Italian American Museum seeks passengers from SS Giuseppe Verdi

Apr 15, 2014 1887

The Italian American Museum is seeking to establish contact with immigrants who made the journey to America aboard the Giuseppe Verdi passenger ship from 1915 to 1928. Passengers who were on board the ship as young children would likely be in their late 80's and 90's today. Many settled in the greater New York City area, and may have remained here.

According to IAM president Dr. Joseph V. Scelsa, the Museum is planning a special program about the Giuseppe Verdi and would like to have passengers present if possible. The ship made numerous transatlantic trips during its years of operation, carrying as many as 2,200 passengers per journey, mostly from the ports of Naples, Genoa, and Palermo to Ellis Island.

The Giuseppe Verdi was built in 1914 and was owned by Transatlantica Italiana S.A. di Navigazione. In 1928, it was sold to Japanese owners and renamed Yamato Maru. It was torpedoed and sunk by a US submarine in the Philippines in 1943.

Passengers or their families are urged to contact the Italian American Museum's public relations representative at 212-262-8800, or by email,

The Italian American Museum is open Monday through Friday for group tours by appointment, and on Saturdays and Sundays to the general public from 12 noon to 6 pm. For more information, call 212-965-9000 or visit

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