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The Sinking of the Andrea Doria
'In nine minutes, it was all over'
"It's passengers are enjoying their last night at sea -- dining, dancing, playing cards -- as the luxury liner Andrea Doria sails through fog-bound waters. It is 11 p.m., July 25, 1956. The ship is just off Nantucket; it should be in New York by morning.
Cruising out of New York Harbor is the Stockholm, a Swedish-American liner, its prow heavily reinforced against winter ice. Each ship spots the other on radar. Both radar screens indicate that they will pass safely.
Within minutes something goes horribly wrong. With a sudden shock of impact and screech of ripping metal, the Stockholm tears a 40-foot hole in the Andrea Doria's starboard side. Water gushes in. Passengers race about. The crew lowers lifeboats. A massive evacuation begins."
Photo by Harry Trask, 1956
Most of the original 4x5 film negatives from this disaster sequence have been donated by the Trask Family to the Newseum, the Interactive Museum of News in Washington, DC. TraskPhoto.Com maintains a digital archive of these images that were scanned at very high resolution on a Scitex Film Scanner. The resulting digital images are available as large-format Fine Art prints for personal or commercial use. Contact us for more information.