Friends of the Andrea Doria Newsletter

Vol. 1 Issue 4 Saturday, December 15, 2001

In Passing:

Louis Bruno writes to tell us that his uncle, Andrea Ricchezza, was a Tourist Class passenger and his name was missing from our passenger list. He lived in the US until 1990 and returned back home to Italy. He has recently passed away.  

Pat Weippert informed us that her father, Tourist Class passenger Mario Carboni, passed away on October 26 at the age of 85.

Geralyn Sherman, daughter of Tourist Class passenger Alfred Balboni, has informed me that her father  passed away in 1997 at the age of 81.


Cabin Class survivor Lois Hollinger contacted me after her son told her about the website.  She and her husband , Harvey, were on the ship. Harvey passed away in 1986.


Saturday 11/22/2001 at 11:00 pm and Sunday 11/23 at 8:00 pm

Taped presentation of the book, Desperate Hours by Richard Goldstein. Richard spoke at a Connecticut bookstore about the book.


Desperate Hours: The Epic Rescue of the Andrea Doria by Richard Goldstein is available in book stores.


Where can you obtain plans / profiles of Andrea Doria for making a ship model? Any info would be helpful. Thanks, Jack Garrison

In response to Mr Rolph’s query:

Mr. Rolph,  My name is BJ Brower.  I had just finished reading the newsletter sent via email.  I have just started to develop an interest in the Doria and have a friend of mine who has the video that you are looking for.  I'm going to be emailing him later this afternoon and see about getting some contact information for you.  Thank you for your time. With Regards, BJ Brower

I'm familiar with the show you are referring to and believe it aired at least 15 years ago (approx.).  You  might try the Museum of Radio & Television in Manhattan.  Provided they have a copy archived, you can reserve it for viewing, and pursue obtaining your own copy from there. The museum is a great resource for old radio and television clips.  You can reserve items for viewing just as you would books/magazines in a traditional library.  Although I haven't had reason to contact them lately, I'll guess they have a website where you can start your search on-line. Good Luck! Angela Giannetta

Regarding Desperate Hours –The Epic Rescue of the Andrea Doria by Richard Goldstein


Subject is not an example of scholarly work, based on its many inaccuracies about me and my parents.  A simple comparison with Collision Course or Saved would clarify that the author doesn't know or can't keep track of the difference between port and starboard, forward and aft.  

Author puts words into my mouth which I never uttered and he didn't have the courtesy or care to call me for an interview.  Perhaps this is consistent with the type of reporting that goes on at the NY Times, or maybe it's just arrogance and the hubris of the Fourth Estate. Peter Thieriot

(Editor’s Note: Peter Thieriot is a survivor of the Andrea Doria)

Dear gentlemen,

I was making a research (of which later) when I ran into your web site. I am the son of painter Salvatore Fiume (1915-1997) who was the author of a huge painting (ca.144X9 ft) in Andrea Doria that sank with the ship in 1956. A documentation of the painting's bozzetti can be found in my father's web site at The author of the bronze statue of Admiral Andrea Doria in the ship was sculptor Giovanni Paganin (1913-1997), an artist that my father admired very much. My sister and I have the only extant plaster copy of that sculpture. About my research. When my father was about to be assigned the job, he was asked to first paint a copy of Leonardo's Mona Lisa as the company management wanted to be sure that he would be able to reproduce faithfully the number of Italian Renaissance masterpieces that were to be included in his painting, which was conceived as an imaginary Italian city of the 16th Century. Could you help me trace the company that might still have that Mona Lisa? In continuously updating my father's web site, it would be important for me to be able to include a photo of that painting in it. Thank you very much for whatever information you will be able to provide. Sincerely, Luciano Fiume

Happy New Year to you all! I hope you all had a very safe and happy holiday season.

The circulation of this little newsletter keeps growing and I have received some very positive feedback about it. Thank you! I only wish I could also mail it out to the survivors and families that are not connected to the internet.

If you would like some back issues let me know and I’ll email them to you, just let me know the issue numbers.

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