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SS ANDREA DORIA ocean liner model

 

For a country attempting to rebuild its economy and reputation after World War II, the SS Andrea Doria was an icon of Italian national pride. Of all Italy's ships at the time, SS Andrea Doria was the largest, fastest and safest. Launched on 16 June 1951, the ship undertook its maiden voyage on 14 January 1953.

On 25 July 1956, while Andrea Doria was approaching the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts, bound for New York City, the eastbound MS Stockholm of the Swedish American Line collided with it in what became one of history's most infamous maritime disasters. Struck in the side, the top-heavy SS Andrea Doria immediately started to list severely to starboard, which left half of its lifeboats unusable. The consequent shortage of lifeboats might have resulted in significant loss of life, but the efficiency of the ship's technical design allowed it to stay afloat for over 11 hours.  1,660 passengers and crew were rescued and survived, while 46 people died as a consequence of the collision.  The evacuated luxury liner capsized and sank the following morning. This accident remains the worst maritime disaster to occur in United States waters since the sinking of the SS Eastland in 1915.

The incident and its aftermath were heavily covered by the news media. While the rescue efforts were both successful and commendable, the cause of the collision with Stockholm and the loss of SS Andrea Doria generated much interest in the media and many lawsuits. Largely because of an out-of-court settlement agreement between the two shipping companies during hearings immediately after the disaster, no determination of the cause(s) was ever formally published. Although greater blame appeared initially to fall on the Italian liner, more recent discoveries have indicated that a misreading of radar on the Swedish ship initiated the collision course, leading to errors on both ships.
 

 
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This SS Andrea Doria model  features:

- Plank-on-frame, hollow hull construction (very important), weighing less than 10 lbs  (A solid hull of this model would be over 30 lbs which feels like a heavy toy rather than an art piece.)

- Hollow superstructure is comprised of many individual thin pieces of wood glued together, not several solid pieces of wood stacking on top one another.

- Windows are cutouts (not black decals), thanks to the hollow structures.

-  No computer-printed paper deck

- >95% of parts are wood and metal
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36" long x 13.5" long x 7" wide (including base's dimensions)   $2,500     S & H is $90

Add light feature to one of the above models:   $200        
(Cord can be unplugged from base)                                                                           

72"' long.   Please click here for more photos: Large Andrea Doria model.

For display case, please click here: Model Ship Display Case 

And be sure to check out our beautiful, authentic SS Rex model and TS Michelangelo model

                                                                                                                                 


"I just wanted you to know that both ships arrived in perfect condition along with the cases. They are magnificent! I cannot believe the detail and workmanship. You and your staff are to be commended!  Thank you again and again!  Eric"