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Lauro Line: SS Roma 1953 tissue Deck Plan.

Pristine deck plan for the little Italian lady … she was pretty cute! The plan is color coded by class… and has excellent furniture graphics: there are even sun umbrellas and table show on the decks! Excellent condition!

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Sitmar Line: Fairsea DeckPlans

Another beloved little lady for the Sitmar Line … the darling little white Fairsea. This is a great little heavy tissue/newsprint deck plan that shows all passenger decks and includes a port side profile drawing of the ship. Dated 1/64 this plan is in great condition … and the ship is advertised and fully air conditioned. Great details with furnishings show very concisely!

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Italian Line: Conte di Savoia Publicity Rendering # 2

A second Publicity rendering for the Conte Di Savoia. Interesting this one is older … the funnels are clearly shown in LLoyd Sabaudo colors. She would never be painted as such … Mussolini combined all the Italian lines under the “Italia” banner before her construction was completed. She was the running mate for the speedy SS Rex.

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Italian Line: Conte di Savoia Publicity Rendering

OUTSTANDING Conte Di Savoia Publicity rendering. The lovely Conte is shown in Italia Colors … so the rendering was completed after Mussolini “strongly encouraged” the various Italian Lines to combine under the Italia Banner. I preferred her over the REX … her interiors were much more modern and “DECO” .. Pulitzer Knew what he was doing! She was destroyed by Allier aircraft toward the end of WW2.

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Home Lines: Giant Colored Homeric Tissue Deck Plan

Amazing giant tissue plan for the Homeric. The first class public areas are highlighted in red … and the tourist areas are shown in light blue. There are a few notes from the prior owner … several cabins are marked with passenger names and there are a few hand drawn arrows. I love these added quirks and notes.. it really personalizes the plan. Nice profile picture and rendering of the ship! In great shape.. just a tiny bit of seam separation at the folds.

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Home Lines: Homeric dual boxed set of cards

Magnificent dual set of cards for the amazing Homeric …my favorite Home Lines lady. The cards are in excellent shape one deck has a yellow boarder. the second set in light blue.The ship was quite beloved .. and last until her engines were just too old and worn out to keep in service.

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Italian line: Conte Di Savoia Porthole Press Photo

A great view of the Savoia taken from the porthole of the Bergensfjord. Dated December 23rd 1939 … the side of the ship clearly shows there Italian Line markings added after the beginning of WW2. The image of the ship is bright and clear .. with faint wisps of smoke exiting her funnels. Excellent condition!!

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Italian line: Conte Di Savoia Press Photo

Lovely photo of the Conte Di Savoia dated on the back from states it was published in the Boston Herald on November 27th 1932… a few days before he maiden voyage and shows her decks are awash in masses of people. A note on the back states she is the first stabilized ship .. though these stabilizers did prove to be ineffective. Her maiden voyage was marred by and incident that blew a small hole in the side of the ship and caused some flooding. Great condition!

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Homes Lines: Homeric Fold Out Deck Plan Brochure 1964

Lovely 7 day Nassau cruise fold out for the Homeric in early mid 1964. I have to hand it to Home Lines … they sure hopped on the cruise business early and developed quite the following. This brochure has deck plans rate schedules and Lots and lots of photos. The 2 Dining room photos are the best I have ever seen for the Lovely ex-Matson ship. Great condition, except for a tape scuff as seen on the front cover.

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Home Lines” Italia 1962-63 sailing and deckplan

Wonderful folding deck plan that is all inclusive… lots of pictures, generous deck plans, rates, timetables and info! Home lines knew how to do these brochure correctly and efficiently. The old gal was billed as completely air conditioned by this time … she stared her life for SAL decades before as their first Kungsholm. Great conditions with a few tiny holes at the fold lines.

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Lloyd Triestino: MS Africa colored deckplan.

Great little 1952 tissue deck plan for this little lady. The colored areas show rooms that had air conditioning … great amenity and almost required for her warm weather route! In good shape, except for a little notch tear/clip and the very top fold.

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Italian Line: Conte Di Savoia Press Anti-Rolling Photo rendering

Cool and almost pristine Press photo / rendering showing the Conte’s anti-rolling machinery. The text is no longer with the picture .. but it perhaps was touting the new stabilizing equipment. In the end, it was not very successful, and alas the conte did not survive WW2. The photo is in almost perfect shape and printed on rather heavy stock.

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Home Lines: SS Atlantic Resin Souvenir Tray

Excellent resin trays … these look to have never been used. They are a little bigger than most resin ship trays… and have a much higher edge construction. The Atlantic was one of Home Lines last ships and was modeled heavily on the Oceanic of 1965 and recently was retired from MSC Cruises.

