Top 6 Maritime Disasters That Weren’t The Titanic

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George Grantham Bain, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

1. Lusitania 

It can be argued that the British ocean liner RMS Lusitania is a famous maritime disaster, yet its story has not endured as long as the story of the Titanic. When she was launched on 7 June 1906, she was considered to be one of the most beautiful and luxurious ships ever built, until the Titanic had her maiden voyage on April 10, 1912.

On the afternoon of 7 May 1915, almost a year into the First World War, the Lusitania was sailing 18 km off the southern coast of Ireland inside the declared war zone when it was torpedoed by a German U-boat killing 1,198 passengers and crew. Of the number dead, 128 were American citizens, causing a wave of protests across the country and ultimately being one of the causes for America joining the war.

Some controversy still exists as the Germans insisted that the ship was carrying undeclared munitions and was therefore a legitimate target. It wouldn’t be until 1982 that the truth would come out when the head of the UK Foreign Office’s American department finally admitted that there was indeed a large amount of ammunition on the ship.

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  1. Stephen LeRoy Patrick

    You left out the Wilhelm Gostloff which was sunk in 1945 by a Soviet Submarine during the closing months of World War Two. The German Passenger Liner was overloaded with German civilians and wounded Soldiers fleeing the oncoming Red Army. The death toll has been estimated between 6000 and 10,000 making it the greatest Maritime disaster.

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