Flashback in maritime history: Herald of Free Enterprise disaster – Capsized and sank on 6 Mar 1987, 193 lives lost

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Herald of Free Enterprise – Capsized and sank on 6 March 1987 due to taking on water just minutes after leaving the harbour at Zeebrugge in Belgium. MS Herald of Free Enterprise was a roll-on roll-off (RORO) ferry which capsized moments after leaving the Belgian port of Zeebrugge on the night of 6 March 1987,…

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Flashback in Maritime History: Sinking of the HMS Birkenhead – 26 Feb 1852

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) On 26 February 1852, the troopship HMS BIRKENHEAD grounded at Danger Point, near Cape Town, South Africa. It was carrying about 400 British soldiers to fight in the Kaffir War in South Africa. Also on board were about 200 civilians, mostly women and children. There were not sufficient lifeboats for everyone. The senior British Army officer…

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Flashback in maritime history – RoRo Princess Victoria sinking, claiming 133 lives, 31 Jan 1953 (Video)

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) MV Princess Victoria was one of the earliest roll-on/roll-off (ro-ro) ferries. Built in 1947, she operated from Stranraer to Larne. During a severe European windstorm on 31 January 1953, she sank in the North Channel with the loss of 133 lives. This was then the deadliest maritime disaster in United Kingdom waters since World War…

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Flashback in maritime history: Sinking of M/V Wilhelm Gustloff (estimated 9,300 people lost) – 30 Jan 1945

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The M/V Wilhelm Gustloff was launched in 1937 as a German passenger vessel. Initially used for cruises in the Baltic, it was briefly converted to a hospital ship at the start of World War II and then used as a barracks ship in German-occupied Gdynia. With the Russian assault in early 1945, the ship was designated to…

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Flashback in maritime history – Taiping collision, sinking 27 Jan 1949, 1500 fatalities

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) On January 27, 1949 the Chinese steamer Taiping sank after a collision with another vessel en route to Taiwan leading to the deaths of over 1500 passengers and crew combined. The ship was packed to nearly twice capacity with over 1,000 refugees fleeing Communism after the Chinese Civil War traveling from Shanghai to Keelung. Some estimates put…

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Flashback in maritime history – Car ferry Tampo Mas II, fire and sinking 27 Jan 1981

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Fire broke out on the Indonesian car ferry TampoMas II off Kalimantan. The official death toll was 431, but with many passengers unregistered or traveling without tickets, the final figure was never known. The ship carried dozens of motor vehicles, including a SAKAI steam roller, Vespa scooters, etc., which were parked in the car deck.…

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