A VIKING FUNERAL FOR THE NORSEMAN
The Andrea Doria was Italy’s largest, fastest, and most opulent luxury ocean liner, and barely three years old when she set sail from Genoa on July 17, 1956. She and the Norseman met their fates eight days later, roughly 50 miles south of Nantucket in a fog bank. On the night of July 25, a smaller Swedish cruise ship, the MS Stockholm, collided with her, puncturing the Andrea Doria amidships with the bow and causing her to capsize and sink in the morning hours of July 26. Miraculously, just 46 of the 1,706 passengers and crew aboard the Andrea Doria lost their lives in the collision—along with five crew aboard the Stockholm, which, although heavily damaged, did not sink. The remainder were rescued, but all the cargo aboard—including the Norseman—sank in 260 feet of North Atlantic water. In the 62 years since the wreck of the Andrea Doria, the site has become a favorite spot for adventure-seeking scuba divers, but the Norseman has never been located in the wreckage.