Top 6 Maritime Disasters That Weren’t The Titanic

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5. SS Admiral Nakhimov

Originally named SS Berlin and built by the German Weimar Republic in 1925, the SS Admiral Nakhimov would have a long and varied history. It would begin its life as a passenger liner before being converted into a hospital ship during World War II, it would eventually be struck by a mine off Swinemünde, and was put in tow for Kiel, before being abandoned.

However, its life wouldn’t end there as it would be refloated and salvaged by the Soviet Union in 1949, renamed Admiral Nakhimov and converted back into a passenger liner. It would serve this purpose for the next 37 years before it would face disaster when it collided with the large bulk carrier Pyotr Vasev in the Tsemes Bay, near the port of Novorossiysk, Russian SFSR on 31 August 1986 claiming the lives of 423 of the 1,234 people on board.

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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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