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Italian Line: 1963 Vulcania Deck Plan

Great deck plan form 1962 for the Vulcania She helped revive Italian Lines service after WW2 and then survived well into the decade of the 60’s .. then she went onto other owners for further service! She had such a long life. Her post WW2 interiors were a mixture of 50’s moderne and pre war tradition. A great folding deck plan is excellent shape.

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Italian Line: Vulcania 1955 booklet deckplan

Wonderful 1955 deck plan for one of the longest serving liners ever! She helped revive Italian Lines service after WW2 and then survived well into the decade of the 60’s … I would have loved to see those Baroque interiors! Very good condition and wonderful item for your collection.

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Sitmar Line: Onboard and unofficial souvenir Ashtray

Lovey ashtray from one of the  lovely Sitmar “V” ships. These would have been easy free souvenirs for passengers … and also probably available in the gift shop. A nice additional to any collection.

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Adriatica Line: Ausonia deckplan 1967

A gem of a color coded tissue deck plan for the little Italian gal! She sure was a good looking little lady … and chock full of lovely Italian art. My favorite item being the Luzatti stairway panels my buddy peter saved and has for sale on www.midshipcentury.com. She like so many others …ender her career at Alang. The plan is in good shape … but does have some extra wrinkles around the fold lines (probably was folded incorrectly at some point).

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Italian line: Mike and Ralph deckplan 1973 MM17

A very nice DP for the Mike and Ralph … and certainly close to the end of their Italian Line career. Both ships went to Iran to be used as barracks .. and were destroyed from abandonment, abuse and finally enemy missile fire. Love comparing DP’s year to year to see the changes that took place.  The plan is in great as new condition.

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Lauro Line: Roma tissue deckplan dated 1953

Nice darling colored tissue deck plan for Lauro’s little Roma. She began life as a WW2 C3 type freighter built in Seattle, and she was purchased by Lauro after the hostilities and rebuilt into their little passenger and cruise ship Roma. She had simple but tasteful Italian interiors and was a popular vessel for the Lauro line. The little deck plan is in great shape with a few folding wrinkles.

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Home Lines: SS Oceanic 1975 “Linger Longer” cruise deckplan folder.

Home Lines did such marvelous deckplans in the 70’s .. and certainly this one does not disappoint! It is almost completely dedicated to the ship with colorful pictures and color coded plans on 8 double sided pages .. the center spread covers cabins and rates. A few scribbles and scuffs … but otherwise in great shape! The plan was issued 8/1/1974.

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Italian / Cosulich Line: Vulcania West Indies and SA Cruise Deckplan

Huge cruise plan for the Vulcania’s 2 twenty day West Indies and South American cruises overlapping Jan/Feb/March 1930. This plan is so huge and colorful … you can almost step right into the rooms. The key even shows little line drawings of the furniture used in the staterooms. The plan has a few separations at the seam lines including a set of 1.5″ tears at one edge. Wonderful graphics and 4 large onboard photos .. 3 of which show her lavish interiors. If this is your ship … this is a must have deckplan.

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Italian Line: Life Afloat Logbook of the T/V Raffaello

Nice special issue of the Corriere del Mare.. the Ralph’s newspaper. This is a very early issue (maybe the first) as it talks about the new ship and is loaded with all sorts of trivia info! … Love the “Why is a Ship a She” piece. One side is English the other Italian! Since I do not speak Italian, I have no idea if the information matches side to side.

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Italian Line: Mike, Ralph and Ansaldo NY Times supplement

A nice 4 page supplement announcing the building of the Italian twins ,celebrating the Mike’s September 16th 1962 launch and offering 2 pages of info about the Ansaldo shipyard improvements and their ships. The edges of this supplement are a little battered, but the info and images are great. The picture of the Mike thundering down the ways is outstanding!

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Home Lines: Oceanic and Atlantic countercard

Excellent counter card for the Oceanic and Atlantic … showing the Atlanic being escorted by smaller watercraft. The Atlantic was the second to the last ship built for Home lines and joined the Oceanic in 1982. There were both eventually sold to Premier to become sister “starships”. This came from the amazing Braynard collection that covered all aspects of the maritime world.

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Home Lines: Oceanic Counter Card

 A lovely counter card for the Home Lines Oceanic. She was going to be a crosser… but the plans changed and she became an amazing cruiser. Her rooms were filled with the highest caliber of modern Italian design and art. sadly, she wis ending her days. I will miss her! The edges have a few small bumps , and there is a u shaped bend above the word “built”.. otherwise excellent!

 

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