived on Pier 21. I still remember the white ship. My mother always told me how we were at the bottom of the ship and said most of the time we couldn’t see through the port hole because we were under water. I still have a picture of the four of us having dinner. Great memories even though my mother and I spent most of the time in our cabin due to motion sickness. I would love to see pictures of the cabin we stayed in.

  30. giuseppe guidetti

    July 23, 2012 at 3:16 am

    Hello Everybody,
    My name is Giuseppe (Joe) Guidetti, and I am the son of late Captain Armando Guidetti, whom did quite a few cruises on this stunning ship. It is good to see that, though not not in her prime, she is still around. It is also nice to see there are so many people who still remember both the ship and the fine professionals steering her through the oceans.
    Cheers, G.Guidetti
    Salve a Tutti,
    Mi chiamo Giuseppe Guidetti e sono il figlio del fu CSLC Armando Guidetti, che fece parecchie traversate su questa nave favolosa.E’ bello sapere che è ancora a galla, anche se non più nel suo periodo migliore. E’ anche bello sapere che ci sono molte persone che ancora si ricordano sia la nave sia i bravi professionisti che hanno guidato questa nave attraverso gli oceani.
    Un caro saluto, G. Guidetti

  31. Fernando

    August 29, 2012 at 1:28 am

    My parents met in August in the 50’s, my mother came from a tourist trip to Italy and my father embarked as a stowaway in Spain. Both arrived in Argentina, where years later they married.
    Regards and thanks for this page.

  32. John Weedon

    March 3, 2013 at 4:37 am

    I visited the Augustus while she was in dry dock in Keelung, Taiwan. We had just had a typhoon, and one of the dockyard cranes was lying across her bow! She had a fairly good radio transmitter, a Marconi “Crusader”. I was radio officer on the “Manchester Concept” also in dry dock. All the port’s container cranes were blown over by the typhoon, there was quite a lot of damage to dock buildings. Our ship was OK though.

  33. claudia

    March 1, 2014 at 5:04 am

    Only to give thanks for the report.. I crossed the Atlantic Ocean from Buenos Aires to Genova by this wonderfull ship during the sixties.

  34. sal

    June 7, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    i came to US from Italy in August 1958 on this ship ,remember her fondly, I was 9 years old, and often thought of what happened to her, this site was very informative

  35. sal Ramondell

    June 7, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    I came to US from Italy in August 1958, I was nine years old and remember it well. Often wondered what happened to her, thanks for the site

  36. Frank Geraci

    June 3, 2015 at 11:56 am

    I was 1 and half years old when I left Italy with my parents and my older sister on the Augustus. I do not remember any part of the voyage but only what my parents told us of the trip. It was a pleasure to see this part of my life in pictures by you. My parents pasted away in 2010 and I was able to print your pictures and article about the ship before they past. This brought back a lot of memories for them and enjoyment. Thank you for the memories of joy it brought to my family.

  37. Peter Knego

    June 3, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    Frank, thank you for this wonderful post. I’m so happy your parents enjoyed the photos and text about the AUGUSTUS. She was magnificent and I feel privileged to have been able to walk her decks in the Philippines and again at Alang. My best to you, Peter

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