Friends of the Andrea Doria Newsletter
Vol. 1 Issue 8 Thursday, July 25, 2002
Dear Friends and survivors,
Today marks the 46th anniversary of the collision between the Andrea Doria and the Stockholm and I would like you to pause for a moment to remember those who perished on both ships.
Thanks to your help the Memorial Wreath was a success. The "Strawberry Fields" florist located in Montauk NY created the Memorial Wreath and delivered it to the ship "Seeker" that was docked in Montauk preparing for the trip out to the Andrea Doria. Captain Dan Crowell was scheduled to make three trips out to the Andrea Doria and we decided that he would bring the wreath out on his first trip on July 12th. Weather is a large factor in going out to the Andrea Doria and if he was not able to go out on the 12th he would try again on July 17th. Although it was early for the anniversary it was a good decision, his last trip on July 23rd was cancelled due to the weather.
The weather on July 12th was ideal and the sea was rather calm as the "Seeker" left port at 11:00pm on July 11th for the 10-12 hour trip to the Andrea Doria. The wreath was placed in the ocean and anchored to the Andrea Doria with a length of line so the current would not carry it away. The wreath lasted for several hours until the sea and birds dismantled it. One of the divers read a short memorial containing the names of all that were lost and Captain Dan videotaped the event. During the coming months he will edit the tape and send along a few pictures for the web site.
This is the memorial that was read:
Many thanks to the following for donating to the Memorial Wreath:
Anna Conti Greene-Survivor
Luciano Fiume-His father, Salvatore, created some of the paintings that were displayed on the Andrea Doria
Raffaele Minotauro-His father Gaetano was a crew member on the Andrea Doria
Carmina Ruggiero Iuso-Survivor
Joseph Galante-Friend of the Andrea Doria
Andrew Calvano-Born on the Andrea Doria in March of 1954
Mr & Mrs. Carl DiPilato-Brother of survivor Angela Grillo
Angela and Anthony Grillo-Survivors
Pierette Domenica Simpson-Survivor
Ada Di Fabio was 16yrs old and left Naples by herself on her way to the US. She lives in the US and her daughter has contacted me with her address. I am always happy to find another survivor!
Dear Mr. Grillo,
It was a pleasure to find your Andrea Doria website. Our friend and neighbor, Miss Josephine Galasso, was aboard ship that fateful night. She'd collected a sample of Italian coins and stamps for me, an eight year old in Woodside, Queens, New York. To our great happiness, she herself survived, but to my childish disappointment, the little collection of coins and stamps went to the bottom of the Atlantic.
I remember Josephine telling my mother of her night of horror but I was too young to fully understand or to remember.
Inwood, New York
In yesterday's newsletter you mentioned captain Don Crowell's intention
It is unfortunate, but the Andrea Doria is collapsing into an
unrecognizable rubble pile and would make it virtually impossible to locate the
painting. Though even if the grand dame were still intact, the painting would
have long ago deteriorated. Only the art work made of plaster and clay (of which
several have been recovered) would have a chance to survive, along with china
and the ship's fittings. I will keep an eye out for it will exploring the
wreck this season and well be happy to report any evidence if I run across it.
Captain Dan Crowell
I can give you my thoughts on this since I have been in this
room many times and have looked for this beautiful
picture--one of my personal favorites, by the way. I spent a good bit of time looking for it from 1991-1994; however, I had not been able to find it. Perhaps it was found after 1994 but personally I doubt it. I found other artifacts in this area, including band equipment in the hallway between first class lounge and first class ballroom, fine Ginori oriental-pattern china, silverware and ashtrays. As you know the statue of Admiral Doria was in First Class lounge and the lounge was torn up pretty good when Glen Garvin retrieved the statue in 1964. I think that they may have disturbed it during their dynamiting of the wall to gain access to the lounge. I hope that this news doesn't damper the spirits of Mr. Fiume-because it may still be down there, preserved under mounds of debris. I certainly wish that that is the case.
Please convey to Mr. Fiume my regards and tell him that I thought that his father's picture was the most beautiful on the ship and that was why I had taken a personal interest in finding it. As you know, it would of been shared back with other people for their enjoyment.
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