Friends of the Andrea Doria Newsletter

Vol. 1 Issue 10 Thursday, December 19, 2002

Hello friends,

I wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

A little over a year ago Mr. Werner O. Grabner sent me some interesting photographs and a list of Andrea Doria crewman that were rescued by the Edward H. Allen. He also enclosed some photographs he took of the Andrea Doria. Werner was a crewman on the Allen. I will be posting his photos on the web site shortly.
The crew list does bring up an interesting mystery. There are 2 crewmembers on his list that are not on the crew list that is supposed to be official. The names are Giordano Franciosi (stevedore) and Antonio Manilo (deck boy), hopefully the mystery will eventually be solved.

Speaking of mysteries, it always amazes me how some pieces of the puzzle start to fall into place. Domenica Pugliano Frazier wrote to tell me I have her father's name misspelled. I had it as Raffael Rugliano instead of Raffael Pugliano. He was traveling with his sister Carmela, both are living in the US. Another correction has been made.  


"Desperate Hours: The Epic Rescue of the Andrea Doria" by Richard Goldstein, will be published in paperback next February by John Wiley & Sons, which was also the hardcover publisher. 

"Fatal Depth: Deep Sea Diving and the Wreck of the Andrea Doria." by Joe Haberstroh. The publisher is Lyons Press. The book includes a chapter on the sinking. The book will be published on February 1st, 2003

Pietro Boccasrossa called to tell me that his father, Ugo Boccarossa, is living in the US. Ugo was a Tourist Class passenger.

Antonio Pacchiano has contacted me and is living in the US. He was 9 years old at the time.

Jack and Sharon Bendrihem have informed me that Jack's uncle, survivor Joseph Bendrihem, passed away in January 2001. Joseph's wife and son, Alegria and Isidor, live in the US.

From Mexico, Emilio Lezama writes to tell me that his grandparents Federico and Maria Elena Rodriquez Hicks are both deceased.

Piera Burzio was 9 years old and traveling to the US with her grand-parents. She called me and put me in contact with another survivor Germaine D'Onofrio. Both are living in the US. Piera, now Pierette Simpson, would like to speak with other survivors. If you are willing to speak with Pierette, please contact me and I will put you in touch with her.

Usually we think of only Andrea Doria survivors, however the Stockholm also had survivors. The Ekspong family was on the Stockholm and helped the Porporino family with clothing. Prof. Gosta Ekspong contacted me from Sweden. I'm happy to hear from them. Prof. Ekspong found a photograph that was taken aboard the Stockholm of the Porporino family and he sent it to Joseph Porporino to be included on the web site. You can find the color photo in the What's New area and in the Souls Area under the Porporino name in Tourist class.

Vincent D'Angelo, son of survivor, Vincenzo D'Angelo writes to inform us his father was 13 years old when he was on the Andrea Doria. He was traveling alone to meet his father. He his now 60 and has a wife and son.

Biagio Simioli informed me that his father, Luigi Simioli, passed away in 1993.

From the Mail Bag:

By  this e-mail  I  like  to  wish  you  and  your  family, but  also  all  the survivors  and  Friends  of  the  Andrea  Doria, a  Merry  Christmas  and a  Happy  New  Year.  
Many  greetings  from: 
Jacob  Denneman
The  Netherlands 


I have added a license plate frame to the web site shop. The top of the frame displays the web address "" and the bottom displays "Keeping the Memory Alive". It is a great way to advertise the existence of the web site and to contribute to its operating cost.

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