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From: Michele/Steve Heiderer <>
Subject: Re: [ITA-SICILY] Napolitan Prince
Date: Sun, 12 Sep 2010 13:34:30 -0700
This line of discussion is fascinating! My grandfather, Nicolo
Mattaliano (the one from Palermo, no the man with the same name from
Agrigento!), was discovered as a stowaway on the Sicilian Prince that
docked at Ellis Island on August 12, 1903. He was deported back to
Palermo on the Napolitan Prince on September 11, 1903. Don't know
how or where he came back to this country but he reappeared as George
Noon and joined the US Navy at the Boston Shipyard in July 1919.
On Sep 11, 2010, at 7:45 PM, wrote:
> WOW Alan...That is an amazing coincidence...What year did your gr-
> gr grandparents arrive aboard the
> Napolitan Prince?
> My grandfather arrived in February 1905...and he was planning on
> living in NYC, until some trouble
> changed his destination to Chicago...
> The movie Golden Door "Nuovomondo" tells the immigrants story @
> 1900, and has shipboard scenes.
> I'm going to look for Emigrant Nation...It will be a good
> addition to the Nicosia book.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Alan Hartman <>
> To: ita-sicily <>
> Sent: Sat, Sep 11, 2010 1:02 am
> Subject: Re: [ITA-SICILY] Prince Ship
> y great great grandparents, Gaspare Di Giovanna and Angela Safina,
> came to the
> nited States aboard this same ship. Interestlingly, they also
> brought with
> hem their future daughter-in-law, Filippa Giarratano, who would
> then marry my
> reat grandfather Luigi DiGiovanna in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
> Last year I was reading a book on Italian emigration, which I
> believe was
> Emigrant Nation, The Making of Italy Abroad" by Mark I. Choate, who
> noted that
> he Neapolitan Prince, the very ship our ancestors used to travel to
> as infamous for its poor conditions aboard and, if I remember
> ventually was put out of commission precisely because of new
> esigned to allow better conditions for immigrants. It appears that
> mmigrant ships were never intended to carry human cargo at all but
> in the boom
> n emigration from Europe many took advantage of the poor masses and
> used cargo
> nd other types of ships to transport immigrants.
> Hope this adds some light to the discussion.
> Thanks for the email to the list!
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