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    Lloyd Triestino Migrant Ships

    1 Comments by Doc Vernon Published on 8th December 2018 08:34 PM
    Lloyd Triestino Migrant Ships
    Lloyd Triestino Lines re-established their Australian services with a 1924 German built ship the SS Saarbrucken that had been obtained by them in 1937 and had been renamed the Toscana. Although having operated on various services the 9,429 GRT (Gross Registered Tons) SS Toscana commenced a new career as she departed Genoa on October 19, 1948 for her very first voyage to Australia, arriving in Melbourne on November 30, and Sydney on December 2.

    However, Lloyd Triestino realised that they required new and modern ships on the popular service to Australia as the migrant and the tourist passenger service, as well as transporting cargo was in need for superior ships! Thus they had their designers busy with plans that would eventually realise some seven ordered excellent and almost identical looking ships! Being extremely happy with the design and functionality of their larger Australian ships, and the slightly smaller four ships, they signed the contracts with the builders for their Australia class trio being their very first post war newly built liners.


    Saarbrucken; Toscana (1923 - 1962) Originally built as the Saarbrucken for Norddeutscher Lloyd Line, she featured a "corrugated side" hull design which gave her a very distinctive appearance with a bulge amidships, just above the waterline. Sold to the Italian Government in 1935 and transferred to the Lloyd Triestino Line. Served as a Italian hospital ship during the Second World War.

    In 1947, she returned to Lloyd Triestino to be refitted for 136 1st-class and 700 3rd
    class passengers to serve in the Australian emigrant trade. She was renamed Toscana, before entering service on the Trieste-Melbourne-Sydney route, in January 1948. Her route via the Suez included regular stops at Aden, Colombo and Port Said, where thousands of Greek-born Egyptian emigrants boarded for resettlement in Australia. She was withdrawn in October 1960 and went to breakers at Genoa in February 1962.

    Specifications Built by A.G. Weser Actengesellshaft in Bremen, Germany Gross displacement: 9,442 tonnes Length: 139.9 metres Beam: 17.7 metres Propulsion: triple-expansion engines; later twin steam turbines Rigging: 2-masts plus cargo jib cranes Cruising Speed: 12 knots Accommodation: 136 1st-class, 690 3rd-class & 250 crew; later 820 single-class


    MV Australia; Donizetti (1950 - 1977) MV Oceania; Rossini (1950 - 1977) MV Neptunia; Verdi (1950 - 1977) After World war II, Lloyd Triestino Lines had three cargo and passenger vessels built to service the Genoa - Sydney migrant and holiday run. The ships were launched in the following order:

    MV Australia: May 21, 1950 12,839 GRT - Australia service.
    MV Oceania: July 30, 1950 12,839 GRT - Australia service.

    MV Neptunia: October 1, 1951 12,838 GRT - Australia service. MS Australia and her two sisters had white hulls and superstructure, set off by a blue ribbon just below Upper Deck and located at the bow being the company's logo! Their funnels were yellow and topped with a blue cap with a single thin blue stripe close to the top, the traditional Lloyd Triestino colours. Being Cargo Passenger liners, they had three holds forward and two aft.

    The Australia was launched by her builders at Yard number 1758, on May 21, 1950 with a great number of dignitaries present, from Lloyd Triestino, the government and many from high other high ranking families, for obviously this was a big event for the company, being the very first Italian liner built specially for Lloyd Triestino after the World War II. MS Australia was the first of the trio to be completed in April 1951, she was followed rapidly by Oceania just a month later.

    With the first of their post war liners ready, Lloyd Triestino's MS Australia departed on her maiden voyage from Trieste bound for Sydney Australia on April 19, 1951, and she arrived in Fremantle (Perth) on May 11, then continued to Adelaide arriving on May 15, she then arrived in Melbourne on May 17, where she remained there for three days and departed on the 19th.arriving in Sydney on May 22, but just this time she continued to Brisbane sailing along the Brisbane river to the Hamilton wharves on May 24 where she ended her successful maiden voyage.



    Neptunia sails under the Sydney Harbour Bridge

    The general itinerary for the three ships was: Genoa, Naples, Messina, Port Said,Suez, Colombo, Djakarta, Fremantle, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Fremantle, Djakarta, Singapore, Colombo, Cochin, Aden, Suez, Port Said, Messina, Naples to Genoa. These were changes later. In 1956 with the closure of the Suez Canal, the ships were rerouted via South Africa until the Suez was opened again in April 1957, great for the passengers and sightseeing, but costly otherwise.

    By then, first class passenger numbers had fallen significantly, and the ships were reconfigured in 1958 to cater for more tourist class passengers. Lloyd Triestino was now marketing more and more to the younger tourist market, as well as to families going home to Italy and back, or Italians visiting their relatives in Australia, etc., most of whom opted for Tourist Class. At the time, the forward deck was filled in and converted into a lounge. The removal of Third Class reflected the decline of the Assisted Passage migrant trade from Italy. In October 1960, MV Neptunia began operating as a one-class tourist ship.

    MV Neptunia in Fremantle Harbour, 1961

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    The first one the Toscano ,they look like sponson tanks. I would imagine they were an after thought as she likely as not had stability problems. I bet she rolled a bit. I sailed on a Stena RoRo that had sponsons and even with them she rolled like a bit-h.

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