The Stockholm was one of the two ships that were part of a collision that would make it remembered throughout history.
This was the third Stockholm made. The first Stockholm caught fire and the second was bombed at Trieste. Both were destroyed before the end of World War II. Only after the war would the third Stockholm be made. The plans for the new ship were made in October, 1944. Though it was the largest ship that was built in Sweden at the time, it was made smaller than the first two ships. It was finally launched in September in 1946.
Years later, on July 25, 1956, the Stockholm met with the Andrea Doria. Its bow sliced through the other ship by Nantucket. Though the Stockholm was reinforced, the Andrea Doria wasn't. After the collision, the Stockholm drifted into New York harbor with many survivors from the Andrea Doria.
In the end, neither ship took the blame for the collision. The Italian Line received $30 million and the Swedish American Line got $1million for a new bow.
The Stockholm served a long time and was finally sold in 1986 to Panama and was later sold to Italy in the 1990's. It made famous head lines "E ARRIVATA LA NAVE DELLA MORTE," meaning "the ship of death has arrived." It was then brought to Genoa to be fixed and, under the service of Nina Cruises, was renamed "Italia Prima".
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