Another Percy Loomis Speer shot taken on 15 May, 1935, this time showing the Empress of Britain, and Conte De Savoia departing New York under some rather cloudy skies. Speer took his pictures between the years 1929 and 1941, in all, he took about 45,000 images, which is quite impressive, especially
This view of liners at New York was taken from a New York newspaper of the time. It shows Europa, Rex, Normandie, Georgic, and Berengaria all tied up at the piers in the summer of 1937. Only one of these ships would survive WW2 unscathed, and one would be sitting in a scrapyard, being demolished w
Here is a stern view of Italys Rex, also taken in Genoa, with the ship dressed overall. This ship IMO was one of the few that didnt look as good photographed from the stern. It just seems odd that, with the exception of her funnels, her lifeboats were, for the most part, the tallest structures s
Italys Conte Biancamano is shown entering the Pacific Side of the Panama Canal in March, 1940. Italy was still neutral at this time, so the Italian Line sent the ship on cruises out of New York to a variety of different destinations, mainly in the South Atlantic. The ship wears her countrys flag
The North Tower of the World Trade Center and RAFFAELLO's towering forward funnel are seen in this Lido Deck view, taken as the Italian liner headed downstream on the hot and humid afternoon of 28 July 1973.
Italy's Conte Biancamano of 1925, is shown nearing the Gaillard Cut while passing through the Panama Canal in March, 1940. The liner would be seized by the American Government a year later while docked in New York. She would become the US Transport Hermitage (AP-54), and as such would serve the Al
Here is another view of the Conte Di Savoia at an undisclosed location dated 1938 on the back of the photo. There are plenty of awning spars set up in both the liners well deck, and on the forward end of the superstructure itself, although no canvas is mounted on any of them. That fact, as well a
The lovely Conte Di Savoia is seen at her home port of Genoa, Italy in 1937. She was the first liner to have anti rolling gyroscopes fitted into her design. They were intended to end heavy rolling at sea. However, through their operation, it was discovered that they actually pronounced steep roll
The Italian Liner Rex is shown coming back down the Hudson River after turning around upstream in preparation for her docking on September 16, 1939. The picture was taken from the second class promenade deck of the Aquitania, which had just arrived about an hour earlier. One has got to wonder what
The Aquitania and the Rex are seen together in New York in this image from September, 1939. Aquitania is already painted in a coat of wartime gray, while the Italian liner continued to sail on the Southern route between Italy and New York.