Flashback in maritime history - Andrea Doria/Stockholm collision – 25 July 1956 (video)

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(www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The Swedish passenger ship Stockholm and the Italian passenger ship Andrea Doria collided on the edge of a heavy fog bank off Nantucket on 25 July 1956.

The Andrea Doria sank several hours after the collision, but not before 1,660 passengers and crew were rescued.

 

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There were 46 deaths. While the exact cause of the casualty has never been determined, it appears to have been a “radar-assisted” collision, with the officers of the watch on both vessels misinterpreting the radar images and taking the wrong actions.

The wreck of the Andrea Doria has become a popular, though notorious, destination for deep-sea divers. The Stockholm was rebuilt following the collision. It has gone through a number of owners and names and sailed for many years as the cruise ship MV Athena. On 3 December 2008, it was attacked by pirates while transiting the Gulf of Aden, but was able to evade the attempted boarding. It is now owned by a UK company and sails as the MV Astoria.

 

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