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Timeline of Maritime Disasters (1850-1909)
1953 "Klipfontein" January 8 - United Netherlands Nav. Company's "Klipfontein" runs into an object while travelling from Holland to Africa. The ship sank 45 minutes after the collision.
1956 "Andrea Doria"
July 25 - Italia-SocietÓ per Aziono di Navigazione's "Andrea Doria" collides with Swedish American Line's "Stockholm" off the coast of Nantucket in thick fog. The "Andrea Doria" immediately began to sink. Less than 50 of the 1,700 people on board died thanks to rescue ships in the area.
1959 "Hans Hedtoft" January 30 - Royal Greenland Trading Company's "Hans Hedtoft" is headed to Greenland on its maiden voyage when it encounters heavy snow and hits an iceberg. A few hours after sending its last distress call a rescue ship arrived only to find no evidence of the ship or even of lifeboats or debris. An unsuccessful search for the ship was called off after one week.
1961 "Dara" April 7 - British India Steam Navigation Company's "Dara" sinks in the Persian Gulf in 60 feet of water after an explosion on the ship. More than 200 people died.
1961 "Bianca C" October 22 - Costa Armatori's "Bianca C" catches on fire after an explosion in the engineroom. Attempts to beach the ship failed. It sank off the coast of Grenada.
1963 "Lakonia" December 22 - Fire breaks out on the Greek Line's "Lakonia" while the ship is cruising to the Canary Islands. The ship sank off the coast of Gibraltar while being tugged.
1965 "Yarmouth Castle" November 13 - Yarmouth Cruise Line's "Yarmouth Castle" sinks on its New York-to-Nassau run. A fire that started in one of the storage rooms engulfed lifeboats and radio equipment and eventually destroyed the ship, taking almost 100 lives.
1966 "Heraklion" December 12 - Typaldos Line's, "Heraklion," a Greek Islands ferry, is on itsovernight run when rough seas jar a trailer truck loose and into a bow door, allowing water to come flooding in. All that remained when the rescue ships arrived was floating debris. Some passengers were later found clinging to rocks at a nearby island.
1972 "Seawise University" January 9 - C.Y. Tung's "Seawise University," formerly known as the "Queen Elizabeth," catches fire and sinks in Hong Kong Harbor. The "Seawise University" was one of the largest ships ever to have sunk, outweighing the "Titanic" by a factor of almost two.
1980 "Prinsendam" October 4 - Holland America Cruises' "Prinsendam," on a cruise from Vancouver to Singapore, catches fire and is abandoned by all passengers and crew near the coast of Alaska. The ship later sank.
1981 "Reina Del Mar" May 28 - Dolphi Shipping's "Reina Del Mar" is completely destroyed by fire and sinks while undergoing renovations.
1991 "Oceanos" August 4 - Epirotiki Line's "Oceanos" sinks off the coast of South Africa after springing a leak. All passengers were safely rescued. This marked the third Greek cruise ship to sink in two years.
1994 "Estonia" September 28 - Estonian Steamship Line's "Estonia," while enroute to Stockholm, hits rough seas and sinks in the Baltic Sea. Over 900 lives were lost; most of the passengers never made it out of their cabins.

1850 - 1909 | 1910 - 1940 |1953 - 1994