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This is an undated photo of the 29,000-ton Italian luxury liner Andrea Doria. The passenger ship was struck by the Swedish-American vessel off Nantucket Island, Ma., July 25, 1956. The surviving passengers and crew were rescued before the ship sank in the Atlantic. The steamship measures 697 feet in length and was built in 1953.

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Richard Wojcik, a Chicago-area priest and survivor of the infamous Andrea Doria maritime disaster, has died.

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The Italian luxury liner Andrea Doria keels far over to starboard before sinking 225 feet to the bottom of the Atlantic 45 miles off Nantucket Island, Ma., July 26, 1956. The Andrea Doria was struck broadside by the Swedish-American liner Stockholm in heavy fog July 25 at 11:10 p.m..

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This aerial view shows the damaged bow on the Swedish-American luxury liner Stockholm after its collision with the Italian liner Andrea Doria off Nantucket Island, Ma., on July 26, 1956. The Europe-bound Stockholm struck the New York-bound Andrea Doria from Genoa, Italy, in a dense fog on July 25.

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The Italian luxury liner Andrea Doria starts to list a few moments before sinking into the Atlantic ocean off Nantucket, Ma., on July 26, 1956. The passenger ship was struck broadside by the Swedish-American liner Stockholm July 25 at 11:10 p.m..

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A lifeboat of passengers is alongside a rescue vessel as the liner Andrea Doria sinks in the background on July 26, 1956. The Italian liner collided with the Swedish liner Stockholm off Nantucket Island, Ma., last night. The reflection in center is halation from the plane window through which this photograph was taken.

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THE END OF AN OCEAN QUEEN - Un fog shrouded darkness off the Massachusetts coast last July 1956, the Italian liner "Andrea Doria" and the Swedish liner "Stockholm" collided. Eleven hours later, after a swarm of mercy ships including the crippled "Stockholm", joined in a tremendous awe-inspiring rescue feat, the "Andrea Doria" sank.

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The Italian luxury liner Andrea Doria, her unused lifeboats breaking away from their davits, rolls over and sinks 45 miles south of Nantucket, Mass., in this July 26, 1956 file photo. The passengers and crew were rescued after the ship collided with the Swedish-American liner Stockholm July 25. The Andrea Doria has been a beacon for treasure hunters and adventure seekers almost since the day it sank 50 years ago. Decades later, the grand ship still offers the lure of history, artifacts and danger.

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The Italian luxury liner Andrea Doria lists to starboard 45 miles south of Nantucket, Ma., on July 26, 1956. The passenger ship, struck broadside by the Swedish-American liner Stockholm in fog the night of July 25, sank 225 feet to the bottom of the Atlantic.

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The Italian liner Andrea Doria, surrounded by rising bubbles and floating debris, disappears below the surface of the Atlantic ocean 45 miles off Nantucket Island, Ma., July 26, 1956. The luxury liner collided in dense fog last night with the Swedish-American liner Stockholm.

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A lifeboat full of survivors from the ill-fated Andrea Doria approaches the rescue ship Ile de France off Nantucket Island, Ma., on July 26, 1956. The Italian luxury liner Andrea Doria collided with the Swedish-American liner Stockholm July 25.

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Andrea Doria passengers Matteo Scirica, his wife and their three-year-old son, sleeping, arrive aboard the liner Stockholm in New York on July 27, 1956. The Italian luxury liner Andrea Doria collided with the Swedish-American luxury liner Stockholm on July 25.

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A crowd awaits the arrival of over 700 Andrea Doria passengers as the rescue vessel Ile de France docks at the pier in New York, July 26, 1956. The Italian liner, bound for New York, sank in the Atlantic after a collision in the fog July 25 with the Europe-bound Stockholm. A rescue operation effort saved most of the 1,705 persons aboard the luxury liner. The Swedish-American liner Stockholm picked up over 500 survivors.

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Surviving passengers of the Italian luxury liner Andrea Doria line the rail of the Swedish-American liner Stockholm as she pulls into North River Pier in New York, July 27, 1956. The Stockholm suffered a smashed bow after colliding with the Andrea Doria July 25.

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Members of the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee look down on the damaged bow of the ocean liner Stockholm at the Brooklyn, N.Y., shipyard where the Swedish-American liner is undergoing repairs, Aug. 1, 1956.

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Images of the sinking of the 29,000-ton Italian luxury liner Andrea Doria. Richard Wojcik, a Chicago-area priest and survivor of the infamous maritime disaster, has died. The Andrea Doria was struck by the Swedish-American vessel Stockholm off Nantucket Island, Ma., July 25, 1956. The surviving passengers and crew were rescued before the ship sank in the Atlantic. The steamship measures 697 feet in length and was built in 1953.
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