Secrets of the Dead: Season 5, Episode 4

The Sinking of the Andrea Doria (2006)

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The 1956 sinking of the luxurious Italian liner Andrea Doria is detailed. After being rammed near Nantucket by the Swedish liner Stockholm, the Andrea Doria stayed afloat for many hours, allowing most aboard to be rescued. This documentary explores who might have been at fault and includes interviews with survivors from both ships. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Collision Course
24 July 2007 | by (Camden Town, London, England) – See all my reviews

This one-hour documentary will be of interest to anyone who likes ships, or has sailed the Atlantic Ocean.

The Italian liner Andrea Doria (built 1951, 29,083 gross tons) was nearing New York, and the Swedish liner Stockholm (built 1948, 12,165 gross tons) had not long sailed, when they collided late on the night of 25 July 1956.

The film gives a flavour of the beautiful Andrea Doria in her short life - her interiors and her passengers.

The time leading up to the collision is well-covered and the whole event is supported with comments from people who were there. 46 people died in the collision and the documentary ends with a commentary on the legal proceedings, together with a modern appreciation of the real cause of the collision, now that more papers have been released.

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Andrea_Doria and the book "Collision Course" by Alvin Moscow (Longmans, 1959).

In the final frames of "On The Waterfront" (1954) the Andrea Doria can be seen underway in New York Harbour (it is unlikely to be her sister-ship, Cristoforo Colombo, as her maiden voyage was in 1954).


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