I did watch the Deep Sea Detectives show on the History Channel a few nights ago,and I was shocked to see how much of the upper decks of the Andrea Doria has collapsed in the last 10 years.The rust on the hull of the Andrea Doria looks almost as bad as the rust on the hull of the Titanic. Sincerely,Jerry Nuovo
Did anybody that saw the show think the whole attempt to reach "the point of impact" to discover "new information" seemed ridiculously reckless? I'm no expert diver, but everything I've heard about the Andrea Doria makes it seem like an incredibly dangerous dive. Going inside the ship with no prior knowlege of what corridors had collapsed, rusted away, etc. with a little flashlight seems extremely risky. (Not to mention pointless) Anyway, I can't imagine that reaching some dead end blocked up with twisted metal would reveal much regarding the sinking.
Still a pretty interesting show, if just for the sinking footage. Have to say, though, that the unnaturally close close-ups of the hosts were a bit creepy.
Mike -- I've assised with a couple of those programs. They are meant to be entertainments, not definitive research into the subject vessels. The scripts often claim the two hosts "discover" new material when, in fact, the details are already well known. This is done for dramatic purposes. Their effort to visit the Doria's wound was nothing more than a "thread" binding the story together. I'm sure they would have gone there if it were possible, but the drama was in the attempt and not the accomplishment.
My objection to the program was the conclusion that the Stockholm caused the accident by following the Rules of the Road with regard to turning right. It was also curious they ignored the Doria captain's admission he turned left, which is contrary to the Rules. In the end, both ships had blame enough for the accident but you wouldn't know that from watching the show.
Recently I met an interesting gentleman at my place of business. His name is Richard Reventlow, he sailed with his family on the ANDREA DORIA as a seven year old. He mentioned that he still had the suitcase bearing the baggage tag and was so kind to forward me, from Palm Beach, FL a color photograph.
It seems his father was a COUNT as the tag reads:
ITALIA CABINA NO. 49
May 27th 1954
Porto di sbarco New York
In his letter Richard also states he sailed on QE1, QM1, Cristoforo Colombo, S.S.U.S., Independence and Constitution. What a thrilling childhood!
To top it off...he is a descendant of John Jacob Astor. Is there an Astor family tree where his name may appear?
Might he be related to the Count Reventlow who was married to Woolworth heiress Barbara Hutton, in the 1930s? You may be able to find a family link by researching her ties to Count von Haugwitz-Reventlow with whom she had one son, Lance. Lance was born in 1936 and was most likely not your customer's father, but he might have had an older brother. I believe he, Lance, was in the car with James Dean when he had the fatal wipeout. Survived, but died a few years back
Lance Reventlow was possibly the last person to speak to James Dean, when they met by chance while Dean was on his way to a race meeting at Salinas. The fatal accident happened at some time after they had parted company. Reventlow died in a light aircraft accident about 30 years ago.