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SS CONTE ROSSO

SS Conte Rosso was an Italian ocean liner that entered service in 1922 carrying passengers between Italy and New York.  She was the first new transatlantic liner built after World War I and the largest Italian liner to date. 

Named after Amadeus VII, Count of Savoy, the so-called "Red Count", the Conte Rosso was noted for her lavish Italian interior decoration. Because much of its sailing would be in warmer waters, the designers included an outdoor dining area, unusual for ships of this era. Her sister ship was SS Conte Verde.

In 1928, Conte Rosso began service between Italy and South America.  In 1932, she began serving the Trieste–Bombay–Shanghai route, and thus became one of the major escape routes for the Jewish population of Germany and Austria as Shanghai was one of the few places that did not require paid emigration visas. 

During World War II, Conte Rosso was used as a troop ship by the Italian Government until May 24, 1941, when she was torpedoed and sunk by HMS Upholder.  The sinking occurred 16 km off the coast of Sicily while in convoy from Naples to Tripoli. Of the 2,729 soldiers and crew aboard, 1,300 were killed.

 
           
 
 

  




This SS Conte Rosso ship model  features:

- Plank-on-frame, hollow hull construction, weighing less than 10 lbs  (A solid hull of this model would be over 30 lbs which feels like a heavy toy rather than an art piece.)

- Hollow superstructure is comprised of many individual thin pieces of wood glued together, not several solid pieces of wood stacking on top one another.

- Windows are cutouts (not black decals), thanks to the hollow structures.

-  No computer-printed paper deck

- >95% of parts are wood and metal
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36" long x 12" tall x 7" wide (including base dimensions)   $2,200    S & H is $90

                                                                                     Add light feature:  $200
 

Display case: http://www.modelshipmaster.com/products/accessory/displaycase.htm

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