It was a dark, foggy night the day the Stockholm crashed into the Andrea Doria. It was Wednesday, July 25th, 1956 when the bow of the ocean liner, the Stockholm, sliced through the equally luxurious Andrea Doria nearby Nantucket, Massachusetts. The bow crushed the row of cabins, including cabin 52, and killed all the passengers in it except one. Many fought for their lives as they tried to leave the ship. Some people were wearing nothing as they left. Many people died retrieving their loved ones. Many rescue ships came, but were unable to save those who already jumped off.
The construction of the Andrea Doria was reported on May 22nd, 1951. Its hull was 637 ft. long and its bright, red bottom and black steel added color to its home port in Genoa. It was blessed by His Eminence Cardinal Siri, Arch Bishop of Genoa, on June 10th, 1951. It was able to maintain a top speed of 26.218 knots.
The Andrea Doria was named after the famous sea captain, Andrea Doria. He was from Genoa and was well known for having fought off the Spanish, French, and Barbary pirates. He was credited as the first man to learn how to sail against the wind. He became Admiral of the Genoese Fleet. The Doria family name lived through the centuries as one of the greatest names of Italy.
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