Alive on the Andrea Doria!: The Greatest Sea Rescue in History [NOOK Book]

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One half-century later, the catastrophic ramming of the MS Stockholm into the Italian luxury liner the SS Andrea Doria in 1956 is relived in this candid, heartrending account. Author Pierette Domenica Simpson, who, with her grandparents, survived the tragedy off the shoals of Nantucket, shares the human and technical aspects of what has become known as the greatest sea rescue in history. As only an eyewitness can do, the author presents survivors' recollections in dramatic vignettes that meticulously re-create a ...
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Alive on the Andrea Doria!: The Greatest Sea Rescue in History

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Overview

One half-century later, the catastrophic ramming of the MS Stockholm into the Italian luxury liner the SS Andrea Doria in 1956 is relived in this candid, heartrending account. Author Pierette Domenica Simpson, who, with her grandparents, survived the tragedy off the shoals of Nantucket, shares the human and technical aspects of what has become known as the greatest sea rescue in history. As only an eyewitness can do, the author presents survivors' recollections in dramatic vignettes that meticulously re-create a horrific event-one that could have been another Titanic. Both poor immigrants and wealthy travelers give their accounts of ultimate despair and infinite elation after staring at their own reflections in the black ocean that night and seeing death stare back. Equally dramatic are the revelations of new facts exposed by nautical experts from two continents facts that solve the "mystery" of who was to blame for this most improbable collision between two ships on the open seas.
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Maurizio Eliseo
It is difficult to constrain the fascinating and intricate story of the Andrea Doria tragedy within the pages of a book. But this has been done, thanks to Pierette Simpson. If you like mysteries, do not read this book, because she was there, and she'll tell you the untold truth, putting an end to the Andrea Doria mystery. A praiseworthy achievement. (Maurizio Eliseo Naval inspector, author, professor, historian)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781614481416
  • Publisher: Morgan James Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/1/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 316
  • Sales rank: 755,467
  • File size: 7 MB

Meet the Author

Pierette Domenica Simpson was born in northern Italy, near Torino, and immigrated to the United States as a young girl. Fluent in French, Italian, and Spanish, she retired from teaching foreign languages to become an author and speaker. Moreover, Ms. Simpson collaborates with naval architects, shipwreck divers and survivors for the advancement of maritime safety. She is also the gatekeeper of Andrea Doria survivor stories. Her short story of inspiration for transcending tragedies is published in the book series, Thank God I...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2012

    Really good bboo Wow

    Great book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2006

    The most historically significant book of 2006

    Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the sinking of what was regarded in its day as the most elegant and opulent of all luxury liners, THE definitive, authoritative book on the Andrea Doria has finally been written. Of all the books ever published on this famous ship and its infamous sinking, this is the first and only book ever authored by a surviving passenger. There is no other person alive today who knows more about the Andrea Doria and its tragic demise than this author. The first half of the book is a riveting collection of personal accounts from passengers and crewmembers aboard the ship, with recollections of life-and-death drama, courage and heroism painted against the backdrop of impending and escalating peril. The second half of the book is a technical and scientific examination of exactly how and why the Stockholm crashed into the Andrea Doria, revealing for the first time ever some startling new facts which have never before been published. Finally, the truth is now revealed. The conclusive evidence presented herein returns the culpability for the causes of the collision to the correct place, demonstrating clearly the errors made by the crew of the Swedish liner, and vindicating at last the crew of the Italian liner. The collusion between lawyers and insurers in the illegal obstruction of justice in the Federal Court settlement is now also finally exposed. The particular ways in which the court hearings came to a suspicious and abrupt end before testimony had been completed, and without a trial, and without even an examination of the ships¿ course recorders or other evidence, are revealed in this book. As the author profoundly states, the Truth was the main casualty of this disaster. Lives were lost, injuries were sustained, immigrants lost their entire worldly possessions, and careers were destroyed, as in the case of Captain Calamai, who unjustly became a scapegoat for someone else¿s mistakes, as the insurer gave greater priority to a quick and easy settlement than to a truthful, just or fair one. Fortunately, however, there is great encouragement to be found in the heroic rescue efforts that prevailed throughout the foggy waters of the north Atlantic on that night of July 25th, 1956, and this book is an uplifting testament to the power of the human spirit to rise above and conquer any trial. Indeed, the extraordinary rescue efforts that saved so many lives, and which spared the Andrea Doria from being recorded in history as another Titanic, are now recognized as constituting the greatest peacetime maritime rescue in history. This book is not only a gripping, eyewitness account of one of the most important and newsworthy events of the 20th century, but especially with the diagrams and photographs throughout, with the numerous interviews and direct quotations, and with the extensive appendices and notes at the end, this book is also an excellent historic and encyclopedic reference for the facts, figures, technical data and original personal experiences surrounding ¿The Greatest Sea Rescue in History¿.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2006

    Excellent account of the sinking of this beautiful ship.

    The author is able to give you a first hand account of her personal experience aboard this sinking ship. She documents in detail, her life story and the stories of several other survivors who were rescued on the Andrea Doria. GREAT summer reading!!!!

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