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Archive for the ‘Maritime’ Category

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.

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

History Channel

Nine dead and 28 are missing after a boat carrying 150 people sank in Colombia on Sunday.



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.


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