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Hi All

I was wondering if in the disaster section we might not start a database of shipping disasters for each day and see how we go. It will be a small piece but if it proves to be wanted I will elaborate where possible on the ships mentioned,

The first one is a ship Named "The United Kingdom" A steamer which belonged to the "Anchor Line" Not a lot is known of this ship and the sinking day is not known, but she left Liverpool on 17th April 1868 with 80 persons on board. She was never seen again.

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that is a good idea graham.
it will definately give us something to do .

that seems eerily close tothe atlantic's story. from 1873.

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Hi Wills

It is close indeed, And funnly enough there was a lot of ships that just disapeared.

We may find it quite fun doing this will post the next later

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Hi All

I have searched my own files and the web, and a great stat here is I cannot find a shipping disaster for today, There was the great San Francisco earth quake April 18th, that's all. I can find.

I wonder if today then is a good day to travel by sea???

Unless you know of anything different that is.

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Hi all

I am sorry there has been no reports of disasters in the shipping news bit but today April 21st I will make up for it.

The first is the following from quite recent.

At least 55 die in Bangladesh ferry disaster

8:01:54 PM

A river ferry packed with more than 300 passengers sank in a tropical storm in Bangladesh today, killing at least 55 people including women and children, authorities said.

Rescue workers were searching for about 250 people still missing after the double-deck ferry capsized in the Buriganga River near the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka.

Fire brigade and police divers recovered at least 55 bodies from inside the sunken ferry and floating in the choppy river, the Shipping Ministry said.

Authorities feared many more bodies were trapped inside the hull of the ferry, MV Mitali.

The ferry was travelling from Dhaka to southern Patuakhali district, 95 miles from the capital city, said police officer Sharif Shamsul Huq.

“The death toll is certain to rise,” said Selim Newaz Chowdhury, public relations officer at the Bangladesh Fire Brigade, which is conducting the rescue work.

“No one really knows how many people were on board the ferry or how many of them survived.” Most river vehicles in Bangladesh do not carry passenger lists.

High winds and dark clouds enveloped the river just before sunset when the ferry went down.

“We heard many people screaming for help from the river,” said Ahmed Mansur, a shopkeeper on the shore. ”And when the clouds cleared we saw some people trying to swim to the shore.”

Several passengers managed to swim ashore or were rescued by passing fishing boats, Huq said.
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But now for the record breaker still held today.

Worst Single Ship Disaster
The paddle steamer Sultana sank on the Mississippi River, USA on April 21, 1865, as a result of her boilers exploding. More than 1,650 lives were lost. The majority of those killed were Union soldiers, who had recently been released from Confederate prisons. There were 741 survivors.

If you want more on tis story I can give you that.

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