Another shot of that busy day in Genoa harbour in 1977. I wish that I'd taken other photos of this most interesting ship; built as the Panama for Panama Line and later sailed as President Hoover on American President Line's trans-Pacific service. When acquired by Chandris she sailed for some years a
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 SS A. J. Cassatt was laid down on June 20, 1944 at Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard, but upon completion she was acquired by the U.S. Navy on August 10th, 1944 and commissioned as USS Appanoose (AK-226) on September 26th, 1944. Later in commercial service the name was changed to Santa Ana.