Flashback in maritime history – MS Prinsendam fire – sinking 4 October 1980

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The cruise ship Prinsendam was built in 1973 for Holland America Line. It was somewhat smaller than average size for its day, carrying about 350 passengers and 200 crew. Just after midnight on 4 October 1980, a fire broke out in the engineroom as the ship was transiting the Gulf of Alaska. Shortly thereafter, the master sent…

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Flashback in maritime history – Toya Maru Japanese ferry sinking, resulting in 1500 deaths, 26 Sept. 1954

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The Tōya Maru was a Japanese train ferry constructed by the Japanese National Railways which sank during a typhoon in the Tsugaru Strait between the Japanese islands of Hokkaidō and Honshūon September 26, 1954. The Japanese National Railways announced in September 1955 that 1,153 people aboard were killed in the accident. However, the exact number of fatalities remains…

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Flashback in maritime history – Le Joola, Senegalese ferry capsized with death toll of nearly 2000, 26 Sept. 2002

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The Senegalese government-owned ferry capsized off the coast of The Gambia on September 26, 2002, resulting in the deaths of at least 1,863 people. The sinking of the ferry Le Joola is thought to be the second-worst non-military maritime disaster in number of lives lost, after the Doña Paz. The ferry was reportedly loaded to overcapacity,…

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Unintentional release of carbon dioxide from fixed fire-extinguishing systems on Ro-Ro vessels Eddystone and Red Eagle

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) On 8 June 2016, the roll on, roll off (Ro-Ro) vessel Eddystone experienced an unintentional release of carbon dioxide (CO2) from its fixed fire-extinguishing system while in the Red Sea. A similar incident took place on 17 July 2017 on board the Ro-Ro passenger ferry Red Eagle while on passage from the Isle of…

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Flashback in maritime history – Fire on SS Morro Castle on 8 September 1934

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The passenger/cargo ship SS Morro Castle caught fire and burned on 8 September 1934, while on a voyage from Havana, Cuba to New York. The origin of the fire was never conclusively determined. The master had died in his sleep the previous night of an apparent heart attack. The fire was detected in the First Class Writing…

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Flashback in maritime history – Sinking of SS Princess Alice on the river Thames, resulting in 650 deaths, 03 Sept. 1878

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The passenger paddle steamer Princess Alice was built in 1865. It operated primarily as an excursion steamer on the River Thames, carrying sightseers from London to Gravesend and back. On 3 September 1878, it departed in the morning for a “Moonlight Trip”, transiting to Gravesend so that passengers could spend several pleasant hours touring Rosherville Gardens and…

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