THE OCEAN LINER AUSONIA, AWAITING SCRAPPING IN INDIA, SEEN IN HAPPIER TIMES
Built in 1957 and considered a fine example of the post-war “Golden Age” of Italian luxury liners, the Ausonia (renamed “Winner 5”) presently lies anchored just off the sands of Alang, India where scrapping will soon begin. For details and photos of the ship in its present state, I recommend Peter Knego’s blog post: http://maritimematters.com/2010/09/alang-again-naturally-2010/
On the occasion of this sad end to a beautiful liner, I thought that I would provide my readers with some views of the former Adriatica liner in her heyday.
Thanks to the generosity of Dr. Laurence Miller, the Wolfsonian-FIU library holds an unrivaled collection of post-World War II steamship and cruise line industry promotional materials, including items designed for the Ausonia and other ships of the Adriatica fleet.
Housed in archival boxes arranged by steamship company line, the materials can be accessed virtually via our online catalog at: http://library.wolfsonian.org . Each of the records for the steamship company provides detailed descriptions of the contents, (including a list of the ships represented within), and links to a sampling of images.