Flashback in maritime history – A Spectacle of Horror – Steamship General Slocum fire – 15 June 1904

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) On 15 June 1904, the excursion steamer General Slocum caught fire while operating on the East River in New York City. More than 1,000 passengers and crew lost their lives. It was one of the worst maritime disasters in US history. Congress responded by adopting a series of bills providing the Steamboat Inspection Service…

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Flashback in maritime history – China cruise ship disaster M/V Dongfang zhi Xing (Eastern Star) on 1 June 2015

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The 76 meter long four-deck river passenger ship Eastern Star (Dongfangzhixing) capsized and sank on the Yangtze River in the Wuhan, Damazhou area. The vessel was carrying 405 passengers, 5 travel agents and 48 crew on a holiday cruise  up the Yangtze from Nanjing to Chongqing when it was struck by a severe storm. The storm…

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Flashback in maritime history – Sinking of RMS LUSITANIA, 07 May 1915 (Video)

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) On May 7, 1915, the British ocean liner RMS Lusitania, which primarily ferried people and goods across the Atlantic Ocean between the United States and Great Britain, was torpedoed by a German U-boat and sunk. The sinking of the Lusitania enraged Americans and hastened the United States’ entrance into World War I. The Lusitania sunk within 18 minutes. Though…

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Flashback in maritime history – Sinking of SS Sultana, On 27 April 1865

(www.MaritimeCyprus.com) In 1865, the United States experienced its most significant marine casualty in terms of lives lost. Sultana was a Mississippi River side-wheel steamboat that exploded on April 27, 1865 in the greatest maritime disaster in United States history. An estimated 1,800 of her 2,427 passengers died when three of the boat’s four boilers exploded and she…

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Flashback in maritime history: M/V GRANDCAMP explosion and Texas City disaster, 16 April 1947

  (http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) On 16 April 1947, in the port of Texas City, Texas, the freighter GRANDCAMP, with a cargo of ammonium nitrate, small arms ammunition, machinery, and sisal twine, caught fire. The fire quickly spread to the nearby freighter HIGH FLYER, loaded with ammonium nitrate and sulphur. When the two ships exploded, it largely flattened…

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