Global & Disaster Medicine

Archive for the ‘Maritime’ Category

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


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 riverboat.


Budapest: Cruise ship collidedes with and sinks a sightseeing boat packed with South Korean tourists killing 7; 21 still missing


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




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