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Sadly there have been many fatal boat disasters around the world. For example, the Titanic is one of the most famous disasters. If you're into the bad side of boating history this is for you! Continue reading to learn about 5 of the deadliest boat disasters ever brought to you by BoatSelect.
1. MV Wilhelm Gustloff
In January of 1945, the ship was hit on the right side by three torpedoes in the Baltic Sea.
The German ship was assisting with the evacuation of civilians, military personnel, and Nazi officials who were surrounded by the Red Army in East Prussia.
She sank in less than 45 minutes killing an estimated 9,400 people.
This disaster is the largest known loss of life occurring during a single ship sinking in recorded maritime history.
2. RMS Lancastria
The British ocean liner was seized by the government during World War II.
The ship sunk on June 17th, 1940 resulting in over 4,000 deaths.
Not only is this disaster considered the worst loss of life in the sinking of a single British ship, but also the bloodiest single engagement for UK forces (in terms of lives lost) in all of WW2.
To give you an idea, more people were killed than the losses of the Titanic and Lusitania combined.
3. MV Goya
The ship had 6,100 documented passengers and hundreds more undocumented.
On April 16, 1945 this German ship was struck by a Soviet submarine in the Baltic Sea during World War II.
Almost all of the passengers and crew aboard, were killed in just seven minutes.
People even died outside by drowning and hypothermia in the icy waters.
4. USS Indianapolis (CA-35)
On July 30, 1945 the ship was delivering critical parts for the first atomic bomb to be used in combat to the US air base at Titian.
Shortly after is was delivered, the ship was torpedoed by the Imperial Japanese Navy submarine I-58.
It sank in just 12 minutes, killing 300 of 1,196 crewman.
The other 900 men faced exposure, dehydration, and shark attacks as they waited for assistance with almost no food or water
Only 317 sailor survived making it the last major U.S. Navy ship sunk by enemy action in WWII.
5. SS Mont-Blanc
On December 6, 1917, this French freighter was carrying ammunition in Halifax Harbor, Nova Scotia, Canada when it collided with the Norwegian ship SS Imo.
The fire caused by the collision detonated her cargo.
Just 20 minutes later, a massive explosion devastated the city and harbor.
The explosion killed around 2,000 civilians in and around the city.
As sad as this was I do hope you enjoyed a look back into boating history. If you would like to read more articles, click here. Thank you for reading and have a wonderful day!
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