AMERIGO VESPUCCI

Vespucci

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It happened today
Launch of the Amerigo Vespucci
Sunday 22 February 1931 (88 years ago)

Varo 1931

Launch of the Amerigo Vespucci: The glorious existence of one of the most beautiful sailing ships of all time began in the waters on which faces the ancient Roman colony of Stabia, in the southern part of the Gulf of Naples. A synthesis of tradition and modernity, it is today a symbol of Italian excellence.

Towards the end of the 1920s it became necessary to replace the school ship of the Flavio Gioia Class, close to the “pension” and destined to be converted into a kindergarten for the orphans of the sailors (in the port of Venice). Therefore, in 1930 the engineer Francesco Rotundi, lieutenant colonel of the Naval Engineers and Director of the shipyards of Castellammare di Stabia, was commissioned to design two naval units to be used for the training of the students.

Rotundi was inspired by the drawings of his colleague Sabatelli used for the construction of the Monarch, a famous ship of Real Marina of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, acquired to the fleet of the Piedmontese Navy with the new name of “Re Galantuomo”. From the Regio Cantiere stabiese came two twin boats, which were given the names of the two most illustrious navigators in Italian history: Cristoforo Colombo and Amerigo Vespucci.

The launch of the latter took place on a rainy Sunday in February, at 10.30 in the morning. With its 2,800 square meters and 101 meters in length, it represented a jewel of technology for those times. Under the motto 

«Per la Patria e per il Re»…”For the Fatherland and for the King”, he began his first trip to Genoa where, on October 15th of the same year, the “combat flag” was handed over to the first commander Augusto Radicati di Marmorito.

After the end of the Second World War, the Vespucci remained the only vessel used for training cruises, due to the loss of the Christopher Columbus, which Italy had to surrender to the Soviet Union, as compensation for war damages. From that moment on, a new motto was adopted: “Balances in the fury of winds and events”, replaced in 1978 with the definitive one, of Leonardian memory

«Non chi comincia ma quel che persevera»

“Not who starts but what perseveres”, more suited to embody the spirit of future training officers of the Navy.

Nave scuola Vespucci

As time passed, its prestige increased, becoming the oldest military ship still in operation

Varo dell’Amerigo Vespucci

aro Amerigo Vespucci, 1931

domenica 22 febbraio 1931 (88 anni fa)

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Presentato da ITALMOTOR, Romano Pisciotti

As an FFG(X) decision nears, shipbuilder Fincantieri upgrades its Wisconsin shipyard

Fincantiri

ABU DHABI – The days of dramatic pictures of ships launching sideways into the water at Marinette Marine shipyard in Wisconsin are likely coming to an end, a representative from Fincantieri’s international ship business told Defense News on Tuesday.

As part of investments Fincantieri is making in the yard ahead of building an up-gunned frigate version of Lockheed Martin’s mono-hull variant of the littoral combat ship for Saudi Arabia, the company is investing in a modernized boat-launching facility that gently float the ships rather than dropping them sideways into the water.

“It’s certainly romantic, it’s nice looking, but from our point of view it is not the best,” said Enrico Bonetti, a senior vice president at Fincantieri’s international business unit. “So we need to have much more advanced outfitting at the moment of launch. We’ll have a less dramatic way with a syncrolift.”

But while the shipyard is primarily focused on the four Saudi multi-mission surface combatants at Marinette Marine, another, bigger prize is on the table: a 20-ship (and perhaps more) program for the U.S. Navy’s future frigate.

When the Navy announced last year the top five competitors for the FFG(X) program, it was readily apparent that Fincantieri’s Marinette Marine was in a good position to grab a healthy slice of the business. Both the Lockheed Martin LCS variant and Fincantieri’s own bid, its European Multi-Mission Frigate (FREMM), would be built at Marinette, meaning that Fincantieri essentially has two of the five top choices.

The competition itself will be open to all comers, but anyone – such as BAE’s Type 26 – that might want to join the hunt would not have had the benefit of a back and forth with the Navy’s requirements professionals that the top five competitors have had over the past year in the initial conceptual design phase.

The Navy is planning to buy the first FFG(X) in the fourth quarter of 2020.

Until then, Fincantieri is focusing on what it has to do to get moving on Saudi’s new frigate, though the contract has yet to be fully finalized.

