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MV Italia | by Neil Ennis
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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.


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

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Taken on October 2, 2009