Disasters at Sea


 
 


-=[ Disasters at Sea - Shipwrecks ]=-

"Shipwrecks"

1833

May 11, Lady of the Lake: bound from England to Quebec, struck iceberg; 215 perished.

1853

Sept. 29, Annie Jane: emigrant vessel off coast of Scotland; 348 died.

1865

April 27, Sultana: boiler explosion on Mississippi River steamboat, near Memphis, 1,547 killed.

1898

Nov. 26, City of Portland: 157 died nr. Cape Cod.

1904

June 15, General Slocum: excursion steamer burned in East River, N.Y.; 1,021 perished.

1912

March 5, Principe de Asturias: Spanish steamer struck rock off Sebastien Point; 500 drowned.

April 15, Titanic: sank after colliding with iceberg; 1,513 died.

1914

May 29, Empress of Ireland: sank after collision in St. Lawrence River; 1,024 perished.

1915

July 24, Eastland: Great Lakes excursion steamer overturned in Chicago River; 812 died.

1928

Nov. 12, Vestris: British steamer sank in gale off Va.; 110 died.

1934

Sept. 8, Morro Castle: 134 killed in fire off Asbury Park, N.J.

1939

May 23, Squalus: submarine with 59 men sank off Hampton Beach, N.H.; 33 saved.

June 1, Submarine Thetis: sank in Liverpool Bay, England; 99 perished.

1942

Oct. 2, Queen Mary: rammed and sank a British cruiser; 338 aboard the cruiser died.

1945

April 9: U.S. ship, loaded with aerial bombs, exploded at Bari, Italy; at least 360 killed.

1948

Nov.: unidentified Chinese troopship evacuating Nationalist troops from Manchuria sank nr. Yingkow, killing an estimated
6,000 persons.

Dec. 3, Kiangya: Chinese passenger ship carrying refugees fleeing Communist troops during civil war, struck an old mine,
exploded, and sank off Shanghai; over 3,000 believed to have been killed.

1949

Sept. 17, Noronic: Canadian Great Lakes cruise ship burned at Toronto dock; about 130 died.

1952

April 26, Hobson: minesweeper collided with aircraft carrier Wasp and sank during night maneuvers in mid-Atlantic; 176
persons lost.

1953

Jan. 9, Chang Tyong-Ho: South Korean ferry foundered off Pusan; 249 reported dead.

Jan. 31, Princess Victoria: British ferry sank in Irish Sea; 133 lost.

1954

Sept. 26, Toya Maru: more than 1,000 killed when commercial ferry sank in Tsugaru Strait, Japan.

1956

July 25, Andrea Doria: Italian liner collided with Swedish liner Stockholm off Nantucket Island, Mass., sank next day. At least
52 died or were unaccounted for.

1962

April 8, Dara: British liner exploded and sank in Persian Gulf; 236 dead. Caused by time bomb.

1963

April 10, Thresher: atomic-powered submarine sank in North Atlantic; 129 dead.

May 4: United Arab Republic ferry capsized and sank in upper Nile; over 200 died.

1968

Late May, Scorpion: nuclear submarine sank in Atlantic 400 miles S.W. of Azores; 99 dead.

1970

Dec. 15: ferry in Korean Strait capsized; 261 lost.

1976

Oct. 20, George Prince: Mississippi River ferry rammed by Norwegian tanker Frosta nr. Luling, La.; 77 dead.

1983

May 25, 10th of Ramadan: Nile steamer caught fire and sank in Lake Nasser, near Aswan, Egypt; 272 dead and 75 missing.

1987

March 9: British ferry capsized after leaving Belgian port of Zeebrugge with 500 aboard; 134 drowned. Water rushing through
open bow is believed to be probable cause.

Dec. 20.: over 4,000 killed when passenger ferry Dona Paz collided with oil tanker Victor off Mindoro Is., 110 miles south of
Manila.

1990

April 7, Scandinavian Star: suspected arson fire aboard Danish-owned North Sea ferry killed at least 110 passengers in
Skagerrak Strait off Norway.

April 7: double-decker ferry sank in Gyaing River in Myanmar (Burma) during a storm and 215 persons were believed
drowned.

1991

Dec. 14: ferry carrying 569 passengers sank in Red Sea off coast of Safaga, Egypt, after hitting a coral reef. Over 460 people
believed drowned.

1993

Feb. 17, Neptune: triple-deck ferry capsized off southern peninsula of Haiti during a squall. Over 1,000 passengers believed
drowned. About 300 survived the sinking.

1994

Sept. 28, Estonia: passenger ferry capsized off coast of Southwest Finland and sank in a stormy Baltic Sea. Only about 140 of
the estimated 1,040 passengers aboard survived.

1996

Jan. 21, Gurita: overloaded ferry sank off the coast of northern Sumatra, killing 340.

1999

Feb., Harta Rimba: ship sank in the South China Sea, killing about 325 people. The ship had not been licensed for passenger
use.

Nov. 24, Dashun ferry carrying more than 300 passengers sank after catching fire. More than 150 confirmed dead, with
another 140 missing.

2000

June 29, Cahaya Bahari: ferry carrying mostly Christian refugees from the island of Halmahera sank approximately 40 miles off
the coast of Sulawesi. None of the 492 persons on board survived.


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