 

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The USS Detroit is christened at the Marinette Marine Corp. shipyard in Marinette, Wis., Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 on the Menominee River. The days of side-launching ships at Fincantieri’s shipyard are coming to an end. (AP Photo, by Rick Gebhard)

 

DESTRIERO, the record

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The DESTRIERO record has just turned twenty-five.

At dawn on 9 August 1992, this ship, which carried the banner of the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, conquered the Atlantic crossing record, covering 3,106 nautical miles without refueling on the Atlantic Ocean, from New York to the Bishop Rock lighthouse in the Isles of Scilly in England, using 58 hours, 34 minutes and 50 seconds, at an average of 53.09 knots, tearing apart the previous record of the English Hoverspeed catamaran of 3 days, 7 hours and 54 minutes, ie with an average of “only” 36 , 96 knots.

Il record del DESTRIERO ha da poco compiuto venticinque anni.

All’alba del 9 agosto 1992, questa nave, che portava il vessillo dello Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, conquistò il record di traversata atlantica, percorrendo 3.106 miglia nautiche senza rifornimento sull’Oceano Atlantico, da New York al faro di Bishop Rock nelle Isole Scilly in Inghilterra, impiegando 58 ore, 34 minuti e 50 secondi, alla media di 53,09 nodi, facendo a pezzi il precedente record del catamarano inglese Hoverspeed di 3 giorni, 7 ore e 54 minuti, ovvero con una  media di “soli” 36,96 nodi.

 

Il Destriero venne costruito da Fincantieri tra il 1990 ed il 1991 nei cantieri di Muggiano e Riva Trigoso, in soli 270 giorni. Lo scafo è stato varato il 28 marzo 1991 presso i cantieri Fincantieri di Muggiano, La Spezia, alla presenza di rappresentanze della marineria civile e militare. La nave, costruita interamente in alluminio, aveva una lunghezza di 67,7 metri, con carena dislocante a prua e planante a poppa, su progetto dello studio navale Donald L. Blount and Associated, era equipaggiato con tre Turbine a gas General Electric LM1600 – MTU, capaci di sviluppare complessivamente 51.675 hp / 38.535 kW (continui) e collegati a tre idrogetti KaMeWa model 125 tramite riduttori Renk-Tacke.

Destriero Nastro Azzurro

The Destriero was built by Fincantieri between 1990 and 1991 in the Muggiano and Riva Trigoso shipyards, in just 270 days. The hull was launched on March 28th 1991 at the Fincantieri shipyards in Muggiano, La Spezia, in the presence of representatives of the civil and military navy. The ship, built entirely of aluminum, had a length of 67.7 meters, with a displacement hull in the bow and a planing aft, designed by the naval firm Donald L. Blount and Associated, it was equipped with three General Electric LM1600 gas turbines – MTU, capable of developing a total of 51,675 hp / 38,535 kW (continuous) and connected to three KaMeWa model 125 hydro-jets by Renk-Tacke gearboxes.

Bandiera Marina Mercantile Italiana

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Quello che forse non sapete del transatlantico REX

What you may not know about the transatlantic REX

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From a technological point of view, the Rex is remarkable as one of the very first ships to be fitted with a bulbous bow: her extraordinary body lines were developed in the Hamburg test tank and, amazingly, were derived from the shape of a trout! The Rex was a mixture of tradition and innovation: externally, she was both graceful and streamlined, in accordance with the trends of industrial design in the ‘Thirties, while her interiors were conservative, inspired by classical historical styles. It should be noted that she was one of the last liners to sport a clipper stern; this shape, although old-fashioned, was dictated by the desire to obtain the greatest possible size for the after decks while taking account of the dimensions of the drydock in Genoa.

Italian Line

Da un punto di vista tecnologico, il Rex è ricordato per essere stato una delle primissime navi al mondo dotate di prora a bulbo; la sua straordinaria carena, studiata presso la vasca navale di Amburgo, era stata ottimizzata copiando le sue forme da quelle della trota. Il Rex fu un mix di tradizione e innovazione: all’esterno presentava linee aggraziate e filanti, tipiche dello streamline e dell’industrial design anni Trenta, mentre gli interni erano più conservatori e ispirati agli stili storici più classici. Da notare che fu anche una delle ultime navi con poppa a clipper; soluzione questa che, per quanto démodé, era stata scelta per ottenere una maggiore superficie dei lidi poppieri a dispetto dei limiti di lunghezza dello scafo imposti dalle dimensioni del bacino di carenaggio di Genova.

