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Maritime disasters of the 20th and 21st centuries

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1904: New Yorkers line up to board the General Slocum steamer for a ride that would end in disaster.

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Below are details of maritime disasters that claimed 1,000 or more lives since the turn of the 20th century.

June 15, 1904

A fire aboard the General Slocum excursion steamer in the East River near New York City killed 1,030 people, mostly picnickers from New York's German community.

April 14-15, 1912

Britain's Titanic luxury liner sinks after hitting an iceberg in the north Atlantic; 1,503 are killed.

September 28, 1912

The Japanese steamer Kichemaru sinks off Japan, killing 1,000.

May 29, 1914

A total of 1,014 people die when Britain's Empress of Ireland steamer collides with a Norwegian collier in the St. Lawrence River east of Father Point, Quebec.

February 26, 1916

A French cruiser, the Provence sinks in the Mediterranean, with 3,100 people lost.

August 29, 1916

One thousand people die when the Chinese steamer Hsin Yu sinks off the coast of China.

December 6, 1917

A French ammunition ship, Mont Blanc, and a Belgian steamer named Imo collide in Halifax Harbor, killing 1,600 people.

March 18, 1921

One thousand people are killed when a steamer named Hong Kong is wrecked in the South China Sea.

November 1948

Six thousand people die when a Chinese army evacuation ship explodes and sinks off south Manchuria.

December 3, 1948

An explosion wrecks Kiangya, a Chinese refugee ship, south of Shanghai, killing 1,100 people or more.

September 26, 1954

A Japanese ferry, the Toya Maru sinks in Tsugaru Strait, killing 1,172 people.

December 20, 1987

The Dona Paz ferry and an oil tanker, Victor, collide in Tablas Strait, the Philippines, killing 4,341 people.

September 28, 1994

An Estonian ferry sinks in the Baltic, with the loss of 1,049 people.

September 26, 2002

An overloaded Senegalese ferry capsizes in ocean off the coast of Gambia, killing 1,863 people.

Source: The World Almanac

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