Goodbyes at Castelfranco train station
Black and white photograph of a group of men, women and children posing with a cardboard life preserver sign for the passenger ship TN Roma at the Castelfranco Veneto railway station in the Veneto region of northeastern Italy. A group of children kneeling in the front row also hold a sign for the travel agency facilitating their voyage from Italy to Halifax, Nova Scotia.
According to archival records, the TN Roma was rebuilt in Genoa, Italy in 1950-1951 and departed on her maiden voyage to Australia in August of 1951. The Roma continued as a passenger ship with her main duties to Australia until 1963 when service was taken over by the Surriento. The ship also operated on a number of Trans-Atlantic voyages to Canada and the United States. According to the archives at Pier 21, while operated by the Lauro Lines the ship stopped at Halifax between 1953 and 1955. It also stopped at the following ports: New York, Lisbon, Palermo, Naples and Genoa. After 1956 it was operated by Khedivial Mail Line, S.A.E. and Pier 21 notes its ports of call as: New York, Philadelphia-Marseilles, Genoa, Naples, Beirut and Alexandria.