 

 

REX

Regis NomenIl livello qualitativo era elevatissimo per gli standard dell’epoca.

The quality level was very high by the standards of the time.

The Rex was the first transatlantic liner to feature those innovations which would make her a genuine cruise ship: de luxe cabins with private verandahs, air conditioning, huge sports decks and lidos with two permanent open air swimming pools, a spa, a drive-in garage with direct access from the quayside.

Il Rex è stato il primo transatlantico a presentare quelle innovazioni che l’avrebbero resa una vera nave da crociera: cabine di lusso con veranda privata, aria condizionata, enormi ponti sportivi e lidi con due piscine permanenti all’aperto, un centro benessere, un drive-in garage con accesso diretto dalla banchina.

Gran bar
Piscina

Nell’agosto 1933 il Rex entrava nella storia grazie alla conquista del record mondiale di velocità nell’attraversare l’Atlantico tra l’Europa e gli Stati Uniti. Sebbene la sua rotta fosse ben più lunga di quella seguita da tutti i suoi precursori la nave giungeva a New York con oltre un giorno d’anticipo dopo aver compiuto le 4181 miglia nautiche che separano Gibilterra dal faro di Ambrose.  La traversata durò 4 giorni 13 ore e 58 minuti alla fantastica media di 29 nodi dopo superato abbondantemente punte di 30 durante il raid.

 

In August, 1933 the Rex entered history when she won the Blue Riband, the record for the fastest westbound crossing between Europe and the United States, although her route was much longer than those plied by previous winners: she arrived more than one day earlier than scheduled after steaming the 4,181 nautical miles separating Gibraltar from the Ambrose Lightship in 4 days 13 hours and 58 minutes at the extraordinary average speed of almost 29 knots and a top speed well over 30 knots. 

nastro azzurro

 

 

REX
REX, Porto di Genova

Metti insieme una nave, una lavatrice, un regista e uno spumante…

Put together a ship, a washing machine, a director and a sparkling wine…

 

La Zanussi chiese ed ottenne, dalla Società di Navigazione Italia, la possibilità di creare una linea di elettrodomestici a marchio REX, dopo la conquista del Nastro Azzurro, per evocare l’immagine di un prodotto di alto livello.

 

REX
Logo Zanussi REX 1933

Zanussi asked and obtained, from the Italian Navigation Company, the possibility of creating a line of household appliances under the REX brand, after the conquest of the Blue Ribbon, to evoke the image of a high-level product.

 

REX

Il nuovo colosso della Marina Mercantile Italiana venne varato il 1° agosto 1931 dai sovrani italiani alla presenza di una folla immensa: di circa 100.000 persone.

Per varare il Rex venne utilizzata la prima bottiglia di Brut riserva reale prodotta dall’azienda vinicola Gancia e il collo della medesima, custodito in una preziosa urna con il nome della nave e il suo profilo in diamanti, venne donato alla madrina, la regina Elena di Savoia.

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The new colossus of the Italian Mercantile Navy was launched on 1 August 1931 by Italian sovereigns in the presence of a huge crowd: about 100,000 people.

The first bottle of royal reserve Brut produced by the Gancia winery was used to launch the Rex and the neck of the same, kept in a precious urn with the name of the ship and its diamond profile, was donated to the godmother, Queen Elena of Savoy.

 

Il Rex è protagonista di una celebre scena del film Amarcord di Federico Fellini, nella quale una folla ne attende nottetempo il passaggio nell’Adriatico a bordo di piccole imbarcazioni. Tale scena è di pura fantasia, in quanto il Rex, eccetto l’ultimo viaggio verso Trieste, nel tentativo di salvarlo durante la seconda guerra mondiale, non passò mai nell’Adriatico.

AMARCORD – Fellini

The Rex is the protagonist of a famous scene of the film Amarcord by Federico Fellini, in which a crowd awaits its passage in the Adriatic on board small boats at night. This scene is pure fantasy, as the Rex, except the last trip to Trieste during the Second World War, never passed in the Adriatic.

