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NAME

SS. ANDREA DORIA

CLASS

LINER

LAUNCHED

JUNE 16th 1951

BUILT

ANSALDO SHIPYARDS / GENOA / ITALY

WEIGHT

29,083 TONS

LENGTH

700 FEET

WIDTH

90 FEET

SPEED

23 KNOTS - TURBINE ENGINES - TWO PROPELLERS


The Italia Line lost many of their finest ships during World War Two, including their two largest liners, Rex and Conti di Savoia. They began rebuilding their fleet after the war by placing an order for two mid sized ships, Andrea Doria and Cristoforo Colombo. Andrea Doria entered service first setting out on her maiden voyage from Genoa - Cannes and New York January 14th 1953. On one of these voyages July 25th 1956, she encountered fog when approaching New York. At that time, the Swedish America Lines 12,165-ton cargo/passenger liner Stockholm had just set out from New York.

Andrea Doria

The Stockholm and Andrea Doria picked each other up on their radars around 11 pm.  Stockholm was traveling under a clear moonlit sky while Andrea Doria continued through the fog. By the time both ship made visual contact, it seemed they were going to pass dangerously close, this leading to each captain altering coarse. After both officers realized they had turned towards each other, Andrea Doria’s captain made a turn hard to port while Stockholm was put into reverse. These maneuvers failed to prevent a collision as the Swedish ships bow cut into seven of the Andrea Doria’s decks, just aft of the bridge, killing 46 passengers. Stockholm survived the collision, as damage to her bow never acceded the first watertight compartment. The less fortunate Andrea Doria soon showed signs she was going to sink. This forced the crews of the French Lines Ile de France and Stockholm to waste no time in rescuing Andrea Doria’s surviving passengers and crew before she sank bow first into 250 feet of water. Her near identical sister ship Cristoforo Colombo was sold to Venezuela in 1977 to be used as a workers accommodation ship at Puerto Ordaz. Her demise came in 1982 after being towed to the Taiwanese ship breakers at Kaohsiung.

Below, the Stockholm soon after the collision
Stockholm
Below, Andrea Doria as she disappeared beneath the sea
Andrea Doria
Below, Andrea Doria soon after sinking
Andrea Doria
Below, the wreck of Andrea Doria a few years later
Andria Doria

Cristoforo Colombo

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