Saturday, December 10, 2011

the end of the line for MS "AUGUSTUS"






I've recently heard about the beaching of former ITALIAN LINE beauty "AUGUSTUS" at Alang in India, which marks the end of a long career for this Italian liner, one of the ships of my youth. "AUGUSTUS" is one of my special ships I went on board the vessel a couple of times in Lisbon in 1975 when she was a regular visitor, at the time on the Italian to South America route, I know we can't compare former liners with cruise ships today but these old liners had an incomparable atmosphere, we could feel the excitement of their passengers on these long voyages, the days of the only way to cross were no longer there, but regular transatlantic services were still in place and I feel very honoured to have lived those days. "AUGUSTUS" was built by CANTIERI RIUNITI DEL ADRIATICO in 1952, the ship departed for her maiden voyage on the 19th November 1952, she was 27.090 GRT and her diesel engines could propel the ship to a maximum of 23.5 knots, she was sold by ITALIAN LINE in 1976, eventually she became the Manila Hotel based "PHILIPPINES" until recently finally being sold to scrap, postcards above of my private collection, the ship at Alang and a postcard of "AUGUSTUS" sister ship "GIULIO CESARE" scrapped in 1973

5 comments:

  1. I do agree with all the concepts you've offered to your post. They are very convincing and will definitely work. Nonetheless, the posts are too short for beginners. May you please extend them a little from subsequent time? Thank you for the post.
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  2. Thank you for your comment, really appreciated, you've got a point but I have so may things to write about these ships that I like to spread the info in different posts, I try not to concentrate all info in one post and be original, so many thins have been written throughout the years about these ships, will take on board your comment and will take posts further in terms of information

    All the best

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  3. I travel in the last trip from Genoa to Montevideo in 1976 I never will forget !!!
    Gady / Pedro from Sendai ,Japan

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  4. Veo hoy las fotografías del MS AUGUSTUS y es como retornar en el pasado! En junio de 1973 viajé en este barco de Montevideo a Barcelona. Durante dos semanas ha sido el MS Augustus mi compañero de viaje. Gracias!!!
    Desde Torrelobatón, Edison Acosta (Paso de los Toros, Uruguay)

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  5. Cuanta tristeza el ver fotos del desaguase de ese maravilloso barco, viajé en él junto a mis padres en el 66, desde Argentina hasta Italia, recuerdo el bautismo en su piscina al cruzar el ecuador, y la sala de juegos donde aprendí a jugar a las damas. Que recuerdos hermosos de mi infancia.

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