Lloyd Triestino Line’s Galileo Galilei was launched on 2 July 1961. The liner, designed to carry emigrants from Italy to Australia, departed Genoa on her official maiden voyage (after running a handful of Mediterranean cruises) on 22 April 1963, bound for Sydney.
The 27,888-GRT liner was 700-feet long and 94 feet at beam. Four steam turbines drove two propellors, enabling the vessel to achieve a rated service speed of 24 knots. Galileo Galilei could carry up to 1,750 passengers (156 first class; 1,594 tourist class).
As expected, Galileo Galilei’s route became highly profitable for Lloyd Triestino, and the liner was joined on the run later that year by her new sister ship, Guglielmo Marconi.
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