italian Lauro Lines (Achille Lauro, Starlauro) SS Alessandro Podesta [+1940]
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nationality italian
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1897
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weight (tons) 633  grt
dimensions 59.3 x 8 x 4 m
engine Compound engines
power 59  n.h.p.
speed knots
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cause lost mine
date lost 26/06/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
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Tecklenborg J. C. - Johannes Carl Tecklenborg A.G. (Abegg, J.S.), Geestemunde
Lauro Lines (Achille Lauro, Starlauro), Naples
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depth (m.) 62 max. / -- min. (m)
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entered 28/08/2008
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Lettens Jan29/12/2008
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Allen Tony16/03/2009Alessandro Podesta SS was a German cargo ship built in 1897 by Tecklenborg, Geestermunde as the German steam cargo ship RHEIN SS for A. Kirsten, Hamburg. In 1926 she was renamed ALESSANDRO PODESTA SS when purchased by A. Lauro, Italy.
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 Hocking C., Dictionary of Disasters at Sea during the Age of Steam
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Lauro Lines (Achille Lauro, Starlauro), Naples

Achille Lauro (1887-1984), Il Comandante had a rich business and political life. His fleet of ocean going vessels was spread over the waters of the world for 50 years. He was a deputy in the Italian parliament and mayor and political boss of Naples. At Italy's entrance into World War II (June 20, 1940) Lauro had 57 boats with over 300,000 tons. The company entered the cruise business in the 1960s. In 1987, Lauro Lines or Flotta Lauro was purchased by Mediterranean Shipping Company and renamed StarLauro Cruises.

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 Tecklenborg J. C. - Johannes Carl Tecklenborg A.G. (Abegg, J.S.), Geestemunde
Founded in 1841 by Jan Simon Abegg and taken over in 1845 by J.C. Tecklenborg
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