22nd September 2005, 09:39
do you remember the Vulcania (Cosulic) sold to Sicula Oceania and renamed Caribia?

22nd September 2005, 10:51
I do have an Italian text with says that she was sold in 1955 to Sioso-Grimaldi and broken up in 1974 at Kaohsiung.
Il 5 aprile 1955 fu venduto alla Siosa-Grimaldi e per quella compagnia italiana navigò per diversi con il nuovo nome di Caribia. Il 18 settembre 1973 arrivò a Barcellona per essere disarmato, cosa che, però, avvenne solo il 15 marzo1974 a Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
Caribia 1965-1972

Questa è la stessa e gloriosa nave che ai “bei tempi” si chiamò Vulcania. Fu costruita nel 1926 per la Cosulich Line, passò all’Italia Società di Navigazione e poi visse ancora altri sette anni. Per maggiori informazioni si rimanda alle schede del Vulcania, nella sezione Cosulich Line, oppure alla sezione dell'Italia Società di Navigazione. Questo Caribia, come il Vulcania, aveva una stazza di 24.000 tonnellate e raggiungeva la velocità di più di 20 nodi marittimi. Fu tutta imbiancata per assumere l'aspetto di nave crociera ed ebbe modifiche anche al fumaiolo; assunse, così, l’aspetto di nave moderna e bella, che però, putroppo, nel 1972 affondò al largo di Cannes cosi come successe al Venezuela.
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22nd September 2005, 12:41
Excellent information Ruud,now I will have to spend hours trying to translate into English.

22nd September 2005, 12:54
Ahoy R58484956,
Here is a much quicker way to translate, it's free and not correctly, but it comes close to it and with a little imagination, you've got your answer in several languages and it's done in seconds.

3rd October 2005, 19:46
Excellent information Ruud,now I will have to spend hours trying to translate into English.

Hello, you lazy guy!
Here is a translation (I hope quite correct!):

The April 5 th 1955 she was sold to the Siosa-Grimaldi and for that Italian company she sailed for many years with the new name of "Caribia". The September 18 th 1973 she arrived at Barcelona, Spain, to be scrapped, thing that, however, happened only on March 15th 1974 at Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

“Caribia” 1965-1972.
This is the same and glorious ship that, in her “heydays”, was called “Vulcania”. She was built in 1926 for the Cosulich Line, and later transferred to the “Italia Società di Navigazione” (Italian Line).There she still lived others seven years. For better information see the cards of the “Vulcania”, in the section Cosulich Line, or the section of “Italia Società di Navigazione”.
“Caribia”, alike “Vulcania”, had a tonnage of 24.000 tons, and reached a speed of more than 20 knots. She was given a white livery to give her the look of cruise ship, and her funnel too was modified; she assumed, so, the look of a modern and beautiful ship, that however, unfortunately, sank off Cannes, France, in 1972, as happened to “Venezuela”.

If you need more translations from Italian to English, please don't exitate to ask!


28th December 2005, 16:26
hi guys, was Vulcania one of the two liners (the other is Saturnia) which were appointed as war reparations, according to Article 74 of the Peace Treaty with Italy signed in 1947?


Bruce Carson
28th December 2005, 17:34
Between layups, in the early part of WWII, the 'Vucania' transported Axis troops and was later chartered by the Red Cross for repatriation voyages.
After the Italian surrender, she became a US troop transport in October, 1943.
She was handed back to Italy in late 1946.
The 'Saturnia' was laid up in 1940 and two years later was chartered by the Red Cross and then returned to lay up.
She became a USN troop transport in late 1943 and at the beginning of 1945 was refitted as the USHS 'Frances Y. Slanger'. In service as a troop transport again in 1946 under her original name. Back to Italia at the end of the same year.

Bruce C.

Bruce Carson
28th December 2005, 23:47
This the one you are looking for?
That's another 'Caribia', built by Blohm & Voss at Hamburg for HAPAG's West Indies-Central America service in 1932. She measured 12,049GT, 497' x 65', twin screw motorship. 17 knots, 234 1st, 103 tourist and 110 3rd class passengers.
German naval accomodation ship at Flensburg during the war.
She went to Britain, then the United States in 1945 and finally to the USSR as war reparations in 1946 and was renamed 'Ilitch'.
Apparently scrapped in 1983.

Bruce C.

24th December 2007, 23:27
The Vulcania and the Saturnia sailed for the Italian Line between Trieste and New York until around 1964, if I am not mistaken. I think the C.Colombo took over their duties after the Michaelangelo and Rafaello came on line. The Vulcania and her sister were probably in many ways the two most successful liners in Italian Line history. They sailed as purpose built for almost 30 years and also served towards the end of WWII for the US and allied forces. I was scheduled to sail on the Vulcania with my family in the summer of 1959 from Venice to New York, but the sailing was cancelled due to seaman's strike. I always regretted not sailing on her because she supposedly had some really amazing interiors. She also had a whole deck of first class cabins with private verandahs, and we had been slated to occupy two of them. Oh, well.........