HMCS PRINCE ROBERT
THE PRINCE ROBERT - LUCANIA STORY IIThe Prince Robert was built by Cammell Laird Shipyard (Birkenhead, U.K.) in 1930 as a coastal liner for the Canadian National Steamships, a subsidiary of the C. N. Railway. It was commissioned on July 31, 1940 and underwent many modifications as an anti-aircraft Armed Merchant Cruiser during WWII. H.M.C.S. Prince Robert was decommissioned December 10, 1945. After the war it was again substantially modified as the Charlton Sovereign (1948). The ship was bought by the Grimaldi Line in 1952 and renamed Lucania. She was the first Grimaldi ship to receive considerable rebuilding before entering their migrant service to central America. The ship ended its service with Grimaldi in 1962 and was later scrapped.
HMCS Prince Robert in the early days of WWII
HMCS after many wartime modifications
Grimaldi-SIOSA (Sicula Oceanica Societa per Azioni of Palermo) Line
The Grimaldi brothers were nephews of Achille Lauro, the famous Naples shipowner. They built up a fleet of cargo ships before WWII. They decided there was a post-war market for cheap emigrant and refugee ships, and acquired a number of elderly vessels which received little upgrading. Initial services were from Italy to Central America, but North Atlantic services were operated later.
|Ascania - 1955-68
Auriga - 1949-57
Ausonia - 1983-96
Caribia - 1965-82
Centauro - 1951-55
Irpinia - 1955-81
La Superba - 2002-
|Lucania - 1951-62
Repubblica di Venezia
Urania II - 1950-54
Venezuela - 1956-62
LUCANIA:Lucania, a place in Southern Italy
Mount Lucania, a pyramidal summit deep in the glaciated wilderness of Canada's Yukon Territory.
The original Lucania was a Cunard Lines ship that made many Atlantic crossings. It was a smaller predecessor of the Titanic.
Official Grimaldi postcard of Lucania.
the Lucania Story Part I
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H.M.C.S. PRINCE ROBERT TRIBUTE
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