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  • Horrific Past Cruise Ship Disasters

    In what continues to be the most infamous cruise ship disaster in history, the "unsinkable" RMS Titanic set sail on its maiden voyage from England to New York City on April 10, 1912 and never made it to her destination. At 11:40 p.m. on April 14, 1912, the ship hit an iceberg, broke apart and sank at 2:20 a.m. on April 15, 1912. Of the total 2,201 people on board, only 711 survived.
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    The SS Eastland, a passenger tour ship, rolled over while docked in Chicago in July 1915. Ironically, the lifeboats outfitted on the ship made it top heavy. Of the over 2,500 people on board, 844 passengers and crew died in the tragedy. Photographed by Jun Fujita.
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    Just moments after leaving port in Zeebrugge, Belgium, on route to Dover, England, the Herald of Free Enterprise roll-on, roll-off car and passenger ferry capsized on March 6, 1987, killing 193 people.
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    Philippine-owned passenger ferry "Dona Paz" was overcrowded with passengers when it collided with oil tanker "Victor" on Dec. 23, 1987. Philippine Coast Guard officials are shown here unloading the bodies of victims after the collision near Mindoro Island. Both ships sank in the shark-infested waters of the Tablas Strait. Between the two ships, only 26 people survived.
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    Italian ferry boat Moby Prince collided with the oil tanker Agip Abruzzo in the Lavorno, Italy, harbor, then caught fire on April 10, 1991. Although the ship stayed alfoat, about 140 people were killed. In this handout photo provided by '140' l'Associazione dei familiari vittime della Moby Prince, the ferry is shown being pushed back into port after the collision.
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    Having survived a hijacking in 1985, the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro met its end on Nov. 30, 1994, when it caught fire in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Somalia. The cruise ship was carrying 1,000 passengers near the Horn of Africa when a fire broke out on board in the engine room. The ship sank two days later.
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    Norwegian-owned cruise ship MS Estonia was en route from Estonia to Stockholm, Denmark, on Sept. 28, 1994, when it ran into severe weather in the Baltic Sea overnight and rolled over. Of the almost 1,000 people on board, 852 people where killed. This photo shows the bow door of the sunken ship being lifted from the bottom of the sea off Uto island.
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    Senegalese government-owned passenger ferry "Le Joola" capsized in stormy seas off the coast of the west African nation of Senegal on Sept. 24, 2002. Local fishermen nearby were some of the first to pull people from the water, but 1,863 people died. The ferry was built to sail close to shore, but overcrowding and sailing too far out into the ocean have been attributed to its capsizing.
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    U.S.-owned luxury cruise liner Seabourn Spirit was sailing off the coast of Somalia on Nov. 5, 2005, when it was attacked by pirates. The pirates launched rocket-propelled grenades and fired machine guns at the ship, but none of the 151 passengers on board were injured. After the attack, the ship docked at Port Victoria in Seychelles for repairs.
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    Egyptian-owned passenger ferry al-Salam Boccaccio 98 was sailing in the Red Sea when a severe fire broke out on board and the ship capsized on Feb. 3, 2006. While over 300 people survived, there were reports of dozens of bodies floating in the water. In this photo, a boat brings the survivors from the sunken ship to the Egyptian port of Safaga.
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    Philippine-owned MV Princess of the Stars was sailing off the coast of Sibuyan island, located in central Philippines, when the 24,000 ton vessel was caught in the path of Typhoon Fengshen and capsized in rough seas on June 21, 2008. Of the over 800 passengers and crew on board, only about 30 people survived.
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    About 350 people on board the Celebrity Mercury cruise liner became ill while on a 11-day voyage to the Caribbean. The ship left Charleston, S.C., on Feb. 15, 2010, when it was hit with a norovirus outbreak, causing hundreds on board to suffer from vomiting and diarrhea. Passengers are seen leaving the ship after it returned to port on Feb. 26, 2010.
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    After a fire in the Carnival Splendor's engine room caused the cruise liner to lose power and become stranded off the California coast, the ship had to be towed back to port in San Diego on Nov. 11, 2010. Nearly everything electrical on board was inoperable after the fire. There was no air conditioning, hot water, cooking stoves or refrigeration.
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  • Past Cruise Ship Disasters

    Italian cruise liner Costa Concordia ran aground and keeled over after hitting underwater rocks in the harbor of the Isola del Giglio after on Jan.13, killing at least 15 people. The owner of the ocean liner said its captain had made "errors of judgment." Capt. Francesco Schettino is under house arrest and could face criminal charges, including manslaughter and abandoning ship.
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    The 600-foot Costa Allegra, owned by the same company as the ill-fated Costa Concordia, lost power on Feb. 27, 2012 after a fire in its main generator room. Two tugs from the Seychelles Coast Guard are expected to reach the ship on Feb. 28 afternoon to add professional towing help. There are 630 passengers and 413 crew members of various nationalities, including 8 Americans, on board.
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