Sunday, January 22, 2012

CRISTOFORO COLOMBO, one of the nicest ships ever built


This post is dedicated to all the Italian followers of this blog. This past week saw an unprecedented number of pageviews from Italy, I was really pleased to notice that the post "WILLEM RUYS BECOMES ACHILLE LAURO" is the most popular post of this blog, leading by far all the posts related to the COSTA CONCORDIA's tragedy, so despite the relevance of the tragic events which obviously dominated the news not just in Italy but around the world, there is an obvious interest on Italian passenger liners and this is reassuring for me, I do believe that the most beautiful liners came out of Italy, this is why I have chosen CRISTOFORO COLOMBO for many the most elegant liner ever built as a testimony of appreciation to the great nation that Italy was and still is as far as shipping and ship building is concerned, so thank you to all my Italian followers, I will endeavour to carry on with the best possible work on this blog. Postcards of my collection

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  1. Dear Vitor, I remember "Cristoforo Coloombo" when he was in Azores in the years 60. In that time many people from Azores traveler to and from USA on board of ships of Italian Line. I have 2 photos of "VULCANIA" and "SATURNIA" anchors in Ponta Delgada in 1939.

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    1. My mother in law came over on the SS Saturnia. Can you email pictures? bhgministries@aol.com She wanted film footage. Do you know where we might get any?

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  2. Hi Antonio, thanks for your comment, Italian passenger liners were unbeatable for me in terms of design, I used to go on board C COLOMBO between 1974 and 1975 and she was something..... Amazing liner, ships like her are always with me

    All the best
    Vitor

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  3. Hello , My father came to America on this ship in 1954 from ,gioia Calabria ,Italy. He says it was a very nice ship but was sick most of the way here lol . but had great storys about the cruze.....thank you Anthony.

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    1. Thank you for your comment Tony, she was a brilliant ship, one of the best looking passenger liners of all time in my opinion

      BR

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  4. hello nice to see this post i came from calabria on this ship with my family i was 10 years old in 1969 boarded in messina to palermo,napoli,malaga,lisbon,passed the azores and halifax then to toronto by train what great memories just today my mother showed me a picture of us departing from messina on the ship thats how i found this blog we came from monsoreto calabria my name is bartolomeo manfre

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    1. Was it in October of 1969? Because I believe I was on the same sailing except we boarded in Naples

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    2. I was on this ship with my family in December of 1971 I was 12 yrs old. We boarded in Palermo Sicily to Naples, Malaga, Lisbon, Halifax to New York. I Can't seem to find a passenger list.

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  5. Thank you for your comment Bartolomeo

    :)

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  6. In 1958, at the age of 4, I came to America with my mother. I have very vague memories of the journey but remember that my mother was always sick and the stewardesses took care of me and a young boy. They let us deliver the newspapers and place them under the doors of the cabins while yelling "posta!"

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    1. In1958 I also made the journey from Genoa to New York. I was 10 years old. I don't remember where we were checked in since Ellis Island was closed would you know

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    2. Thanks for the comment above, unfortunately don't know where people used to check in apart from Ellis Island

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  7. thanks for your comment Rose

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  8. My father came to the USA in 1954 on the Cristoforo Columbo , he always talked about how beautiful it was. He came from L"Aqulia Abrussi made the trip 3 times married my mother the first time then came back for good. Always loved his stories about his trips , I miss him dearly....

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    1. For many fans of the Cristofo Columbo cruise liner one can revisit the past and actually see the ship on film. The ship including the famous port in New York filled with Italians can be seen in a remarkable DVD digitally remastered film called ROME ADVENTURE with Rossano Brazzi, Suzane Pleshette (her film debut) and Troy Donohue.

      http://www.amazon.com/Rome-Adventure-DVD/dp/B001QYOY3S

      This is a truly beautiful film with spectacular scenes of Rome and many locales in Italy. But for fans of the famous Cristofo Columbo cruise liner this is THE FILM where you can see the famous cruiseliner one more time. It was truly one of the most elegant cruise liners of all times. There is a 15 to 20 minute segment that is filmed on the ship including the cruise back to New York harbor from Naples. Enjoy the film and a flash back to a time of our parents and relatives who came to America on the Cristofor Columbo. ENJOY!

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  9. Thank you for your comment Anthony, she was a remarkable ship indeed

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  10. I came to NYC with the Cristforo Colombo in 1969 I believe October. The voyage was very shaky and it lasted almost 2 weeks because of strikes in different ports. Anyone come on the same voyage? Would love to touch base

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    1. My parents and me (I was 7) were on that voyage. I remember very well how rocky that voyage. My mom was sure we were going to die. My mom was telling me that the crew was crying. But we made it.

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  11. Marilyn, thank you for your comment

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  12. Where can we get some memorbilia for Cristoforo Columbo, I want to put together a scap book of my father, and I want to include the ship pictures. Any models made of this ship??

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  13. Anthony, thank you for your comment, memorabilia I suggest you visit ship shows, for model of the ship suggest www.scherbakshipmodels.com

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  14. My husband and I are watching the Titanic Blood and Steel, series. Which led us to research the Olympic cruise ship and brought us to your blog. We further decided to look up my wife's trip to the US on the Cristoforo Columbo in June of 1959. We sailed out of Marseilles and arrived in New York on June 9.

    Thank you for the wonderful memories. The ship was luxurious. We also were sick as many other people seemed to indicate. I would love to see pictures from the interior. Again, thank you.

