The Great Halifax Disaster, 6 December 1917

On the morning of 6 December 1917, a ship detonated in the harbor of Halifax, Nova Scotia, unleashing a blast equivalent to about 3,000 tonnes of TNT. The resulting shockwave instantly killed more than 1,000 people, threw a cargo ship like a bath toy and created a 50-foot-tall tidal wave. This is the incredible and horrifying story of the Halifax Explosion: the largest human-made, non-nuclear blast in history. By [...]

By | 2017-12-01T07:20:17+00:00 December 1st, 2017|Categories: Historical Events|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Wilhelm Gustloff Shipwreck: Deadliest Maritime Disaster

70 years on, little known about the Wilhelm Gustloff sinking over 9,000 people died in the Baltic Sea on January 30, 1945, in an attempt to evade the Red Army. The Wilhelm Gustloff was the largest shipwreck in history, but little is known about the catastrophe seven decades on. At around 9 p.m. on January 30, 1945, Adolf Hitler was speaking to the German people. In the packed dining [...]

By | 2017-11-30T07:38:10+00:00 November 30th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events, World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Sinking of Andrea Doria, July 25, 1956

On the night of July 25, 1956, the Italian ocean liner SS Andrea Doria was struck by the Swedish ship MS Stockholm in heavy fog off the coast of Nantucket. The collision left the Doria damaged and listing heavily to one side, but thanks to the efforts of rescue ships, 1,660 people were saved before the ship finally capsized and sank the following morning. Fifty-one others lost their lives, [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:54:12+00:00 July 24th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Perfect Storm: The Lost of Andrea Gail

25 years ago, the crew of the Andrea Gail was lost in the perfect storm. Gloucester's Andrea Gail, whose crew was lost at sea during the perfect storm in 1991 nor'easter, is remembered nationally through print and film, and personally in the seaside community. At the heart of Gloucester, America’s oldest seaport, visitors will find an eight-foot-tall bronze fisherman at the wheel of his ship. Engraved at the base [...]

By | 2017-10-30T02:09:21+00:00 July 7th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Yellowstone Super Volcano: A Sleeping Nightmare

The timebomb under Yellowstone: Experts warn of 90,000 immediate deaths and a 'nuclear winter' across the US if supervolcano erupts. It could release 1 ft layer of molten ash 1,000 miles from the National Park. It would be 1,000 times as powerful as the 1980 Mount St Helens eruption. A haze would drop over the United States, causing temperatures to drop. Experts say there is a 1 in 700,000 [...]

By | 2017-10-30T02:10:43+00:00 July 6th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events|Tags: , |0 Comments

Great Chilean Earthquake: May 22, 1960

The Great Chilean Earthquake of 1960, the largest earthquake recorded in the 20th century. Originating off the coast of southern Chile on May 22, 1960. The temblor caused substantial damage and loss of life both in that country and—as a result of the tsunamis that it generated—in distant Pacific coastal areas. The Great Chilean Earthquake hit at 7:11 pm approximately 100 miles (160 km) off the coast of Chile, parallel [...]

By | 2017-10-30T02:12:06+00:00 July 4th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events|Tags: , |0 Comments

The Sinking of MS Sea Diamond

MS Sea Diamond was a cruise ship operated by Louis Hellenic Cruise Lines. She was built in 1984 by Valmet, Finland for Birka Line as Birka Princess. The ship sank on April 5, 2007, after running aground near the Greek island of Santorini the previous day, leaving two passengers missing and presumed dead. Originally named Birka Princess, the ship was built by the Finnish state-owned company Valmet at their [...]

By | 2017-10-30T02:17:00+00:00 June 30th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Ferry Greece: Express Samina Disaster

At 22.20 on Tuesday 26 September 2000, the Express Samina Ferry Greece hit a rocky islet and sank with the loss of 82 of the 550 passengers, 2 km off the coast of Paros. Her captain and mate have been arrested and charged with manslaughter amid allegations that at the time of the collision the crew had left the bridge to watch the replay on one of the ship's [...]

By | 2017-10-30T08:53:51+00:00 April 17th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Manchester United: Munich Air Disaster

The Munich air disaster occurred on 6 February 1958 when British European Airways flight 609 crashed on its third attempt to take off from a slush-covered runway at Munich-Riem Airport, West Germany. On the plane was the Manchester United football team, nicknamed the "Busby Babes", along with supporters and journalists. Twenty of the 44 on the aircraft died at the scene. The injured, some unconscious, were taken to the [...]

By | 2017-10-30T09:18:32+00:00 April 3rd, 2017|Categories: Historical Events|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Disaster of Air France: Story of Flight 4590

The Air France disaster It is an indelible image, heavy with symbolism: the photograph taken on 25 July 2000, at the moment Concorde became a technological Icarus. The great white bird rears up over runway 26 at Charles de Gaulle, immediately after takeoff. Already mortally wounded, flames bleed uncontrollably from beneath the left-hand wing. Less than two minutes later, the world’s only supersonic airliner will fling itself into the [...]

By | 2017-10-30T09:44:32+00:00 March 22nd, 2017|Categories: Historical Events|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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