Friends of the Andrea Doria Newsletter

Vol. 1 Issue 2 Wednesday, September 05, 2001

In Passing:

I was informed by my good friend and fellow survivor Antonio De Girolamo that his father, Francesco De Girolamo, Tourist Class survivor, passed away on Tuesday September 4th, 2001 in California. He was 94 years old.  My condolences to Antonio and his family.

Ludwig Waibel was a crewman on the Cape Ann the night the ship came to the Andrea Doria’s rescue. Ludwig recently passed away and his Granddaughter Lisa found a letter of citation in his wallet for his part in the rescue. The Cape Ann was recognized as a “Gallant Ship” by the US Department of Commerce. Lisa was kind enough to scan the letter and send it to me for inclusion on the web site. Thank you Lisa!


Survivor Patrizia Carboni was 11 months old when her family came to the US on the Andrea Doria. She recently contacted us and we are happy to find three more survivors. Her father and brother are still alive but unfortunately her mom has passed away about 12 years ago. Welcome to our survivor family!

We have also heard from Daniel Dean about his survivor mom Ellen Dean. She was in First Class and we have added one more survivor to our ranks!

From Stuttgart Germany, survivor Klaus Dorneich sends his greetings and his personal recollection has been added to the web site. You will find it in the Recollections area.

New Canaan High School in New Canaan Connecticut is having a special day on September 28th, 2001. They are seeking an Andrea Doria survivor to speak to the children about overcoming tragedies.  The goal for the day is devoted to Overcoming Adversity and Respecting Diversity. They have survivors speaking from:  USS Indianapolis, Holocaust, Mt. Everest, the 442nd from WWII, a survivor from the Japanese detention camps, a Cuban exile and a Viet Nam survivor.  If you are a survivor and are interested in speaking at this event please contact me at and I’ll put you in touch with the Vice Principal of the school.


The History Channel International (New cable channel) will broadcast:

Voyages: The Sinking of the Andrea Doria

Tuesday 9/25/2001 at 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Tuesday 9/25/2001 at 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Check your cable listings for time and channel.


If you are near Fall River Massachusetts you may want to stop and visit The Marine Museum at Fall River. In addition to a Titanic and Fall River Line display, they have a permanent display of the Andrea Doria.

The spirit of the ship the world recognized as the "grand dame of the sea" is alive and well at the Marine Museum. Featured in this exhibit are a life ring from the Andrea Doria, a 39" detailed model of the liner, original color brochures and deck plans aimed at attracting prospective passengers, first class dinnerware salvaged from the wreck, pictures chronicling Doria's final moments during the early morning hours of July 26, 1956, and more. Visit the Marine Museum to experience the short-lived era of splendor enjoyed by the Andrea Doria - among the twentieth century's most legendary maritime legacies.

Call (508) 674-3533 for more information or you can send your request via E-Mail to Visit their website at


Desperate Hours: The Epic Story of the Sinking and Rescue of the Andrea Doria by Richard Goldstein. is offering it at $17.46 and it will be available Sept. 28th. 


I was born in New York on July 25, 1956. My grandfather's name was Anthony Valente and he lived in Jackson Heights, Queens, NY. He was an immigrant from Naples, Italy in the early 1900's. I was surprised to see a man named Anthony Valente on the list of those lost on the Andrea Doria. Further adding to my surprise was that he sailed from Naples. I wonder if I am related to that gentleman who lost his life the day I was born. 

Feel free to forward this to anyone who may have info.

Ralph John Valente

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