Size: 27.5 x 39.5 inches
About The Poster:
"The Grimaldi brothers were nephews of Achille Lauro, the famous Naples shipowner (their mother was Achille's sister). They built up a fleet of cargo ships before WW2. Like Achille Lauro himself, they decided there was a post-war market for cheap emigrant and refugee ships, and acquired a number of elderly vessels which received little upgrading.
The emigrant market eventually became more discerning as competition increased, and the first comfortable Grimaldi ships were the Ascania and Irpinia (ex-SGTM ships Florida and Campana), acquired in 1955. Initial services were from Italy to Central America, but North Atlantic services were operated later. In 1956 they acquired the Venezuela, which had previously been the CGT De Grasse, and the Canadian Pacific Empress of Australia. Following rebuilding for their Italy-West Indies-Venezuela service, her passenger capacity increased from 664 to nearly 1500. Venezuela was lost in 1962, off Cannes.
She was replaced in 1965 by the Caribia, originally the Cosulich, then Italia Vulcania. She was also lost, in 1972, again off Cannes. Subsequently, Grimaldi operated the Ausonia on cruises from 1983-96, and carry up to 55 passengers on various freighters around the world. One of the brothers then started Grandi Navi Veloci, operating large cruise ferries in the Mediterranean."
This poster has great colors, is in excellent condition, and is ready to be framed.