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Archive for the ‘Maritime’ Category

Rohingya refugee boat sinks: Most of the victims were woman and children, fleeing the overcrowded refugee camps for Rohingya Muslims in Bangladesh.

Carnival Cruising and Colliding: Minor injuries

A ship carrying almost 15,000 sheep overturns in the Black Sea


“A ship carrying almost 15,000 sheep overturned on Sunday in the Black Sea near Romania, according to news reports, setting off a desperate effort to rescue the animals and renewing a focus on the livestock shipping industry, which has been previously criticized for its treatment of animals.

It was not immediately clear what caused the ship, the Queen Hind, to overturn near the port city of Constanta shortly after it departed for Saudi Arabia.

The ship’s crew — 20 people from Syria and one from Lebanon — were all rescued…….

The fate of the sheep was less certain……..”



September 28, 1994: “…..852 people die in one of the worst maritime disasters of the century when the Estonia, a large car-and-passenger ferry, sinks in the Baltic Sea due to stormy weather and waves that topped 20 feet.


9/27/1854: Heavy fog causes two ships, the Arctic and Vesta, to collide, killing 322 people off the coast of Newfoundland


“……On September 20, the Arctic left Liverpool, England, for North America. Seven days later, just off of the Newfoundland coast, it came into a heavy fog. Unfortunately, the ship’s captain, James Luce, did not take the usual safety measures for dealing with fog—he did not slow the Arctic, he did not sound the ship’s horn and he did not add extra watchmen……”


More than 30 people were unaccounted for Monday morning after a deadly fire on a diving vessel off the coast of Southern California. Fatalities expected.


8/12/2000: The Kursk, a Russian nuclear submarine sinks to the bottom of the Barents Sea killing all 118 crew members are later found dead.


7/31/1715: A hurricane strikes the east coast of Florida, sinking 10 Spanish treasure ships and killing nearly 1,000 people


the Italian ocean liner Andrea Doria and the Swedish ocean liner Stockholm collide in a heavy Atlantic fog resulting in 51 deaths.


7/24/1915: The steamer Eastland overturns in the Chicago River, drowning between 800 and 850 passengers



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