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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

60th Anniversary Of The Sinking of the Italian Liner - Andrea Doria.

Today marks the 60th Anniversary of the Sinking of the Andrea Doria -

The beautiful  Italian Liner - Andrea Doria.

On the night of July 25, 1956, at 11:10 PM,  the Italian ocean liner SS Andrea Doria was struck by the Swedish ship MS Stockholm in heavy fog off the coast of Nantucket. The ice-strengthened bow of the Stockholm T-boned the Andrea Doria and her sharp prow deeply penetrated the glorious liner. Taking on water almost immediately, the ship began to list and took 11 hours to roll on her side and sink under the waves.

Sleek Swedish America Liner - Stockholm
Sleek Swedish America Liner - Stockholm
Rescue ships, arrived including a small freighter - the Cape Ann and the grand liner - Ide de France helped to transfer passengers from the stricken liner. In total 1,660 people were saved before the Andrea Doria  finally capsized and sank the following morning at 10:09 AM. In total 51 passengers lost their life.

Andrea Doria - Italian Liner taking on water.
Controversy over who was at fault continued for the years that followed. Recent investigates have  determined that the Stockholm was at fault but the captain of the Andrea Doria - Captain Calamai carried the guilt from the accident and loss of life for years. Reports stated that he never went back to sea and he moved into the mountains of Italy to not be nears the sea. It was also reported that on his death bed - his last words were, "Are all of the passengers safe".

For a complete article on the Andrea Doria and her sinking >  Check out The Sinking of the Andrea Doria at History.com.


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