The S.S. Conte Grande was built in 1928 by Stabilimento Tecnico, Trieste, Italy and was originally build for Lloyd Sabaudo for the Genoa - New York service. She was launched on June 29, 1927. Tonnage: 25,661; Her dimensions were 624 ft x 78 ft, twin screw, two masts, and two funnels. Her maiden voyage was Genoa - Naples - New York April 13, 1928. She was transferred to South America service in 1932 and was ;laid up at Santos, Brazil in 1940. She was later seized by the Italian government, then was transferred to the U.S. government for the duration of World War II and became an American troopship. In 1941 she was renamed the Monticello, but then renammed the Conte Grande in 1947 when she was returned to Italian Line and resumed South American Service in 1949.In 1960 she was withdrawn from the Italia Line service and placed in the Lloyd Triestino service. Her sister ship was the Conte Biancamano. She was scrapped in Italy in 1961.
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