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Patria (ex - Savoia)
Operating Area :
Lake Como, Italy
PS Patria at Dervio on May 8th 2013 on the day
of her first sea trial after restoration
Photo by kind courtesy
of Flaminio Borgonovo
Builders : N Odero at Genoa
Engines : Triple Expansion by the builders : Cylinders 460, 700 and 1080 mm x 1120 mm
: 600 HP
Length : 53.77 metres Breadth : 12.3 m
Entered service in 1926 as "Savoia"
Renamed "Patria" in 1943
Reboilered in 1953 and converted to oil
Made her last cruise in October 1990
Slipped at Dervio for inspection as enthusiasts pressed for her
Substantial replating took place to ensure the vessel could remain
In 1999 a plan to save her was agreed by her owners (NLC), local
authorities, a local bank and a local historical society.
Whilst funds remain available, the NLC have not fulfilled their
promises and no work has been done.
The sale to the local authority at Como (Provincia di Como) was completed at
the end of 2005 for the nominal sum of 1 Euro.
Plans to move the ship temporarily in order to visit the "Centobarche"
exhibition at Como (Sept 22-24, 2006) were abandoned
in 2009 on her refirbishment at Dervio
The work was financed by state, provincial
and regional authorities with help from the private Cariplo Foundation
First trial run under her own steam
took place on May 8th 2013 - to the approval of the certifying body RINA
developments have not been good for Patria. She visited several piers
on Lake Como but spent much time tied up at Como, still under ownership
of the province and deemed unsuitable for most of the roles in the NLC
timetable. She is currently out of service
Click here for photos
of Patria during restoration
Above photo from 2010 by kind courtesy of Olivier Bachmann
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