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Cruise ship disasters

The Titanic -- which set sail on April 10, 1912, from Southampton, England, en route to New York – collided with an iceberg on April 14 and sank to the bottom of a dark Atlantic Ocean early the next morning. More than 1,500 people died in the icy waters or went down with the ship.

Our enduring fascination with the tragedy is reflected in the frenzy of activity that has grown up around the shipwreck’s centennial. There’s something compelling about the idea of an enormous ship – on its maiden voyage, no less -- foundering in the ocean far from shore, its lifeboats pitifully inadequate to hold all its passengers. James Cameron’s 1997 blockbuster, whose 15th anniversary felicitously coincides with the Titanic centennial, further cemented the shipwreck in the public imagination.

But the sinking of the Titanic, horrifying though it was, isn’t the only large-scale disaster that has happened at sea. From a 1915 wartime sinking that killed more than 1,110 people to the recent half-sinking of the Costa Concordia, our latest slide show takes a look at famous cruise ship disasters.

Are you fascinated with these accidents at sea, rare as they’ve become? Tell us about it in comments.


  • Let's not get caught up in the hype of the Titanic movie, and remember those who lost their lives in this disaster. RIP.

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