“Out of the Fog”

Remembering the Andrea Doria; Tragedy & Rescue at Sea


It was a rainy morning in January, 1953 when the Italian Ocean Liner, Andrea Doria made her debut appearance in New York City.  The first Italian transatlantic steamship launched since WWII, she was considered Italy’s new symbol of national pride.  With flags flying, horns and sirens blaring and a fleet of tugs, fireboats, and ferries there to herald her into the harbor, the welcome for this beautiful, state-of-the-art ship was overwhelming.  Sadly, though, just a few years later, in a sequence of badly made decisions, the fate of the Andrea Doria was doomed.  On a foggy July evening in 1956 the Andrea Doria collided with the Swedish Ocean Liner, Stockholm and sank to the bottom of the sea, 45 miles south of Nantucket.  Now, sixty years later, we honor her majestic lines and the tragedy that ensued, while also remembering those who were lost or rescued on that fateful night and following day.

This season’s exhibit promises to be one of our more moving and awe inspiring tributes to date.  The exhibit includes photographs, stories, corresponding hands-on activities for all ages, and a display of unique and authentic artifacts from the Andrea Doria’s last voyage.

Additionally, we will once again offer our best-loved activities for children, to enjoy on the grounds of the museum.  These favorites will include ropes to scale as if climbing to a mast, breeches buoy swings, and a child-size surfboat for imaginative play by all.  To continue the Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum’s time-honored tradition of offering fun and educational experiences for all ages, we will have new and exciting indoor activities, as well.  These will include a hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind nautical game and a special Shipwreck Surprise – not to be missed!!