The SS Andrea Doria Sank Off the Coast of Massachusetts
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.
Above: The listing Andrea Doria just before sinking on the morning of July 26, 1956.