I liked reading the brief synopsis that the author had written, especially since it dealt with the Regina d'Italia, which is another of the ships which my ancestors traveled on, arriving at Ellis Island on 22 March 1908.
Once again, it was my father's great grand father Nicola Maria and my father's great uncle Domenico Nicola who were traveling together, on their way to see my father's grand father...
I will filter the image and post it here later...
~ Vince ~
BARNES & NOBLE | In Search of Kings: What Became of the Passengers of the Re d'Italia by Tony De Bolfo, HarperCollins Publishers Australia | Paperback
In Search Of Kings
What became of the passengers
of the Re d’Italia
In 1994, Melbourne journalist and author Tony De Bolfo developed a burning desire to discover what prompted his grandfather and two brothers to leave their homeland in Italy for a new life in Australia.
He turned to his great uncle, Igino De Bolfo – the only surviving member of the original trio who undertook that arduous forty-six day voyage aboard the steamship Re d’Italia (King of Italy) in 1927.
Over an eight-year period, the author uncovered extraordinary tales of love and friendship, suicide and murder, tragedy and success.
“In these pages dripping sweat, blood, guts and tears, there are great subjects for a score of novels.” - Nino Randazzo, Italian Senator, former editor Il Globo
In Search Of Kings is available through Harper Collins Publishers
Brief history of SS Regina d’Italia
and Lloyd Sabaudo line
Originally laid down as the Sardinian Prince, the Regina d’Italia was one of three steamships built by Sunderland Shipbuilder James Laing for the Lloyd Sabaudo Line in 1906, along with the Principe di Piemonte and the flagship, Re d’Italia.
With a tonnage of 6149 grt, length of 430 ft, beam of 52ft 8in and service speed of 14 knots, the Regina d’Italia was launched on January 20, 1907. On May 15 of that year, the Regina d’Italia commenced her maiden voyage from Genoa to New York. The following October, she inaugurated the company’s Genoa-South America service as the steamship Tomaso di Savoia was not ready.
When a massive earthquake rocked Messina in December 1908, the Regina d’Italia, together with the Re d’Italia, was used as a hospital ship. Three years later, she served as a floating hospital during the Italo-Turkish war between Benghazi and Derna.
In 1920, the Regina d’Italia’s accommodation was reduced to first and third class only. Two years later she was transferred to the South American service and in the final years of her life completed a handful of voyages to Australia.
The Regina d’Italia was broken up for scrap at Genoa in October 1928, a year before the Re d’Italia. The Principe di Piemonte was sold to the Cunard Line in 1916 and renamed Folia. On March 11, 1917, the Folia was torpedoed by a German submarine of the coast of Youghal, Eire, resulting in the loss of seven lives.
While the Fondazione Cineteca Italiana in Milan confirmed ownership of the copyright of Dall’Italia All’Australia, the organisation was able to provide few, if any, details regarding the film’s history, other than its year of production, 1925.
However, the National Archives of Australia’s Melbourne office yielded valuable information relating to the voyages the Regina d’Italia made to Australia pre-1925.
The Regina d’Italia, under the command of Master Ettore Zitelli, sailed into Fremantle on September 14, 1924. The relevant passenger list, kept on microfilm at the Melbourne archive, also carried the name of the film’s director, Angelo Drovetti, amongst the hundreds of disembarkees. Drovetti was listed as a single man of 38 years of age, whose forwarding address was “aboard the Regina d’Italia”.
In Search of Kings
Author: Tony DebolfoIllustrated
The classic Australian migrant story from acclaimed writer and journalist Tony de Bolfo. In 1994, Melbourne journalist Tony De Bolfo developed a burning need to discover what prompted his grandfather and two brothers to leave their homeland in northern Italy for a new life in Australia. He turned to his great-uncle Igino De Bolfo, the only surviving member of the original trio who undertook that arduous 46-day voyage aboard the steamship Re d'Italia (King of Italy) 75 years ago. But what began as simple curiosity became an overwhelming obsession for Tony, which led him on his own unbelievable voyage of discovery. Working from the original passenger list, he set out to uncover the life stories of the 105 men, women and children who accompanied his forebears down the gangway, into the unknown. Tony's search involved regular correspondence, countless phone calls and thousands of kilometres. It took him interstate and overseas and brought him in contact with many descendants, and in some cases the passengers themselves. Many years later after that voyage, Tony uncovered extraordinary tales of love and friendship, suicide and murder, tragedy and success. And along the way he has even discovered something about himself.
The "Regina d'Italia" was a 6,560 gross ton ship, built by Sir J.Laing & Sons Ltd, Sunderland (engines by G. Clark Ltd, Sunderland) in 1907. Her details were - length 430 ft x beam 52.7 ft, two funnels, two masts, twin screw and a speed of 14 knots. There was accommodation for 120-1st and 1,900-3rd class passengers. Originally laid down as the "Sardinian Prince" for the British owned Prince Line, she was purchased on the stocks by Lloyd Sabaudo and launched on 20th Jan. 1907 as the "Regina d'Italia. She sailed on her maiden voyage from Genoa to Naples, Palermo and New York on 15th May 1907, made two Genoa - South America voyages the same year and in Dec. 1908 she was used as a hospital ship after the Messina earthquake. She continued New York sailing's during the Great War up until the end of 1916 when regular passenger voyages on this route were discontinued by the company. On 10th Apr. 1919, she resumed N. Atlantic sailing's when she left Genoa for Marseilles and New York and in 1920 was refitted to carry 2nd and 3rd class passengers only. On 20th Jan. 1920 she arrived at New York from Constanza, Constantinople, Smyrna, Piraeus and Messina and started her last Genoa-Naples-Boston-New York voyage on 14th Mar. 1922. In Apr. 1922 she transferred to the Genoa - South America service, except for a single round voyage between Genoa, Naples, Palermo, Halifax and New York commencing 22nd May 1924. In Oct. 1928 she was scrapped in Italy.