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Bucks County residents restore Andrea Doria foghorn


Survivors, divers and historians will gather at the New Jersey Maritime Museum 1 p.m. Sunday, July 25 to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the S S Andrea Doria’s sinking.
As part of the program, the museum will unveil and blow the Andrea Doria’s foghorn, which was recently salvaged by the crew of New Jersey-based Dive Vessel Tenacious. Bucks County woodworkers Nathan Granja and Christine Genghini of the Doylestown-based small business Treetop Crafters helped restore the foghorn.
This will be the first time the horn has sounded since the Andrea Doria collided with the M.S. Stockholm on July 25, 1956, in a dense fog off the coast of Massachusetts. The collision sank the Andrea Doria and left the Stockholm damaged but afloat. There were 1,706 people aboard the Andrea Doria on the evening of the collision; 46 perished and five perished on the Stockholm.

Andrea Doria’s foghorn is a Super Tyfon Siren TA 150/125, manufactured in Malmo, Sweden. It is 4 feet long and weighs 275 pounds. The trumpet is made from Meehanite, a type of cast iron. The parts and bolts are bronze and/or stainless steel. Eric Zandotti of Metalmorphose constructed a mast-base from heavy gauge steel. The base is powder coated in antique bronze and the trumpet of the horn is powder coated white, the horn’s original color. Genghini and Granja constructed the wooden base from black walnut.
The horn, inclusive of the newly fabricated mast and base, weighs approximately 500 pounds.
The event is private, but will be livestreamed around the world on the D/V Tenacious Facebook page.