    Fabienne

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  15. In 1962, it must have been December, my dad, who wouldn't fly, took us from NY to Italy aboard the C Colombo. I was 11 years old and I'll never forget the voyage; at one point the waves were seemingly the size of "skyscrapers" and the ship handled them magnificently. I am so grateful to see some pictures of her and read these other posts. Thanks. Paul

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  16. thanks for your comment Paul, please continue to visit this blog, as I will be posting new photos of CRISTOFORO COLOMBO

    BR
    Vitor

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  17. I sailed on the Columbo in 1971 as a 9 year with my Grandmother. I have many kodak pictures. I have the first class menu from that cruise and the passenger list plus the fold out map of the ship level by level.

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  18. thanks for all the comments above

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    1. we came over in Dec. of 1963 with my parents i was 9 yrs old, this year celebrating 50th anneversary in the new world,going back to New York, any one know the pier that Cristoforo Colombo docked

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  19. Pier 84, Hudson River, NYC

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  20. I traveled with my mother and aunt on the Cristoforo Colombo in 1960. We were returning from Europe and boarded the ship in Gibralter. It was winter - we crossed at the end of January - but I loved everything about the crossing. I remember the afternoon concerts and a men's chorale singing "Cristoforo Columbo" each day at the concert. I still have some daily menus from that cruise.

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  21. I came on the Cristoforo Colombo in November 1954 I was 6 yrs old. I came with my Mother and Father and sister and brother.I remember very little about the ship,only that eveyone was sick,except my dad and I. I remember going to dinner with him.We landed in New York and took the train to Oakland Calif.

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  22. How can I find out about a specific voyage from Gibraltar to New York in March 1964?

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  23. I was 9 years old when my mother & 2 sisters came to America on January 29th 1958, we left from Naples. Being a kid with no responsibilities I had a great time on board roaming the whole ship. One day I was caught in the captain's cabin & the captain gave me a tour of the ship, places most people don't see regularly. We didn't have the best accommodation but that didn't matter, to me it was a great adventure. During the voyage we hit a very bad storm & I remember grabbing onto a table leg that was drilled on deck & she was really rocking, I had a great time. At this age now I would have been petrified but as a kid it was great! To this day I can still remember how I felt when I saw the Statue of Liberty & the American flag for the first time, truly amazing. I don't believe that American born citizens appreciate it like I do. I googled to find a passenger manifest but am not having much luck, I would appreciate any direction given me. This past Christmas my nephew gave me a large matted picture frame with several pictures of my ship that he purchased on e-bay, it brought tears to my eyes.

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  24. Hello.. thank you for setting up this blog. My father was 19 when he came to America from Italy in April 1962. So you have any passenger lists from that year. It would be so amazing to show my children of their grandfathers voyage. Looking forward to your response.

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  25. I traveled on the CRISTOFORO COLOMBO to America from Naples Italy & arrived in NYC on 1/30/58. I have searched numerous websites trying to locate the ship's manifest, menu, etc for that trip. I would like to share this very special voyage with my 2 grandchildren. If anybody out there can help me with either copies or perhaps a website where I can obtain these items, it would make me very happy. Thank you in advance.

    Thank you so much for setting up this wonderful blog, I truly enjoy it.

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    1. Hi Carmela, I've also been trying to find passenger lists from the SS Cristoforo Colombo's 1958 voyages, but haven't been able to locate any. Unfortunately, the National Archives only has passenger lists up until 1957. Have you found any information since your last post?

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    2. Hi, Nice to see your post & unfortunately have no additional information other than what I wrote on my previous posts, not for the lack of trying. I was also able to find that the National Archives only has passenger lists up until 1957. I was able, however, to find information on the Archives for my father, brother & sister who immigrated July 1956. Please keep me in mind should you find any information for January 1958.

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    3. Hi Carmela, I spoke with National Archives and they said that the 1958 to 1964 records should be available on Ancestry.com within the next two years. Although they have been legally available for some time now (the 50 year privacy period having expired) they were kept from public use because of their poor condition and no second copies available. Apparently, the microfilm is so fragile that if placed in a viewer it would almost certainly break. Ancestry has sole use for 4 years at which time the records become more widely available. Because of budget cuts it's unlikely that the National Archives will have them ready for public use before Ancestry, which is privately funded through subscriptions. They may not be arranged by name as are the prior records, but by port of entry. Apparently, the National Archives had arranged the previous records prior to Ancestry receiving them. Hope this helps. Daniel

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    4. Daniel, Thank you so very much for the information you provided me. Although I cannot retrieve the records now, at least I know they will be available in a couple of years. I'd like to know why these years are in such poor condition, since prior years have been kept in better condition & available without any delay.
      I've waited this long, I guess I can wait another couple of years.
      Daniel, again I thank you for sharing your research, it is most helpful. I'm curious, were you a passenger on the SS Cristoforo Colombo's January 1958 voyage or are you searching for someone else. Thanks again, it's nice to hear from you.

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  26. My name is Vincenza Ilardi and I was just turning 5 years old when we arrived in New York from Italy ( maybe Palermo) in 1969, May 2 nd to be exact. I also remember my family feeling seasick. I believe we were inoculated on the ship. Was anyone else on the ship during that specific time? Is there a list of names somewhere of the passengers?

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  27. MAY 1958,MY FAMILY AND SAILED FROM NAPLES ON THE CRISTOFORO COLOMBO

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