NJ man who survived Andrea Doria sinking in 1956 donates life jacket to museum

NJ man who survived Andrea Doria sinking in 1956 donates life jacket to museum

A New Jersey man who survived the sinking of the Andrea Doria in 1956 donated his life jacket to a museum there. 

Vernon resident Alfonso Caliendo, 83, gave the orange jacket that saved his life 67 years in the past to the New Jersey Maritime Museum on Lengthy Seaside Island.

The doomed ship left Genoa, Italy en path to New York Metropolis when it collided with the passenger liner Stockholm on the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts, which claimed the lives of 46 aboard and 5 others on the Stockholm.

After the collision, Caliendo, then 16, placed on his life jacket and jumped into the water after seeing lights from a rescue boat.

“Every little thing was so black, I bear in mind. Then, swiftly, growth, the life jacket pulled me up actually quick, so I went up, and I began to swim,” he informed NJ Advance Media.

On Thursday, he placed on the life jacket for the primary time for the reason that shipwreck.

It’s inscribed with the Italian phrases “Italia Societa di Navigazione,” the identify of the passenger ship line that owned the Andrea Doria.

Forty six passengers perished within the Andrea Doria’s sinking in 1956.

The skilled painter additionally donated letters, together with one from a regulation agency on his declare for damages, providing $200 for misplaced clothes and different belongings.

One other was from the Swedish American Line, the operator of the Stockholm.

“The Swedish American Line needs to precise to you its remorse concerning any hardship, inconvenience or loss which you could have suffered following the tragic collision between the Andrea Doria and the Stockholm,” it learn.

The stays of the ocean liner sink sinking beneath the waves in 1956.
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Alfonso Caliendo remembers the sinking, recalling that “every part was so black.”
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A local of Naples, Italy, Caliendo was touring to rejoin his mother and father, three sisters and 4 brothers, who immigrated to New York Metropolis three months prior.

He stayed behind as a result of he had pink eye and couldn’t board the ship his household took to America.

After the tragedy, he joined them in Brooklyn, the place he lived till 1962.

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