61 Years – Andrea Doria and Stockholm collision – 25 July 1956
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 built in 1951 by Ansaldo Shipyards of Genoa, Italy sank several hours after the collision, but not before 1,660 passengers and crew were rescued.
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 STOCKHOM was rebuilt following the collision. It has gone through a number of owners and names and sailed for many years as the cruise ship ATHENA. On 3 December 2008, she was attacked by pirates while transiting the Gulf of Aden, but was able to evade the attempted boarding.
Photo of ATHENA with imo 5383334 leaving Valletta, Malta on 14th August, 2008 – www.maltashipphotos.com