AMARCORD

Nel marzo del 1933 il Rex fu alla ribalta delle cronache per aver trasmesso la prima trasmissione radiofonica in diretta contemporaneamente negli Stati Uniti e in Europa mentre stava attraversando l’Atlantico.

In March, 1933, she achieved the distinction of sending the first live radio transmission to the United States and to Europe while crossing the Atlantic.

In quel lontano giorno la lussuosa e veloce  nave passeggeri italiana  S/s  REX, vanto della  cantieristica nazionale, si trovava in navigazione in mezzo all’ Oceano  Atlantico alla volta di New York. Nel momento che in Roma il Papa apriva la  Porta Santa,   la voce della soprano Rosa Ponselle, a bordo stava  intonando  l’ Ave Maria di Schubert,  veniva irradiata  nell’etere e fu chiaramente ricevuta dalle Stazioni Radio Costiere in America e immediatamente radiodiffusa in diretta ai radioascoltatori. Anche in Italia la voce della cantante fu ricevuta dalla Stazione Radio di Coltano collegata, per l’occasione,  in diretta con l’ Ente Italiano Audizioni Radiofoniche che,  direttamente la radiodiffuse, attraverso i suoi impianti,  dando  modo alla folla presente in Piazza San Pietro di ascoltarla. Questo eccezionale esperimento diede il via alle  comunicazioni radiotelefoniche Bordo –  Terra e viceversa, fino ad allora limitate al solo scambio dei messaggi radiotelegrafici in  codice Morse.

REX RADIO TRASMISSIONE

In that distant day, the luxurious and fast Italian passenger ship S / s REX, the pride of the national shipbuilding industry, was in navigation in the Atlantic Ocean for New York. When the Pope opened the Holy Door in Rome, the voice of the soprano Rosa Ponselle, on board was intoning the Ave Maria of Schubert, was irradiated in the ether and was clearly received by the Coastal Radio Stations in America and immediately broadcast live to the radio listeners. Also in Italy the voice of the singer was received by the Coltano Radio Station connected, for the occasion, live with the Italian Radio Auditions Agency, which directly broadcast the radio, through its systems, giving way to the crowd in Piazza San Pietro to listen to her. This exceptional experiment gave way to the Edge – Earth radiotelephonic communications and vice versa, up to then limited to the exchange of Morse code telegrams.

 

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AUDACE

K42 Audace, the first pure custom explorer vessel built by CdM (Cantieri delle Marche)

Luxury superyacht AUDACE is a sturdy expedition yacht built by the Cantiere Delle Marche (CDM) shipyard in Italy with a launch in 2019. AUDACE or Project K42, as she was known, has made-to-measure interiors and exteriors designed by Studio Sculli, while her naval architecture is by Hydro Tec. She is able to accommodate up to 10-12 guests over 5 cabins.

Audace

NOTABLE FEATURES OF AUDACE: ~ spacious and private owner’s deck ~ Jacuzzi pool ~ great selection of water toys ~ fabulous aft deck alfresco dining option ~ outdoor cinema/dance floor ~ vast beach club/swim platform

AUDACE boasts accommodation for up to twelve guests over a five-stateroom layout, which incorporates a large owner’s deck/top deck with a nicely-sized bedroom, two bathrooms, a large saloon and exterior area with a Jacuzzi pool.

This area also features the helm station and the Captain’s quarters, while the bridge boasts a built-in panel with communication and navigation systems usually found on superyachts that are longer than 60 metres in length.

Audace

A 10-metre tender for long crossings is placed on the main deck with another 6-metre tender, jet skis, an SUV. This area can also be used as a sun deck when the toys are not on board. The lower deck features a fabulous beach club/swim platform for easy access to the water and to the water toys.

The Owner will leave on board all year round hence the need to create environments and amenities that perfectly fit his lifestyle.

 

 

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The Cavour

 

 

The Cavour, an entirely Italian project, represents the most important technological investment of the national defense industry system:

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Nave Cavour (CVH 550) is an Italian STOVL (Short Take Off and Vertical Landing) aircraft carrier, built by Fincantieri, and entered into service for the Italian Navy in 2009.
It is the ship’s seat of the Commander’s Head of the Naval Squadron (CINCNAV) on which it depends organically: it is therefore the Navy’s flagship vessel and its commander takes the name of “flag commander”.

