Timeline: peacetime shipping disasters

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  1. masalai
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    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-01-...hipping-disasters-in-the-last-century/3776806

    April 15, 1912 Titanic
    The White Star passenger liner Titanic sank on its maiden voyage off Newfoundland after hitting an iceberg.
    Of the 2,228 passengers and crew aboard the ship, dubbed "unsinkable" before departure, 1,523 died.

    May 29, 1914 The Empress of Ireland
    At least 1,012 people were killed when The Empress of Ireland passenger liner collided with a Norwegian freighter on the St. Lawrence River in Canada. It was carrying 1,057 passengers and 420 crew.

    October 25, 1927 Principessa Mafalda
    The luxury Italian liner Principessa Mafalda was headed for Rio de Janeiro from Cape Verde islands with 288 crew and 971 passengers when it caught fire and sank off the Brazilian coast. More than 300 people, many of whom were Italian immigrants, died.

    January 31, 1953 Princess Victoria
    The Princess Victoria sank in the North Channel (between Scotland and Northern Ireland) during a severe storm. About 133 people were killed.

    October 29, 1955 Novorossiysk
    The Novorossiysk, flagship of the Black Sea squadron of the Soviet Navy, was moored near the shore at Sevastopol. It exploded and then capsized and sank with the loss of 609 crew.

    July 25, 1956 Stockholm and the Andrea DoriaThe Swedish American Line's Stockholm and the Italian Line's Andrea Doria collided 45 miles off the coast of Nantucket Island in the United States.
    The Stockholm lost five crew members, while the Andrea Doria sank, losing 45 passengers out of the 1,134 who were on board.

    April 22, 1980 Don Juan
    The inter-island ferry Don Juan, en route from Manila to Bacolod, sank in the Tablas Strait off Mindoro Island after it collided with the barge Tacloban City. At least 1,000 died.

    August 31, 1986 Admiral Nakhimov
    Passenger liner Admiral Nakhimov collided with cargo ship Pyotr Vasev off the Black Sea port of Novorossiysk. Between passengers and crew, 423 people died.

    March 6, 1987 Herald
    The car ferry Herald of Free Enterprise capsized and sank shortly after leaving the Belgian port of Zeebrugge. The vessel had 463 passengers and crew on board when it left the port with its bow doors still open, and 193 were killed.

    December 20, 1987 Dona Paz
    In the worst peacetime sea tragedy, the ferry Dona Paz sank after colliding with the tanker Vector in the Sibuyan Sea, killing 4,375 on the ferry and 11 of the Vector's 13-man crew.

    April 11, 1991 Moby Prince
    140 people on board the Italian ferry the Moby Prince died with only one crew member surviving when it rammed an anchored oil tanker, the Agip Abruzzo.

    December 15, 1991 Salem Express
    464 people were killed when the Salem Express hit coral outside the port of Safaga, 600 km south-east of Cairo in the Red Sea.

    Sept. 28, 1994 Estonia
    In Europe's worst peacetime maritime disaster, 852 people drowned when the Estonia, carrying 989 people, sank off the Finnish island of Utoe, en route from Tallinn to Stockholm.

    December 2, 1994 Achille Lauro
    The luxury liner Achille Lauro sank about 250 km off Somalia, more than two days after catching fire. The ship had been hijacked in 1985 by Palestinians, who killed an elderly Jewish-American passenger, wheelchair-bound Leon Klinghoffer, and dumped his body overboard.

    February 3, 2006 Al-Salam Bocaccio 98
    The ferry Al-Salam Bocaccio 98, on a journey between Duba in Saudi Arabia and Safaga in Egypt, sank 90 km from Safaga after a fire broke out on the car deck. Of the 1,414 people aboard, 1,026 were killed.

    June 21, 2008 Princess of the Stars
    The Philippine passenger and cargo vessel Princess of the Stars sank off Romblon province in central Philippines after being hit by a typhoon. It is thought only 52 of the 825 onboard survived.

