SS CONTE DI SAVOIA
di Savoia came into existence in parallel with the Rex,
serving the express route between Genoa and New York
between 1932 and 1940. Both ships were brought
into service by the Italia Flotte Riunite in the Autumn
of 1932 but both had originally been ordered by rival
companies and the only similarities between them were
their dimensions, speed and hotel arrangements.
di Savoia and the Rex were conceived to compete with
each other. The Conte di Savoia has many points of
resemblance to the Rex, but she is not identical in
design. If the Rex, with her old-fashioned and
neoclassic décor, could be defined as the last of the
floating palaces, the Conte di Savoia represented an
authentic revolution among ocean liners with her lounges
in a genuinely modern style.
designed speed is the same as that of the Rex. In
May 1933 she secured the westbound record with 27.53
knots from Gibraltar to the Ambrose Light, New York.
She held this record until August 1934, when it was
taken from her by the Rex. She has a raking bow,
but a cruiser instead of a counter stern.
exclusive feature of the Conte di Savoia is the
provision of a stabilizer. This device has been
adopted for the first time in a large passenger liner.
The stabilizer in the Conte di Savoia consists of three
gyroscopes, of the Sperry type, of equal dimensions.
Each gyroscope has a fly-wheel weighing 175 tons and
making 910 revolutions a minute. The total weight
of the stabilizer is 750 tons, and the horse-power
absorbed is 2,000. With the stabilizer in
operation, the vessel will not roll more than five
degrees (two and a half degrees to either side) even in
the roughest weather. Those who are afraid to take
a sea voyage for fear of sea-sickness should therefore
have no qualms about booking in the vessel.
first time an English publication recognized her
Among her many innovations, we should remember that she
was the first in the World to have an anti-roll system
designed to counteract the dreaded mal de mer.
Like all of our ocean liner models, this SS Conte di
Savoia ocean liner model
ship has the following distinguished qualities:
- Scratch built from official plans
hollow hull construction
(very important), weighing less than 10 lbs (A
solid hull of this model would be over 30 lbs
- Windows are cutouts, not black decals
- 95% wood and metal
37" L x 13" T x
7" W (including base's width) $2,700
handling cost: for shipment in the USA: $90,
Canada and Hawaii $180, Europe, Middle East and
Africa $240, Australia and East Asia $310.
It will be added automatically during the
checkout process. Model will arrive in
about seven days. Express 2-day service in
the USA is also available during the checkout
Add light feature:
Add 20 figures
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For a deposit of $200, we can complete one of the above
in about 4 months
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Also be sure to check out our
other beautiful, authentic Italian liners
and SS Andrea
Doria model and the
SS Rex model.