Setting Sail

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The ship Stampalia, which was torpedoed and sunk by a German submarine in the Aegean Sea in 1916.

Even today, it’s a long way from Dosoledo to New York City.  When Clementina left home in May of 1915, she faced a nearly month-long journey that included a horse-drawn carriage to Genoa and the last passenger ship to leave Italy during World War I.  Along with a few possessions, she traveled with her niece Edda, the 19-month-old daughter of her brother Gabriele and his wife Ersilia.  Clementina was 16 years old.

She is listed in the ship manifest as Clementina De Martin Massillon (instead of Mazzalon) sailing on the ship Stampalia from Genoa, Italy. She was passenger ID 100358010038, Frame 782, Line Number 2. She arrived on May 19th, 1015. She was 16 years and 4 months. Her nationality was listed as Italy, Italian North. Her last place of residence was listed as Corneluis Luper (Comelico Superiore), Italy. She is on manifest line #2. The manifest states she is going to the house of her brother Gabriel, who resides at West 405 11th Street in NYC. She is listed as 4’ 11’ with fair hair and blue eyes. Her closest relative in Italy is listed as Giuseppe De Martin, (her father).

Along with her was Edda (mistakenly listed as Eva) De Martin Massalon, noted to be 1 year and 7 months. She is listed as passenger ID 100358010041. All the other information is the same.

The ship was built by Cantieri Navale Riuniti, La Spezia, Italy, 1909. 8,999 gross tons; 476 (bp) feet long; 55 feet wide. Steam Triple Expansion engines, twin screw. Its service speed was 16 knots; it held 2,500 passengers (100 first class, 2400 third class); and had two funnels and two masts. It was built for La Veloce Line in 1909 and named Oceania for the Genoa-Naples-Palermo-New York service. It was renamed Stampalia in 1912 for the Italy-New York service. It was torpedoed and sunk by a German submarine in the Aegean Sea in 1916.

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