Crowd watching the departing Augustus

Black and white photograph of a crowd of people watching the departing passenger ship the Augustus. The vantage point of the photograph suggests that the photograph was taken from the departing ship, most likely by Maria Battiston. Streamers can be seen in the right foreground.

The MS Augustus was built for the Italian Line shipping company in 1950. On March 4, 1952, the Augustus sailed from Genoa to South America on her maiden voyage. The ship was put in a normal route from Genoa and stopped at Halifax eight times between 1958 and 1961. According to the archives at Pier 21 in Halifax, Nova Scotia the Augustus also stopped at the following ports: New York, Boston, Ponta Delgada, Lisbon, Casablanca, Gibraltar, Palma De Mallorca, Barcelona, Cannes, Genoa, Palermo, Naples, Patras, Venice and Trieste.