The Damage - how bad was it really?

I was watching Secrets of the Dead the other night and the animation shows the Stockholm ramming into the Andrea Doria then moving toward the stern tearing as it goes. That means that at least 400 feet of the side of the Andrea Doria would have been torn off along with decks and the like. Almost like opening a sardine can.

That doesn't seem right at all. I'm assuming that the Stockholm pierced the side of the ship and bent back as the Andrea Doria moved ahead and it finally just pulled back out of the hole.

Was there a tearing like that animation shows?
Jul 9, 2000
Easley South Carolina
The damage actually seen by divers who have examined the wreck indicates at least three compartments in open communication to the sea, with at least one team swimming out through an opening which shouldn't have been there.

Whatever the case may be, it was more then enough to sink the ship.

Adam Went

Apr 28, 2003
While the damage was quite extensive to the exterior of the ship, I was led to believe that the damage which infiltrated the interior of the ship and subsequently reached the passengers in their cabins was actually not so extensive.

Bear in mind that the Andrea Doria was equipped with much more modern safety equipment in 1956 than the likes of the Titanic. She was always going to sink but the fact that she capsized rather than went down by the bow probably bought her a bit more time as well.


Jim Kalafus

Dec 3, 2000
Adam, sir. The damage was widest, but not deepest, at the Upper Deck, where cabins 46, 48, 52, 54, and 56 were destroyed, and the occupants of Bibby-cabin 50 had the outboard wall crash in on them without killing them. Because of the Doria's angle, the Stockholm's bow ended up sliding under the floors of the inner portions of these rooms, leaving the insides of the cabins shelves looking down into the hole. 4 died here.

One deck below, the Foyer Deck, saw the bow penetrating deepest, compacting 2 room suite 178 and 2 room suite 180 into the chapel, and blocking the corridor. 2 died here.

A Deck saw the damage taper considerably. Neither the fore-to--aft, nor port to starboard hallways were breached. 3 women were trapped in a cabin aft of the damage area, 230, and remained there until the ship sank. 2 nuns, 4 women traveling singly, and a family of 4, were lost in the impact area. A woman who lost her mother (with the single women) claims that she was ALSO alive and trapped behind a jammed door. Damage here was minimal, but the fatalities were highest.

C Deck, at the waterline, saw little damage but immediate flooding. A teenage boy and his cabin mate awakened as part of their cabin wall fell away and a tidal wave washed in. A piece of beam fell from the ceiling, and the man used it to smash the door as water rose to chest level. They escaped, barely, but everyone else on the starboard side C deck compartment, 24 people, drowned in their cabins. Two women who were lost were said to be in a PORT cabin, by the Italian Line, which means that they were trapped behind a jammed door until the final seconds.

One wishes that this had gone to trial. Evidence was gathered, cases were prepared, and suddenly SHOW CANCELLED. Both companies absorbed their own losses, and whatever was known about damage, watertight doors, trapped passengers whom the crew abandoned, was never read into the record.

Jim Kalafus

Dec 3, 2000
1920s photos of Walter and Jeanette Carlin, of cabin 46. He was in the bathroom while she sat up in bed reading a book. He was hurled to the floor, and emerged from the bathroom to find the cabin gone.

Linda Morgan, carried off the Andrea Doria by the Stockholm's bow while asleep, awoke to hear a woman screaming and crying somewhere near her. She thought it was her mother, and called out "Donde estas, mama?" but got no answer. The crying tapered off to sobbing, which then ended. The crew found Jeanette Carlin sitting upright in the wreckage, dead, soon after finding Linda.



Jun 9, 2016
Peter Gimbel maintained the "Doria's" keep was run over by the "Stockholm", and damaged. If the watertight doors had been present, they were literally wiped away on impact. Add in the fact, the "Andrea Doria" was hit in absolutely the worst possible location, so her empty fuel tank immediately took on seawater, heeling her over to an 18 deg. list.