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Archive for the ‘Maritime’ Category

At least 21 people drowned and a dozen others were missing after their overcrowded boat capsized in a river in eastern India.

NY Times

“…it was overcrowded because people were returning to Patna after attending the Hindu festival…”


11/10/1975: The SS Edmund Fitzgerald sinks 17 miles from the entrance to Whitefish Bay on Lake Superior, taking all 29 crew members with her.


A boat reportedly carrying 600 migrants capsized off the Egyptian coast near Kafr al-Sheikh.  Around 150 have been rescued and authorities have retrieved 42 bodies so far.


Nile River Delta at Night



At least 13 people were killed Sunday when a double-decker passenger boat carrying more than 100 people capsized in a river north of Bangkok, Thailand

NY Times

An explosion on a ferry carrying 35 tourists between the Indonesian resort islands of Bali and Lombok on Thursday has reportedly killed two and injured 13.

The Guardian

“…It was not clear what caused the explosion in the speedboat but police said they did not think it was caused by a bomb….”


July 25, 1956: The Italian liner Andrea Doria collided with the Swedish ship Stockholm off the New England coast, claiming the lives of 51 people.

7/24/1915: The steamer Eastland overturns in the Chicago River, drowning between 800 and 850 of its passengers who were heading to a picnic.



4/16/1947: A giant explosion occurs during the loading of fertilizer onto the freighter Grandcamp at a pier in Texas City, Texas killing nearly 600 and injuring thousands.





On April 15, 1912, the Titanic sank off the Newfoundland coast, less than three hours after striking an iceberg. About 1,500 people died.

April 14, 1912: RMS Titanic hits iceberg



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