Global & Disaster Medicine

Archive for the ‘Maritime’ Category

6/15/1904: More than 1,000 people taking a pleasure trip on New York City’s East River are drowned or burned to death when a fire sweeps through the General Slocum steamboat.

History Channel


5/29/1914: The British liner Empress of Ireland, carrying 1,477 passengers and crew, collides with the Norwegian freighter Storstad in the gulf of Canada’s St. Lawrence River & over 1000 perish.




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

History Channel


4/15/1912: The “unsinkable” RMS Titanic sinks into the icy waters of the North Atlantic after hitting an iceberg on its maiden voyage, killing 1,517 people.

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April 14, 1912: Just before midnight in the North Atlantic, the RMS Titanic hits an iceberg and begins to sink.

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2/15/1898: A massive explosion of unknown origin sinks the USS Maine in Havana harbor, killing 260 American crew members



An oil spill from an Iranian tanker that sank in the East China Sea is rapidly spreading (two huge slicks covering 52 square miles)

NY Times

A ferry carrying 251 people has capsized in stormy seas off the east coast of the Philippines and a number of casualties had been reported


12/6/1917: A Belgian steamer and French freighter, both loaded with ammunition, explode in Canada’s Halifax Harbor, leveling part of the town and killing nearly 1,600 people and injuring approximately 8,000.

History Channel


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.


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