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IN THE AUGUST 1933 THE RECORD: FROM EUROPE TO AMERICA IN 4 DAYS, 13 HOURS AND 58 MINUTES TO THE AVERAGE OF 29 KNOTS.

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Summer 1933: all of Italy is celebrating. The transatlantic Rex was proclaimed the Sovereign of the Atlantic after breaking every record of speed and time in the crossing from Europe to New York, surpassing the maritime nations of the world by surprise. Less than a year had passed since the inaugural trip, September 27, 1932, a beautiful autumn day, when the Rex had sailed from Genoa for his first crossing of the Atlantic.

 

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That ship, the largest transatlantic that would ever have been launched in Italy, had attracted the attention of the public and the international press since its conception, which took place three years earlier. In the climate of recession caused by the great crisis of ’29, the announcement of the construction of the largest, most luxurious and fastest transatlantic ever made, had been around the world.

 

 

 

 

The Rex was not conceived as a classic transatlantic, a sort of huge fast ferry, designed primarily to arrive at its destination as quickly as possible. The new Italian flagship instead became one of the first large cruise units in history, with on-board equipment aimed primarily at creating a new type of passenger, the tourist, the one who embarks on a journey for pleasure and not for necessity, when the cult of the fitness and physical well-being that is now depopulated in the United States and wins the modesty of wearing a swimsuit in public even the Old World contagious. A myriad of innovations therefore make the Rex a conceptually innovative ship, progenitor of the large floating and cruise holiday villages of which today Italy is a world leader in production.

 

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In August 1933, under the command of Francesco Tarabotto, he flew from Gibraltar to New York in just 4 days, 13 hours and 58 minutes, at a fantastic average of 29 knots, with peaks of thirty and more. For the Rex it was a triumph: he won the Nastro Azzurro and entered the myth. He had beaten the British, French and German flagships, winning the title of the fastest ship in the world.

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