Tор 10 Biggest Maritime Disasters of Peacetime

1.  Al Salam Boccaccio 98

 

Al Salam Boccaccio 98

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On the way to Dubai the Egyptian passenger ferry was sank in the red sea en route from Saudi Arabia, to southern Egypt. This incident which took place on the 3rd of February, Al Salam Boccaccio 98 as it is called, with a total number of 1020 out of 1400 passengers died. It claimed the life of pilgrims returning from Mecca, the cause of the sinking is said to be fire caused from the engine.

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2.  HMS Victory

 

HMS Victory

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The first rate ship which wrecked on the night of 4th October, 1744 was caught in a storm whilst it was on its way back from England. Sadly the journey was not completed as the ship sank with over 1150 passengers on board who passed on. This is indeed an unfortunate event, and till date so many still pay their respects to the lives lost in the wreck.

3.  Toya Maru

 

Toya Maru

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Unknown to sources the total amount of death as it wasn’t recorded, the Toya Maru which is a Japanese passenger ferry was caught in a typhoon in the Tsugaru Strait between Honshuon and the Japanese Island on September 26, 1954. It is said that the incident was due to the last minute cancellation and many others getting on the hip. Although it was thought about 1153 people dead but the numbers are not certain.

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4.  Salem Express

 

Salem Express

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On the 17th of December 1991the Salem express sank after colliding with Hyndman reef and this resulted to the death of 1400 people. Many of its passengers were returning from pilgrimage to Mecca. The ship wreck which is now scuba diving site still has its luggage and cars of passengers in it is more of a tourist attraction at the time. It holds the history of 1991 and visitors’ troop in daily to see.

5.  RMS Titanic

 

RMS Titanic

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North Atlantic Ocean indeed has claimed more lives than recorded; the well-known ship in the world is the British passenger liner RMS Titanic. It was the largest ship afloat at the time it entered services and was declared “UNSINKABLE” by the makers. In the early morning of 15th April 1912 the Titanic sank after colliding with an iceberg during her maiden voyage from UK to New York.

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6.  Tek Sing

 

Tek Sing

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We all know how bad short cuts could be, the Tek Sing three mastered Chinese ocean – going junk. The ship met its terrible fate on February 6th 1822 sank at the South China Sea which is known as the Belvidere shoals. Total deaths of 1600 people, due to its large number of death, it is now referred to as the Titanic of the East.

7.  Le Joola

 

Le Joola

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Le Joola has a total capacity of 536 passenger but at the time of its wreck it was carry an overload of 1927 which is more than three times its original capacity. This is one of the biggest disasters in recent time; this event took place on the 26th September 2002. It capsized along the coast of Gambia resulting to the death of 1863 people and others injured.

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8.  Mont Blanc

 

Mont Blanc

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Mont Blanc going through Halifax Harbour in Nova Scotia on the 6th of December 1917, the ship which had contents of explosives collided with the Norwegian Ship. The explosion led to the death of about 2000 people and is now referred to as the Halifax Explosion, this caused death by fire and also collapsed several buildings around the shore as a result of the explosion.

9.  Kiangya

 

Kiangya

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The death of 2750- 3920 people caused by the Kiangya, steamship which sank at the mouth of Huangpu River 50miles south of Shanghai.

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10.  Dona Paz

 

Dona Paz

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The world witnessed the deadliest peacetime disaster on the 20th December, 1987. At this time Philippine-registered passengers on the Dona Paz ferry which collided with the oil tanker. Here both ships caught fire and ultimately sank killing 4386 people and leaving 24 survivors, out of the 13 man crew only two survived.

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