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SS CRISTOFORO COLOMBO

SKU: CS0086P

Specification: 85L x 13W x 29H (cm) 33.46L x 5.11W x 11.41H (inch)

Packing volume: 0.078 m³ = 2.75 ft³

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SS CRISTOFORO COLOMBO

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Our model is hand-crafted from hard wood with planks on frame construction and then painted as the real ship. Model is fully assembled and ready for display.

HISTORY

SS Cristoforo Colombo was an Italian ocean liner built in the 1950s, sister ship of the famed and tragic SS Andrea Doria.

Origins and construction

The origins of the Cristoforo Colombo lie in the situation of the Italian Line at the end of World War II. The war had been devastating to them, as two of their newest and largest ships - the SS Rex and SS Conte di Savoia - had been destroyed. The Italian Line at this point decided to build only moderately-sized ships that were very luxurious, comfortable, and stylish.

The Cristoforo Colombo was built in Genoa at the Ansaldo Shipyards. The Andrea Doria was already built by the time Cristoforo Colombo was completed. She was launched in 1953 and was ready for a 1954 maiden voyage. When launched, the Cristoforo Colombo was larger than the Andrea Doria. Hence, the ship was the largest merchant ship in Italian service.

Italian Line service

After the Andrea Doria was sunk after a collision with the MS Stockholm in 1956, the Cristoforo Colombo was on her own until 1960 when the ship was accompanied by the Andrea Doria's replacement, SS Leonardo da Vinci.

In the spring of 1964, the Cristoforo Colombo carried the Pietà from the Vatican to the 1964 New York World's Fair. Pietà was put in a crate that was filled with plastic foam, which was lowered onto a rubber base in the first class pool where the least damage was likely to happen to it. During the actual loading, the Cristoforo Colombo had been put in dry dock so that she would not move and jeopardize the crate and its content. Only easily removable snap hooks secured the crate so that it could be released easily in case of accident. In case the Cristoforo Colombo sank during the voyage, the crate had the ability to float. In New York, the crate was lifted by a heavy-lift floating crane onto a barge that was put alongside the ship.

The Cristoforo Colombo and the Leonardo da Vinci were kept as the flagships and the prime Italian ships on the North Atlantic until 1965, when the new SS Michelangelo and SS Raffaello were placed into service. She was painted entirely white in 1966 in order to match with the other ships in the Italian Line, who had abandoned black as a hull color.

In Popular Culture

The Cristoforo Colombo is prominently featured in the 1962 Warner Bros.' film Rome Adventure starring Suzanne Pleshette, Troy Donahue and Rossano Brazzi.

Retirement from Italian Line service

In 1973, the Cristoforo Colombo gave up the New York service. It was therefore redirected to the Genoa-Barcelona-Lisbon-Rio-Montevideo-BuenosAires service to replace the MS Giulio Cesare that had suffered serious mechanical problems. As the South American service accepted a ship of sub-standard maintenance, she stayed, in part riddled with cockroaches, until 1977. She was then sold to Venezuela, where she was used as an accommodation ship for workers at Puerto Ordaz.

In 1981, the Cristoforo Colombo was sold to US scrappers. However, upon arrival at Kaohsiung, Cristoforo Colombo was towed to Hong Kong with hopes of returning to service. As the ship was expensive to operate (she was designed to operate on an Italian subsidy) and was in poor condition after her time in Venezuela, the Cristoforo Colombo was towed back to Kaohsiung in the autumn of 1982 and scrapped.


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