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Collision Course: The Classic Story of the…

Collision Course: The Classic Story of the Collision of the Andrea Doria…

by Alvin Moscow

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​Collision Course: The Classic Story of the Collision of the Andrea Doria and the Stockholm was written by Alviin Moscow in 1959, just three years after the event. Over the years, the author has updated the book as new information became available. The latest edition is dated 2015 and includes information about the continuing efforts to explore the wreck.

The Andrea Doria was the definition in Italian elegance when she sailed between Geno, Italy and New York. She had made over one hundred crossings. She was beautiful ship, decorated with Italian artwork and the best in comfort in all three classes. After 11:00pm on July 25, 1956, the Andrea Doria collided off the coast of Nantucket with the Swedish liner Stockholm. There is still
debated on which ship caused the collision. Mr. Moscow does a great job of detailing the history of both ships and the events leading up to the collision.

The book also includes great pictures and blueprints of both ships. It also includes the series of photos taken the morning after showing the sinking of the Andrea Doria. Many of the survivors' stories, as well as testimony from the inquiries help give the book a very human touch. If you enjoyed Eric Larson's Dead Wake, you will enjoy Collision Course. I would rate it 4 out of 5 stars.

​Thank you to NetGalley for a copy in exchange for a fair review. ( )
  nhalliwell | Nov 13, 2016 |
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Hailed by Walter Lord, author of A Night to Remember, as a (3zssplendid book,(3y sthis is the definitive account of the worst maritime disaster of modern times: the improbable collision of two luxury passenger liners in the North Atlantic One of the largest, fastest, and most beautiful ships in the world, the Andrea Doria was on her way to New York from her home port in Genoa. Departing from the United States was the much smaller Stockholm. On the foggy night of July 25, 1956, fifty-three miles southeast of Nantucket, the Stockholm sliced through the Doria?s steel hull. Within minutes, the sea was pouring into the Italian liner. Eleven hours later, she capsized and sank into the ocean. Associated Press journalist Alvin Moscow, who covered the court hearings that sought to explain the causes of the tragedy and interviewed all the principals, re-creates with compelling accuracy the actions of the ships? officers and crews, and the terrifying experiences of the Doria?s passengers as they struggled to evacuate a craft listing so severely that only half of its lifeboats could be launched. Recounting the heroic, rapid response of other ships?which averted a catastrophe of the same scale as that of the Titanic?and the official inquest, Moscow delivers a fact-filled, fascinating drama of how a supposedly unsinkable ship ended up at the bottom of the sea.… (more)

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