Reunion 2002-46th Anniversary
The Reunion Committee did not hold a reunion this year on Long Island. We hope to have a reunion next year for the 47th Anniversary of the collision. In lieu of a reunion we decided on a memorial wreath to be placed at the site of the Andrea Doria.
Thanks to your help the Memorial Wreath was a success. The "Strawberry Fields" florist located in Montauk NY created the Memorial Wreath and delivered it to the ship "Seeker" that was docked in Montauk NY preparing for the trip out to the Andrea Doria.
Captain Dan Crowell was scheduled to make three trips out to the Andrea Doria and we decided that he would bring the wreath out on his first trip on July 12th. Weather is a large factor in going out to the Andrea Doria and if he was not able to go out on the 12th he would try again on July 17th. Although it was early for the anniversary it was a good decision, his last trip on July 23rd was cancelled due to the weather.
The weather on July 12th was ideal and the sea was rather calm as the "Seeker" left port at 11:00pm on July 11th for the 10-12 hour trip to the Andrea Doria. The wreath was placed in the ocean and anchored to the Andrea Doria with a length of line so the current would not carry it away. The wreath lasted for several hours until the sea and birds dismantled it. One of the divers read a short memorial containing the names of all that were lost and Captain Dan videotaped the event. During the coming months he will edit the tape and send along a few pictures for the web site.
This is the memorial that was read:
46 years ago this month two ocean liners met at the same point in space and time and changed the lives of many. The collision of the Andrea Doria and the Stockholm was hailed as a great sea rescue and indeed it was, however we are here on behalf of the survivors and friends to remember the passengers and crew that lost their lives.
From the Andrea
From the Stockholm:
We place this wreath to remember those who never finished their journey.
We Will Keep Your Memory Alive.
The survivors and friends of the Andrea Doria.
Many thanks to the following for donating to the Memorial Wreath:
Anna Conti Greene-Survivor
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