MORE MARITIME DISASTERS
Added on: 20th Jan 2015
HMS ROYAL GEORGE
While moored at Portsmouth in August 1782 the ship heeled too far
and began taking water in through the gun ports before sinking.
More than 800 lives were lost.
Just before midnight on 9 July 1917 at Scapa Flow, HMS Vanguard
suffered an explosion and sank almost instantly, killing an
estimated 843 men and leaving only two survivors.
On 24 July 1915, while moored to the dock in the Chicago River, the
capacity load of passengers shifted to the river side of the ship
causing it to roll over, killing 845 passengers and crew.
The MS Estonia sank in heavy Baltic seas on 28 September 1994
claiming 852 lives.
PS GENERAL SLOCUM
The General Slocum caught fire and sank in New York’s East River on
15 June 1904 killing over 1,000 people and making it New York City’s
worst loss-of-life incident until the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
MS AL-SALAM BOCCACCIO 98
On 3 February 2006, the passenger ferry Al Salam Boccaccio 98 sank
in the Red Sea carrying 1,312 passengers and 96 crew members.
Only 388 people survived.
RMS EMPRESS OF IRELAND
On 29 May 1914, the Empress of Ireland sank after colliding with
SS Storstad on the Saint Lawrence River claiming 1,012 lives.
This Japanese passenger ferry that sank during Typhoon Marie in the
Tsugaru Strait between the Japanese islands of Hokkaido and
Honshu on 26 September 1954 lead to an estimated 1,500 deaths.