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The SS An­drea Do­ria Sank Off the Coast of Mas­sachusetts

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On July 25,1956, on a foggy night with calm seas off the coast of Nan­tucket, Mas­sachusetts, two great ocean lin­ers col­lided in what would be­come one of the most in­fa­mous mar­itime dis­as­ters.

The SS An­drea Do­ria was the pride of post-war Italy, a lux­ury liner with three classes, rang­ing from strug­gling im­mi­grants to wealthy glo­be­trot­ters. The transat­lantic cross­ing be­tween Italy and New York should have taken nine days to com­plete, be­gin­ning in her home­port in Genoa, and then stop­ping in Cannes, Naples, and Gi­bral­tar. Ear­lier on the day of the col­li­sion, the MS Stock­holm had just be­gun her voy­age from New York har­bor to Gothen­burg, Swe­den.

Fol­low­ing the ac­ci­dent, ra­dio dis­tress calls were sent out and an­swered by a num­ber of nearby ves­sels that as­sisted in the res­cue mis­sion. Be­tween the two dam­aged ships, 1,660 pas­sen­gers and crew were res­cued and sur­vived but 46 poor souls died as a con­se­quence of the col­li­sion. Among those res­cued in­cluded the mirac­u­lous re­cov­ery of news com­men­ta­tor Ed­ward P. Mor­gan’s 14-year- old daugh­ter Linda, who was tossed from her bed in the An­drea Do­ria to the deck of the Stock­holm when her cabin was di­rectly struck dur­ing the col­li­sion.

On the fol­low­ing morn­ing, eleven hours af­ter the ini­tial im­pact and dra­matic res­cue mis­sion, the An­drea Do­ria sank to the bot­tom of the ocean, where it still sits to­day.

(AP PHOTO)

Above: The list­ing An­drea Do­ria just be­fore sink­ing on the morn­ing of July 26, 1956.

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