New York did it big in mobilizing to receive the shipwrecked hundreds from the Andrea Doria and the Stockholm. Red tape was wiped out. Helping hands waited instead. Passports were waived, public health inspection was suspended. There was no need for customs. Medical teams, ambulances, buses, canteens, multi-lingual volunteers and loans of money were ready at North River piers and the Army base in Brooklyn as the disaster survivors arrived. A quick decision by the State Department in Washington loosened the passport requirements, and within a few minutes, Federal Immigration, Customs, and Public Health officials met at the Custom House with steamship line officers to expedite the entry of the injured, the unnerved and the anxious passengers.
Mayor Wagner and Police Commissioner Kennedy set in motion the city's facilities to ease the journey from pier to hospital or hotel or home. The Red Cross offered its disaster service and canteens. The Travelers Aid Society organized staffs of persons who speak several languages and provided money to arrange quick cash. The Italian Line arranged to announce the arrival of survivors at the piers so reunion with waiting friends and relatives would be quick. Customs officers lifted the usual inspections, requiring only that passengers sign a blank declaration as they left the piers. Realizing that many would have lost passports, Edward J. Shaughnessy, District Director of Immigration and Naturalization, announced that, aliens as well as citizens would be exempt from presenting credentials.
Ile de France
Many survivors departed with friends they had made while facing death together, friends they will have for life.
Maurice Couve de Murville, French
Ambassador in Washington, sent a message of congratulations to the Ile de
France. Captain de Beaudean read the message to the reporters in his cabin.
"I ask you to accept for yourself and transmit to the officers and crew of
the Ile de France my sincere congratulations for the magnificent
part taken in the rescue of the victims of the collision between the Andrea
Doria and Stockholm. Because of your ship, the French flag is once
more at the place of honor through an action which shows the solidarity and
courage of our mariners."
The Ile de France cast off her lines at 8:10 p.m. and slowly backed out into the river. Her prow swung around and once again she headed for Europe. Her part in the rescue would delay her arrival in Le Havre by at least twenty-four hours. In the words of Captain de Beaudean, "What's that compared to lives."
Italian children, separated from their parents in the sinking, arrived
on the Cape Ann in custody of crewmembers.
other two children Vito Rizzi, About 3, and Sabina, about 5, came ashore
from the Cape Ann with crewmembers. They too were about
to be bundled off to the children's shelter, clad in brand new Red Cross
outfits, when their uncle Luigi Rizzi, of the Bronx, appeared to claim
them. The uncle explained that Vito and Sabina had been placed in one
life-boat and their parents, Giusseppe and Maria Rizzi, in another. Both
parents were injured and were taken aboard the Ile De France.
When the French line docked, the parents were sent to Roosevelt
Hospital. From there they
contacted Rizzi’s brother Luigi, who came to the Cape Ann.
while his wife rushed to the hospital.
Luigi and Michael Moscatiello are finally reunited with their mother Angela, she arrived earlier on the Ile de France.
At 9:05 pm all the survivors were landed.
Pvt. William H. Thomas
Edward R. Allen
It was about midnight when the Navy escort Edward R. Allen arrived at the
Brooklyn Army Terminal in Brooklyn with officers and crew members of the Andrea
Doria. As reporters and photographers waited, the captain conferred with
with officials of the Italian Line and the Italian government. Acting on their
instructions, the crew kept silent regarding the cause of the collision.
Captain Calamai was escorted from the ship, the ordeal placed a great strain on him. His brother Mario took him to his own house so he could rest.
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