Romanza started life humbly enough as the German freighter ‘Husacaran’ which was seized after the Second World War and awarded to the Canadian Government. It wasn’t until 1958 that she was sold to COGEDAR, an Italian line eager to get its hands on sea-worthy hulls. In an incredible transformation, the utilitarian hull was completely re-built as ‘Aurelia’, a sleek vessel completed to a standard of elegance that only an Italian line could accomplish.
In 1970, COGEDAR sold Aurelia to Chandris Lines and her career entered a new chapter, operating as a cruise ship across the Mediterranean. The ship had an incredible 59 year-long when she was finally wrecked in 1997 after catching fire and partially sinking; an unbecoming end to such a fine little ship.
TONNAGE: 10,480 GRT
MAX SPEED: 20 KN
This illustration of 'Romanza' was completed in February 2019 by Michael C Brady and involved around 40 hours of drawing. Original plans and high-definition photographs were studied in order to maintain authenticity.
Dimensions: 940mm x 340mm, 300DPI