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SS ANDREA DORIA ocean liner model


For a country attempting to rebuild its economy and reputation after World War II, the SS Andrea Doria was an icon of Italian national pride. Of all Italy's ships at the time, SS Andrea Doria was the largest, fastest and safest.   She was also an ocean liner that looked like a handsome yacht. 

Launched on 16 June 1951, the ship undertook its maiden voyage on 14 January 1953.  On 25 July 1956, while Andrea Doria was approaching the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts, bound for New York City, the eastbound MS Stockholm of the Swedish American Line collided with it in what became one of history's most infamous maritime disasters. 

Struck at the side, the SS Andrea Doria immediately started to list severely to starboard, which left half of its lifeboats immediately unusable.  This might have resulted in significant loss of life but the ship's superior design allowed it to stay afloat for a very long time.  1,660 passengers and crew were rescued.  Only 46 people died as a consequence of the collision.  The evacuated liner capsized and sank the following morning, after over 11 hours of floating.

The incident and its aftermath were heavily covered by the news media. While the rescue efforts were both successful and commendable, the cause of the collision with Stockholm and the loss of SS Andrea Doria generated much interest in the media and many lawsuits. Largely because of an out-of-court settlement agreement between the two shipping companies during hearings immediately after the disaster, no determination of the cause(s) was ever formally published. Although greater blame appeared initially to fall on the Italian liner, more recent discoveries have indicated that a misreading of radar on the Swedish ship initiated the collision course, leading to errors on both ships.


This SS Andrea Doria model  features:

- Authentically built based on plans and blueprints. 

- Hollow hull construction (very important), weighing less than 30 lbs which can be carried around by one average-built man.  (A solid hull of this model would be over 80 lbs which feels like a heavy toy rather than an art piece and also needs 2,3 people to carry as well as a fortified table to accommodate.)

- Hollow superstructure is comprised of many individual thin pieces of wood glued together, not several solid pieces of wood stacking on top one another.

- Windows are cutouts (not black decals which will curl up soon), thanks to the hollow structures.

- >95% of parts are wood and metal

72"' long x 23" tall x 12" wide.   Lighting is included  $8,700     S & H is $220     SOLD

And be sure to check out our beautiful, authentic SS Rex model and TS Michelangelo model