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83–72 million years ago, Deinosuchus was the largest predator in North America. Deinosuchus
Deinosuchus riograndensis, an extinct giant relative of alligators, was the undisputed top predator in the rivers and estuaries along the east coast of southern Laramidia — a huge island that formed when the rising sea divided North America into several continental islands. From fossil remains it has been estimated to have grown to about 11 metres in length and weigh 6–7 tonnes, by far exceeding any modern alligator or crocodile. It was twice as heavy as the largest tyrannosaurs of its time and, as suggested by bite marks preserved on fossil bones, it preyed on dinosaurs. At this time there were also smaller-sized Deinosuchus, which may be of a different species, living along the southern and eastern coast of the island called Appalachia. The evidence that this Appalachian population commonly preyed on turtles include bite marks preserved on fossil turtle bones.
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SS Sydney laid down in San Francisco at the Western Pipe & Steel Co as a C3 class as a cargo ship to be named Croatan and just like her sister SS Roma they were both completed as an Auxiliary Aircraft Carriers. She was launched named HMS Fencer on April 9, 1942 and she was officially commissioned by the Royal navy on February 27, 1943.
Both Atheling and Fencer were purchased by Lauro Lines to be rebuilt as modern passenger liners. Unlike other C3 ships, both Sydney (Fencer) and Roma (Atheling) were rebuilt as classy looking two class liners.
Entered the Italy - Australian service in 1951 and managed to set a whole new standard in migrant transportation, as they offered superior surroundings.
MS Angelina Lauro
MS Oranje, later known as MS Angelina Lauro, was a passenger liner, a wartime hospital ship and finally a cruise ship that was lost while being towed for scrap. She sank in a storm in the mid-Pacific, on 24 September 1979. The ship underwent 25 years' service as MS Oranje, and fifteen as MS Angelina Lauro. She was a cruise ship for the last seven years of her career.