What is the worst sea disaster that has ever happened?
#106103. Asked by frelin. (Jun 05 09 8:44 AM)
The greatest maritime disaster in peacetime happened in December 1987, when the Philippine inter-island ferry Doa Paz collided with the Vector, a small coastal petrol tanker. The impact triggered an explosion in the tanker, and the resulting fireball set fire not only to the ferry, but also to the surface of the sea as the spilt petrol spread. Of the Doa Paz’s 4317 passengers
The worst recorded losses of life at sea came at the end of the Second World War. On 30 January 1945, the German liner Wilhelm Gustloff was torpedoed in the Baltic while crowded with evacuated civilians and troops, fleeing the Soviet forces approaching Gdynia and Gdansk. Over 7000 people died in the freezing water.
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