Global & Disaster Medicine

Archive for the ‘Maritime’ Category

4/15/1912: The RMS Titanic sinks into the icy waters of the North Atlantic after hitting an iceberg, killing 1,517 people.


April 14, 1912: RMS Titanic hits iceberg


3/24/1989: Exxon Valdez crashes

A cruise ship, Viking Sky, with 1,300 passengers on board suffered engine failure off the west coast of Norway on Saturday, sparking an arduous evacuation in treacherous conditions.


At least 71 people have died, including 12 children, as an overcrowded ferry capsized in Iraq’s Tigris river in Mosul.


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




10/12/2000: A motorized rubber dinghy loaded with explosives blows a 40-by-40-foot hole in the port side of the USS Cole, a U.S. Navy destroyer that was refueling at Aden, Yemen.

History Channel

  • Seventeen sailors were killed
  • 38 wounded


Tanzania: Hundreds feared dead as their passenger ferry sank between two islands in Lake Victoria



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.


11 dead, others missing after boat capsizes during a powerful storm on Table Rock Lake near Branson, MO.



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