May 10 | 6:30pm | 12 Fulton Street | Free
Join the Seaport Museum for a fascinating free conversation with Julia Hansen as she recounts her incredible survival story from one of the most significant shipwrecks to occur in United States waters during the 20th century. We will hear how Hansen miraculously survived the disaster of the Italian transatlantic ocean liner SS Andrea Doria, which was struck by the Swedish liner MS Stockholm and capsized off the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts, on July 25, 1956.
While not the largest or fastest ship at the time of her maiden voyage on January 14, 1953, Andrea Doria was widely regarded as one of the most beautiful vessels of her era. Her decks were dotted with three outdoor swimming pools, and she was dubbed a “floating art gallery” for the dazzling array of paintings, tapestries, and surrealist murals on board. One advertising brochure described the significance of the modern and luxurious Andrea Doria as a national symbol “of the post-war rebirth of the Italian merchant marine.”
During one of Andrea Doria’s regular services between Genoa, Italy, and New York, the liner collided with the Swedish ship. Before capsizing and sinking, rescue ships saved 1,660 passengers and crew. Forty-six people were killed on Andrea Doria, and five crew members perished aboard the MS Stockholm.
Don’t miss this chance to hear esteemed guest, Julia Hansen, share her personal story of being rescued at sea as a young girl, which will provide the audience with a unique perspective on ocean passenger travel.
The event is free, and advance registration is required.
About the Speaker
Julia Hansen, a Vassar College graduate, left Wall Street to pursue her passion for theater as President of The Drama League, where she founded the Directors Project. Alumni include such outstanding directors as Christopher Ashley, Artistic Director of the La Jolla Playhouse; James Bundy, Dean of the Yale School of Drama and Artistic Director of the Yale Repertory Theater; and Diane Paulus, Artistic Director of the American Repertory Theater at Harvard University. She later founded Theater Masters to help emerging playwrights, and her most recent program, JNS Theater for Social Change, uses playwriting to look at current critical topics.
Hansen has presented on travel and theater at organizations including The Society for the Four Arts in Palm Beach, Florida; the English Speaking Union in New Orleans, Louisiana; the Somerset Club in Boston, Massachusetts; the Colony Club in New York, New York; Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, Maine; The Arts Club of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois; and The Redwood Library in Newport, Rhodes Island.
South Street Seaport Museum
By subway: Take the A, C, 2, 3, J, Z, 4, or 5 train to Fulton Street.
By bus: Take the M-15 SBS or M-15 to Fulton Street.
By water: The NYC Ferry, and New York Waterway provide service to Pier 11. The Staten Island Ferry provides services to Whitehall Terminal.
Parking: Parking lots can be found at Front and John Streets, as well as 294 Pearl Street.