What was the Lloyd Triestino Trio?

by Kate B
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12 February 2012
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Your Question: What was the Lloyd Triestino Trio?  

Austrian Lloyd was founded as an insurance company in 1833 and when Trieste became part of Italy in 1919 the company name was changed to Lloyd Triestino. A shipping section was established in 1936, and Lloyd Triestino became one of the world's biggest shipping companies.

After World War II Lloyd Triestino re-established its Australian service with existing ships and began a rebuilding programme ordering seven new liners. Of these new liners three were for the Australian service, launched in 1950 these three ships became known as the Treistino Trio.

Pamphlet Express Service Fares to Italy Australia, Oceania & Neptunia Lloyd Triestino Line Jun 1955 Pamphlet Express Service Fares to Italy Australia, Oceania & Neptunia Lloyd Triestino Line Jun 1955 (HT 2610).
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The first to be built was the Australia launched on 21 May 1950, departing Trieste on 19 April 1951 and arriving in Melbourne on 17 May. The second ship Oceania launched on 30 July 1950, departed Genoa for its maiden voyage on 18 August 1951.The third, Neptunia, launched on 1 October 1950, departing on its maiden voyage on 14 September 1951 and arriving in Brisbane on 18 October.

In 1958 all three ships were withdrawn from service for a refit – air-conditioning was extended throughout the entire ship and accommodation altered to be suitable for 136 first class passengers and 536 tourist class passengers. From October 1960 Neptunia began operating as a single tourist-class ship; however the Australia and Oceania were not altered in this way.

Postcards - Lloyd Triestino Line, circa 1950s Postcards - Lloyd Triestino Line, circa 1950s (HT1497).
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In 1960 Lloyd Triestino placed orders for two new liners which would be twice the size of the existing Australian fleet and were built to replace the Triestino trio. When these new ships entered the trade in 1963, Australia, Oceania and Neptunia were withdrawn from the Australian trade and transferred to the Italia line. The Australia was renamed the Donizetti, Oceania renamed Rossini and Neptunia renamed Verdi.

The Triestino Trio had all emerged from the same shipyard in the 1950s and spent their entire careers operating together; they ended their careers in La Spezia, Italy within months of each other. Donizetti and Rossini were laid up in late 1976 joined by Verdi in January of 1977. All three ships were offered for sale with Donizetti and Verdi purchased by shipbreakers in June 1977. Rossini was moved to another Italian company, Tirrenia, but with no use for her she was also sold to shipbreakers in September 1977.

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Riccardo 21 February, 2012 19:50
I travelled from Perth to Italy on the Lloyd Triestino's Gallileo in 1969 with my family when I was 6. Still have many vivid memories of the trip, especially going through the Panama Canal.
Giancarlo Ferluga 25 June, 2012 17:53
I remember quite well migrating to Australia on the Lloyd Triestino's Australia in July 1954. What an adventure.
Catherine Piva 2 April, 2013 04:30
My father has migrated in Australia with Lloys Tristino in summer 1952. Have you any fotos from this sea adventure ?
Max 28 August, 2012 23:36
I was eight years old when I sailed on the Oceania with my parents and two brothers, from Genoa to Melbourne, in November-December 1952. Was that its second voyage out? I can see the ship's sleek white line in my mind. I can recall to this day the warm smell of freshly baked buns and the two varieties of red wine, one dark, one light, always standing in decanters on the long dining tables (tourist class, I guess). We were among the few non-Italians on board, I was told. Other things that stick in my memory include the dry hot passage through the Red Sea, the ritual by the swimming pool when we crossed the Equator (King Neptune rather terrified me), and transferring onto lighters for a day trip in Ceylon, as it was then, and the amazing sight of bananas and monkeys in the trees. Many people got sea-sick crossing the Great Australia Bight. Does anyone else have memories or information about that trip? I'm doing research for a possible memoir.
Mike 27 September, 2012 16:41
I traveled as a 9 year old on the Neptunia in 1963. I still remember running on edge of my feet on one of the decks while the ship was rolling from side to side in a storm.
Andreas Breitruck 25 January, 2013 08:36
Please excuse me adding some information, the shipping department of the Austrian Lloyd, Lloyd Triestino´s predecessor, was established 1836 (not 1936). The Austrian Lloyd was the sixth biggest shipping company in the world, the LT label was a matter of just changing names and relieving some of the company´s leading managers.
Helen soler 23 May, 2013 21:21
I was 16i when I arrived in Melboure with my mum in 1957 ..it was not a pleasant trip in dormitory and I vividly remember been sick most of the time .we where the first ship to go through the Suez Canal .,after the war in 1956
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Ralf Reis 10 August, 2013 20:49
Ich war an Bord der Victoria mit 7 Jahren und wollten von Bombay nach Triest. Wir kamen bis Aden, als der Sechstagekrieg ausbrach. Der Kapitän informierte die Passagiere über die Lautsprecheranlage, daß wir leider nicht durch den Suezkanal fahren könnten und stattdessen um Afrika fahren müssten. Es folgten sechs aufregende Wochen auf See, die ich mein ganzen Leben nicht vergessen habe.
sam 26 July, 2014 19:34
Ubaldo & Clorinda Peluso with their son travelled from Genoa to Melbourne, on the NEPTUNIA, arrived in Melbourne Mar 1961
rick bartolini 19 January, 2015 15:10
I was 5 years of age on board the neptunia in 1957,vivid memories of king neptune, crossing the equator(bit scary) the waves splashing against the portholes,suez canal and its wrecks,great adventure at 5 years of age,must have nurtured my love for the sea.

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