    January 13, 2012 Costa Concordia
    The Costa Concordia, a six-year old, 114,500 tonne luxury cruise liner, hit rocks and keeled over. It was carrying 4,229 passengers and crew.
     
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    Add atleast Sea Diamond and Oceanos. EDIT: And the "Little Titanic" Hans Hedtoft
     
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    Please do so, Thanks..... As a brief summary, as above, and a link to your source please...
     
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    And Kuru.. "SS Kuru was a steam ship which sank on 7 September 1929 in the lake Näsijärvi, in Tampere, Finland. The sinking is still the most severe maritime disaster in Finnish lakes or rivers. It led to the loss of 136 lives, according to the passenger counts and the officers; most sources frequently list the death toll as 138. There were 150 passengers and 12 crew members"
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Kuru
     
  5. CatBuilder

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    These sinkings go to show you that fire is certainly something to plan for, as much as water ingress.
     
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    I know it's not peacetime,but the worst ever was the Wilhelm Gustloff.

    A couple of my ancestors disappeared around that time,we assume they were on board.

    "Heinz Schön's more recent research is backed up by estimates made by a different method. The Discovery Channel program Unsolved History undertook a computer analysis of the sinking, using software called maritime EXODUS, which estimated 9,400 dead of over 10,600 on board. This analysis considered the passenger density based on witness reports and a simulation of escape routes and survivability with the timeline of the sinking."
     
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    August 3rd, 1991. MTS Oceanos
    Near the coast of South America MTS Oceanos developed a leak in engine room during a storm and subsequently lost power. The leaking continued through the ships waste disposal tank and drainage. Realizing the situation the captain and crew abandoned the ship without telling others leaving 571 passengers and entertainers behind. SA Navy and Air Force succeeded in rescueing everyone on board later despite of this.
     
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    January 30th, 1959. M/S Hans Hedtoft
    Designed to be the safest ship afloat for regular operation between Denmark mainland and Greenland, M/S Hans Hedtoft sent a distress call at 13:56 local time on its maiden trip having hit an ice berg. Fast rescue operations were impossible due to weather and at 17:41 a final message from the ship was received stating that the ship is sinking. The ship carried 40 crew members and 55 passengers and sank with all hands. Only a life belt that washed ashore later has been recovered.
     
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    April 5th, 2007. M/S Sea Diamond (Previously Birka Princess)
    At around 13:00 UTC M/S Sea Diamond carrying 1195 passengers ran aground on a well-known reef at Santorini Island. The ship began to take water and listing to starboard and sank later despite the efforts to prevent it. Only 2 people are still missing and the rest of the passengers and crew members were safely evacuated.
     
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    Not really, the Ehime Maru was lost to several causes, including her officers lack of due diligence. The wikipedia article leaves out the important fact that the Ehime Maru was in a restricted submarine operating area, posted in the Notice to Mariners, which is why the naval Court found no criminal negilence (remembering that under the COREGS that a submarine is always at fault). Don't believe everything you read on the internet, especialy were international relations are involved
     
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    Then there's Halifax during WW1:

    The Halifax Explosion occurred on Thursday, December 6, 1917, when the city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, was devastated by the huge detonation of the SS Mont-Blanc, a French cargo ship, fully loaded with wartime explosives, which accidentally collided with the Norwegian SS Imo in "The Narrows" section of the Halifax Harbour.
    About 2,000 people were killed by debris, fires, or collapsed buildings and it is estimated that over 9,000 people were injured.

    All buildings and structures covering nearly 2 square kilometres (500 acres) along the adjacent shore were obliterated, including those in the neighbouring communities of Richmond and Dartmouth.

    The explosion caused a tsunami in the harbour and a pressure wave of air that snapped trees, bent iron rails, demolished buildings, grounded vessels, and carried fragments of the Mont-Blanc for kilometres.

    The Halifax Explosion remains the world's largest manmade accidental explosion.
     

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