The Unloaded Lifeboat


Thomas Ozel

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Judging by the angle of the sinking ship, this photo was clearly taken in the later stages of the sinking - by which time all (if not most) of the survivors would have been aboard the rescue vessels. I think the empty boat in that photograph is most likely a lifeboat that was used to carry survivors from the Andrea Doria to one of the rescue ships, and once all of its occupants had been unloaded, the lifeboat was just abandoned and left to drift - as the sinking ship would have been completely evacuated by this time.

This is just a theory, there might be another explanation.
 

PRR5406

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The lifeboats were picked up after the sinking. Those torn from the port side were sunk by Coast Guard ships to eliminate a collision hazard. At least two remain in historical custody today. For a long time, one was abandoned near the Statue of Liberty, in NYC. It may have been recovered and placed in some fitting memorial by now.
 

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