6. SS Andrea Doria
Our final maritime disaster involves an Italian ocean liner called the SS Andrea Doria. Named after the 16th-century Genoese admiral and home-ported in Genoa, the ship was part of the Italia di Navigazione S.p.A., a passenger shipping line that operated regular transatlantic services between Italy and the United States, and Italy and South America.
On 25 July 1956, while she was approaching the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts in the United States (she was bound for New York City) and through heavy fog, the eastbound Stockholm of the Swedish American Line crashed into the side of her below the waterline, ripping open five of her fuel tanks and causing them to fill with thousands of tons of seawater. Of the 1,706 passengers and crew, 1,660 were rescued, while 46 lost their lives.