Posted by on Oct 19, 2013 | 2 comments

Image Description: Steamship “Venezia,” Fabre Line alongside New State Pier, Providence, R.I.
Sender’s Message: Box 58 Shxxxx xx Shawomet Beach, R.I. Dear Lizzie. I am having a good rest. Have been wondering if you get a vacation this year. How is Mrs E. and Margaret. Are they very busy this summer. Remember me to all the girls. As ever, Debby H.
Reader Notes: Reader Jim S. sent us the following:Quick informaiton about the ship itself (ref.

\\\”VENEZIA 1907

was built by Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson, Wallsend-on-Tyne in 1907 for the Fabre Line of Marseilles. She was a 6,707 gross ton ship, length 457ft x beam 51.2ft, one funnel, two masts, twin screw and a speed of 16 knots. There was capacity for 80-1st and 1,800-3rd class passengers. Launched on 30th Apr.1907, she sailed from Marseilles on 8th Sep.1907 on her maiden voyage to Naples, Almeria and New York. In 1913, accommodation for 60-2nd class passengers was added and on 8th Mar.1919 she started her last Marseilles – New York – Marseilles voyage. Chartered to Compagnie Generale Transatlantique (French Line) in 1919 for use on their Cuba and Mexico service, she was destroyed by fire in the North Atlantic on 19th Oct.1919. [North Atlantic Seaway by N.R.P.Bonsor, vol.3,p.1135]\\\”

Another source ( ) indicates that the ship\\\’s cargo of rum and sugar caught fire in the 1919 incident but that (all) 296 people on board (and the mail!) were saved by the CGT Line\\\’s S.S. Chicago. The NY Times article had speculated on that.