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Some deadliest shipwreck disasters

It is the deadliest shipwreck disaster to have occurred in the Baltic Sea during peacetime.

SS Eastland
On 24 July 1915, whilst the SS Eastland was moored to the dock in the Chicago River, the capacity load of passengers shifted to the river side of the ship causing it to roll over, killing 845 passengers and crew.

MS Estonia
The MS Estonia claimed a total of 852 lives when it sank in heavy Baltic seas on 28th September 1994. It is the deadliest shipwreck disaster to have occurred in the Baltic Sea during peacetime.

PS General Slocum
Up until the terrorist attacks of 11th of September 2001, the wreck of PS General Slocum was New York City’s worst loss-of-life with over one thousand people losing their lives on the 15th June 1904, as it caught fire and sank in to the East River.

MS al-Salam Boccaccio 98
On 3 February 2006, the passenger ferry Al Salam Boccaccio 98 sank in the Red Sea carrying 1,312 passengers and 96 crew members. Only 388 people survived.

RMS Empress of Ireland
RMS Empress of Ireland was an ocean liner that sank in the Saint Lawrence River following a collision with the Norwegian collier SS Storstad in the early hours of 29 May 1914. Of the 1,477 persons on board the ship, 1,012 died. The number of deaths is the largest of any Canadian maritime accident in peacetime.

Toya Maru
Resulting in the deaths of 1500 people, this Japanese passenger ferry that sank during Typhoon Marie in the Tsugaru Strait between the Japanese islands of Hokkaido and Honshu on 26 September 1954.

Scilly naval disaster of 1707
One night in October of 1707, a Royal Navy fleet made several fatal miscalculations as they attempted to sail through dangerous reefs west of the Isles of Scilly. Overall four ships sank resulting in the deaths of almost 2000 sailors.

RMS Titanic
Perhaps the most famous of them all (and the one on which Leonardo DiCaprio died), the RMS Titanic was supposedly unsinkable but after striking an iceberg en route to New York City, 1,523 perished.

Tek Sing
The “Titanic of the East” this Chinese boat struck a reef near Indonesia on 6 February 1822, sinking and resulting in an estimated 1,600 lost lives.
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