The only complete shipwreck account ever written by a shipwreck survivor and endorsed by SNAME.
On July 25, 1956, a most unlikely collision between two ocean liners took place off the foggy shoals of Nantucket. The catastrophic ramming of the Stockholm into Italy's crown jewel, the Andrea Doria, had ramifications around the world.
Today, this most recent collision in modern history is of interest to marine scientists and a lay person alike, especially since it could have been another Titanic. However, the most enticing aspect of the tragedy is the controversy surrounding the collision, rescue, and sinking of the Italian luxury liner. Once limits of liability were placed on the legal proceedings, all evidence gathered to adjudicate the true reason in this for the collision and sinking were halted, and the contents were never divulged.
ALIVE ON THE ANDREA DORIA! breaks open a cold case, one that contests all previous theories. The author/survivor provides definitive conclusions regarding the collision and sinking through eyewitness testimony, interviews with nautical experts, computer simulations, and scientific interpretations.
The controversial rescue and dives to the "Mt. Everest of the Deep" are also discussed. Graphs, charts, and historic photographs are included.
The Andrea Doria calamity is noteworthy for marine forensics in that it led to many aspects of current ship construction and design, rules of navigation, and navigational tools.