 

Il Cavour, un progetto interamente italiano, rappresenta l’investimento tecnologico più importante del sistema industria difesa nazionale:

Nave Cavour (CVH 550) è una portaerei STOVL (Short Take Off and Vertical Landing) italiana, costruita da Fincantieri, ed entrata in servizio per la Marina Militare italiana nel 2009.
E’ la Nave sede dell’Insegna del Comandante in Capo della Squadra Navale (CINCNAV) da cui dipende organicamente: è pertanto la Nave Ammiraglia della Marina Militare ed il suo Comandante prende l’appellativo di “Comandante di Bandiera”.

Guarda il PDF:  It.-CAVOUR PDF

See PDF: Eng-CAVOUR

 

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The Italian ship Leonardo da Vinci 

The Leonardo da Vinci was a passenger ship of Italy – Genoa Navigation Company , a company belonging to the group IRI – Finmare , better known in the world of international shipping as the Italian Line

 

The ship, built in shipyard Ansaldo Sestri Ponente, with construction number 1550, was launched December 7, 1958 and godmother of the launch was Mrs. Carla Bissatini, wife of Giovanni Gronchi, third President of the Italian Republic.

Leonardo da Vinci

The “Leonardo da Vinci” was eleven bridges connected by twenty-one lifts, could accommodate 1326 passengers and had five pools, two of them for children. The first class pool had an infrared heater to make its use possible in the winter season.

The onboard facilities including a hospital with an operating room, radiology laboratory, gynecological clinic, gym and rooms for physiotherapy, three barber shops, a teletype for the televised edition printing of the Corriere della Sera, an auditorium with 300 seats , a chapel, a playground for children.

For electrical services on board the ship had four generators, able to illuminate a city of 150,000 inhabitants. also it possessed a seawater desalination plant capable of producing 700,000 liters.

The Leonardo da Vinci was a particularly luxurious and fast ship, very finely decorated and extremely innovative features.

It was the first ship class cabins all with private facilities, air conditioning in all rooms, four retractable stabilizer fins on the hull and twin engines, with a single power unit dedicated to each of the two propellers, a feature normally reserved for military ships.

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Perini Navi

“The most beautiful feature of a yacht is the sea around it”

Fabio Perini

Perini Navi è l’unico cantiere navale al mondo che disegna, sviluppa e produce autonomamente i propri yacht.

Perini Navi is the only shipyard in the world that designs, develops and manufactures its own yachts.

THE FOUNDER

Born into a papermaking family in the province of Lucca, Fabio Perini invented and patented an automated mechanism for paper manufacturing at the tender age of 17. Just over a year later, he was already running his own business. In 1966, he founded Fabio Perini SpA, a company that would make history in the world of tissue paper. In less than 20 years, the company became the world leader in its field with facilities across the globe.

A FLAIR FOR INNOVATION

In 1983, Fabio Perini transferred his flair for innovation to boat building by creating a new concept for the design, construction and handling of large sailing yachts that drew on cutting-edge technology and a different distribution of space. Since then, Perini Navi has delivered 60 bluewater sailing yachts, the majority over 40m in length. The launch of 50m Exuma, 55m Galileo G and 73m Grace E, today named Nautilus, three exceptional explorer yachts built by the yard in La Spezia, firmly established the group’s reputation as a builder of both sailing and motor yachts.

MALTESE FALCON

IN THE BEGINNING

Perini Navi was founded in Viareggio in 1983 when Fabio Perini launched a prototype sailing yacht with ample living space that could be sailed with a reduced crew. That vision grew into the most successful fleet of large bluewater cruisers in the world. He then expanded his operations by acquiring the Picchiotti shipyard in La Spezia, a pioneering builder of luxury motor vessels, followed by the Yildiz yard in Tuzla, Istanbul.

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INSPIRED BY TECHNOLOGY.
DRIVEN BY DESIGN

Innovative, inspirational and enterprising, Perini Navi has been a global leader in the design and construction of luxury sailing and motoryachts for over 35 years

 

NAUTILUS

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