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Piero's father and author of many of the old pictures I included in
this site, was a friend and a relative of Ugo Cavallero who, at that time, was
president of the Ansaldo company (a state owned heavy industry company).
This friendship allowed family Sartorio to be invited to the launch of the Rex, at that time the largest transatlantic ever built. The launch happened on August the 1st, 1931 with the participation of King Vittorio Emanuele III and Queen Elena.
Accidentally, some years later, Piero was to travel to the United States on this ship.