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Built as a passenger-cargo vessel under yard 611 by Wm. Beardmore & Co. Ltd., Dalmuir, Scotland for the Lloyd Sabaudo, S.A. per Azioni, Genoa, Italy.
10 February 1921 launched as the CONTE ROSSO one sister the CONTE VERDE.
Tonnage 17,879 grt, 9,909 nrt, dim. 180.1 x 22.6m, length bpp. 173.8m
Powered by four double reduction steam turbines manufactured by the builder, geared to two shafts, 18,500 hp, speed 21 knots.
Cargo capacity 1,500 tons.
Passenger capacity: 342 first class, 214 second, 1,800 steerage.
14 March 1922 completed.

SS CONTE ROSSO was an Italian ocean liner active in the early 20th century.
Named after Amadeus VII, Count of Savoy, the so-called "Red Count", 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.

Service history
The ocean liner was built in the Glasgow yards of William Beardmore and Company for the Italian Lloyd Sabaudo Line and entered service in 1922 carrying passengers between Italy and New York City. She was the first new transatlantic liner built after World War I and the largest Italian liner to date.
In 1928, she was replaced on the New York route by the newer SS CONTE GRANDE and began service between Italy and South America. She was acquired by the Italian Line in 1932 when it took over the Lloyd Sabaudo Line. 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. She also served briefly as an Italian troopship during the Second Italo-Ethiopian War in the 1930s.

Incidents
On 31 January 1925, 19-year-old Antonietta Gigliobianco mysteriously fell overboard from CONTE ROSSO to her death, orphaning her two-year-old son Ernesto. After he was turned over to the ship's chaplain, a media outcry in New York City ensued, which reunited the boy with his father Leonardo Gigliobianco.

Sinking
During World War II, she was used as a troopship by the Italian Government until 24 May 1941, when she was torpedoed and sunk by HMS UPHOLDER. The sinking occurred 16 km (9.9 mi) off the coast of Sicily in position 36 41N 15 42E while in convoy from Naples to Tripoli. Of the 2,729 soldiers and crew aboard, 1,300 were killed.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Conte_Rosso
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