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Archive for the ‘Maritime’ Category

June 15, 1904: More than 1,000 people died when fire erupted aboard the steamboat General Slocum in New York City’s East River.

On the afternoon of May 7, 1915, the British ocean liner Lusitania is torpedoed without warning by a German submarine off the south coast of Ireland. Within 20 minutes, the vessel sank into the Celtic Sea. Of 1,959 passengers and crew, 1,198 people were drowned, including 128 Americans.

4/16/1947: A giant explosion occurs during the loading of fertilizer onto the freighter Grandcamp at a pier in Texas City, Texas causing nearly 600 people to lose their lives and injuring thousands more.

The RMS Titanic, billed as unsinkable, sinks into the icy waters of the North Atlantic after hitting an iceberg on its maiden voyage, killing 1,517 people.

History Channel


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.


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