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Patria (ex - Savoia)
Lake Como, Italy  :  Currently laid-up awaiting a decision on her future

Above : Patria at Villa Olmo, Como, on July 30th 2022. Photo by kind courtesy of Stuart Cameron
Out of service since 1990 but substantially restored in the period 2009-2013, she made a number of public sailings but was not accepted back into the fleet of local operators NLC and has been moored at Villa Olmo since 2016. A decision about her future is awaited as it would appear that she will soon be required to vacate this pier. A major refit is also now required.
For more photos by Stuart Cameron, click here 

Builders : N Odero at Genoa
Engines : Triple Expansion by the builders : Cylinders 
460, 700 and 1080 mm x 1120 mm : 600 HP
Length : 53.77 metres    Breadth : 12.3 m

Entered service in 1926 as Savoia
Renamed Patria in 1943
Reboilered in 1953 and converted to oil
Refitted 1972-73
Made her last cruise in October 1990
Slipped at Dervio for inspection as enthusiasts pressed for her preservation
Substantial replating took place to ensure the vessel could remain afloat
In 1999 a plan to save her was agreed by her owners (NLC), local authorities, a local bank and a local historical society.
Whilst funds remain available, the NLC have not fulfilled their promises and no work has been done.
The sale to the local authority at Como (Provincia di Como) was completed at the end of 2005 for the nominal sum of 1 Euro.
Plans to move the ship temporarily in order to visit the Centobarche exhibition at Como (Sept 22-24, 2006) were abandoned
Work commenced in 2009 on her refurbishment at Dervio
The work was financed by state, provincial and regional authorities with help from the private Cariplo Foundation
First trial run under her own steam took place on May 8th 2013 - to the approval of the certifying body RINA

Subsequent developments have not been good for Patria. She visited several piers on Lake Como but spent much time tied up at Como, still under ownership of the province and deemed unsuitable for most of the roles in the NLC timetable.  NLC have not accepted her back into their fleet and she has been moored and out of service since 2016

Click here for photos of Patria during restoration

Above photo from 2010 by kind courtesy of Olivier Bachmann

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