I’m learning how to meditate
So far so good
I’m building the Andrea Doria out of balsa wood

Steely Dan – The Things I Miss The Most

What factors are considered in naming a vessel I wonder?

It was seeing this boat for charter on St Mark’s Basin that prompted that thought process.  There are some good reasons choose Andrea Doria.  He was a highly successful naval campaigner, who in the 16th Century drove the French from Genoa and re-established the city as a republic, becoming a political as well as military leader.

So far so good.

Unsurprisingly there have been battleships named in Doria’s honour, so a naval pedigree was established.  Then in 1951 a cruise ship was launched with that name, achieving a little fame for being featured in the Marlon Brando film On the Waterfront.

And then things deteriorated.  The SS Andrea Doria sank off Nantucket following a collision in 1956 with the loss of 52 lives, and her wreck has become so dangerous that she has also claimed the lives of 16 scuba divers.

Perhaps another factor in the choice of name is an assumption that very few people will know that.



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