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Post by shipstamps » Sun Dec 28, 2008 7:51 am

Builder: Cantieri Riuniti dell' Adriatico, Mon¬falcone, Italy.
Completed: July 1965.
Gross tonnage: 45,933.
Dimensions: 905ft x 102ft. Depth,52ft.
Engines: Four steam turbines, double-reduction geared.
Screws: Twin.
Watertight bulkheads: Sixteen.
Decks: Six.
Normal speed: 26.50 knots. (Attained a speed of 30.15 knots on her trials.)
Passenger accommodation: 535 first, 550 cabin and 690 tourist class.
Maiden voyage: Genoa–Cannes–Naples–New York on July 18, 1965.
Employed in the Genoa–Cannes–Naples–Alge¬ciras–New York service with cruises to the West Indies during the off season. Her funnels are con structed of fibre glass and she has a bulbous bow to increase her speed.
Sister ship : Michelangelo
Gibraltar SG208.
North Atlantic Passenger Liners since 1900. N T Cairis

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Re: Raffaello

Post by aukepalmhof » Fri Mar 04, 2011 2:05 am

The RAFFAELLO left for the last time New York on 21 April 1975 bound for Italy, after arrival in Genoa on 30 April she was laid up at La Spezia, where she arrived under tow on 06 June 1975.
1976 Together with her sister MICHELANGELO she was sold for $120 million to the Iranian Government for use as floating barracks for the Iranian Navy in Bushire.

On 21 November 1982 in the early hours, the port of Bushire was attacked by Iraqi airplanes and the RAFFAELLO was destroyed by missiles which set the vessel on fire in the aft section.
The blaze spread throughout the vessel completely gutting her before extinguished at 5 p.m. the same day.
She was “total loss”.
She is/was still at the port of Bushire partly sunk, but work was underway to break her up.

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