Launched in 1953 by the Italian Line, the Andrea Doria was meant to symbolize the postwar rebirth of the Italian passenger ship industry, but unfortunately is remembered more for its calamitous collision with the Stockholm in the North Atlantic in July 1956. Twelve hours after the ramming, the Andrea Doria sank, and 47 lives were lost. It was a terrible blow to the nation's pride, with the complete loss of the ship and its stylish furnishings and decorations designed by an exclusive Italian atelier. Gio Ponti and several of his contemporaries were responsible for the architectural interiors, with Fornasetti decorating many of the cabins and suites. cf. William H. Miller, The Fabulous Interiors of the Great Ocean Liners, 1985, p. 117, for a period photograph of Fornasetti's Zodiac Suite, with its walls, ceilings and decorations covered with Zodiac signs taken from 17th Century astrological maps. Also see Mauris, pp. 65-67, for other sketches by Fornasetti of the cabins.