For many, a trip on an ocean liner can mean a luxurious break from everyday life. SS Andrea Doria successfully provided a stylish and comfortable journey to a great number of passengers, but for some, a trip away resulted in a journey into inexplicable terror
SS Andrea Doria was named after a 16th-century admiral who once lived in the city of Genoa, the sixth largest city in Italy. It was painted black and white, the same colors as Titanic, with a beam reaching 27 meters and weight of 29,000 GRT (Gross Register Tonnage), almost a quarter of the weight of modern ocean liner Royal Caribbean International
SS Andrea was luxuriously equipped with swimming pools, enclosed promenades and hundreds of crew members. The décor, including a life-size statue of Andrea Doria, summated to costs of around $1 million. Only RMS Queen Mary, RMS Queen Elizabeth, and French ocean liner SS Normandie were comparable in style.
SS Andrea Doria was launched for the first time after the Second World War, in a patriotic attempt to show recovery from the years of torment in Italy. She touched water for the first time on 16th June 1951.
The fog is caused by the meeting of the Labrador current, which carries cold water, with the warmer currents of the Gulf Stream
…a calm sea masked the line between the true and false horizons, camouflaging the iceberg. A Titanic lookout sounded the alarm when the berg was about a mile away—too late”, writes smithsonianmag.com.