Lloyd-Triestino started life as an Austro-Hungarian carrier before changing its name once Trieste became part of Italy in the early 20th century. The Line amassed a fleet of some 85 ships just prior to the Second World War; and lost all but five of them. An extensive attempt to re-build the fleet was successful thanks to a thriving stream of Italians and other Europeans emigrating their birthplaces for Australia. The Line operated a regular Australian service well into the 1960s before finally retiring and selling their passenger ships and focusing, like many other shipping companies, on freight.
M/n AUSTRALIA - 1951
Australia was the first of three sisters ships commissioned and built to capitalise on the growing post-war migrant trade to Australia. These virtually identical sisters were the first ships built post-war for the Italian line and were a remarkable step forward in modernising the fleet.
T/N GALILEO GALILEI - 1968
Galileo Galilei, along with her sister Guglielmo Marconi, was like a space-age leap for Lloyd-Triestino when the pair were introduced in the mid-1960s. Intially operating the Italy-Australia run, the two sister ships had long careers and, like so many others, became popular cruise ships in the later part of the century.
T/N GUGLIELMO MARCONI
The second of two famous and stylish sister ships, Marconi served only a relatively short 15-year career with Lloyd Triestino before begin sold and converted to full-time cruise ship with Costa Cruises. Renamed ‘Costa Riviera’, she was finally laid-up and scrapped in 2001.