SS Giulio Cesare

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SS Giulio Cesare
Name: SS Giulio Cesare
Namesake: Julius Caesar
Owner: Italia Line (Navigazione Generale Italiana)
Port of registry: Italy
Route: Italy-South America & Cruising
Ordered: 1920
Builder: Swan Hunter & Wigham Richardson, Ltd, Newcastle-on-Tyne, United Kingdom.
Launched: 7 February 1920
Completed: March 1922
Maiden voyage: 4 May 1922
Homeport: Genoa
Fate: Sunk by Allied air attack 10 July 1944
General characteristics
Class and type: Ocean liner
Tonnage: 22,576 GRT
Length: 636 ft (193.9 m)
Beam: 76.15 ft (23.2 m)
Depth: 66.3 ft (20.2 m)
Decks: 4
Installed power:
  • 4 sets of geared steam turbines manufactured by Wallsend Slipway
  • 6 boilers D.E. & four boilers S.E. creating 220lb of steam pressure by Wallsend Slipway & Engineering Company Ltd. Newcastle-on-Tyne
  • 21,800 shp (16,300 kW)
Propulsion: 4 × screw
Speed: 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)
  • Total passengers:
    • First Class: 244
    • Second Class: 306
    • Tourist Class:1800
  • Paintwork:
    • White hull and upper works
    • Boot-topping green
    • Funnels white with red and black tops and narrow green band

SS Giulio Cesare was initially a liner of the Navigazione Generale Italiana, which was later operated by the Italian Line. The ship was used to transport first class, second class, and tourist-class passengers.


A feature of this ship was the Club situated on the boat-deck, with a bar. The ship also featured a saloon dining room, galleries, a ballroom, and other function rooms. Second class was situated amidships. Talkie apparatus were also fitted to the ship and a long-distance wireless telephone was also available. The tourist class accommodation was situated astern and also had several public rooms. The tourist passengers shared an open-air swimming pool with the 2nd class passengers.

Service history[edit]

The ship was used on Genoa-Naples-South America voyages but also served North American ports. Until 1925 the SS Giulio Cesare and the SS Duilio were the two largest ships in the Italian merchant fleet.

In November 1933, she was reconditioned and made ready to serve on the Mediterranean-South Africa Service. In 1935, she collided with the German steamship Barenfels in the harbour of Gibraltar. This collision was deemed to be the fault of the German steamship and the captain and crew were detained along with the ship.

In 1942, during the Second World War, SS Giulio Cesare was chartered to the International Red Cross for a time before being laid-up in the port of Trieste. SS Giulio Cesare was sunk by SAAF Beaufighters from No. 16 Squadron along with Duilio, on 10 July 1944.


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