MV Italia

GRT 20,223
Length 609 Feet
Breadth 78 Feet

Built by Blohm & Voss of Hamburg in 1928 for Swedish American Line (SAL) she was named “Kungsholm”. She ran on the North Atlantic route between Europe and North America in the 1930’s.

She was requisitioned by the US Government during World War II and renamed “John Ericsson”. During the war she operated as a troop carrier and took part in the invasion of Normandy on D-Day in 1944.

Sold to Home Lines in 1948, she was refitted and renamed “Italia”. She served until 1964 when she was sold to Freeport Bahama Enterprises who renamed her “Imperial Bahama” and used her as a floating hotel.

She was sold for scrap in 1965.

This is a Postcard from Dan in Georgia. Dan is a kindred spirit who loves Ships, Airships Old Aircraft and postcards. He runs the AirShips.Net website dedicated to the Hindenburg and other Zeppelins.

Thanks for the fantastic postcards, Dan. I’ve sent a couple more in reply!

53 comments to MV Italia

  • Christl Lessard

    My family and I emigrated to the US in November 1954 on the Italia. I was 10 years old at the time so I don’t remember too much. I know at one time I snuck over to first class. We were scheduled to come in May but due to quotas in those days we had to delay till November. We came directly into New York Harbor, because they had closed Ellis Island during the summer. I have menus from every day on board. Would love to hear from anyone who was on the Italia at that time.

  • Diane Palme

    Thank you for this page! As part of going through my parents’ effects, I found my mother’s immigration card that shows she came across on the MS Italia on the 16-April to 25-April sailing in 1955.

    I knew they came via Canada, eventually ending up in Milwaukee.

    Will also be looking for passenger manifests at some of the sites suggested. You all have made my day.

  • Peter Zimmermann

    Ulrike Klopfer,

    Sorry for taking almost two years to reply. I had thought that the arrival date in Halifax was June 6th. I don’t suppose that the ship went to NY and then Toronto 2 days later.

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