10 Of The Most Shocking Maritime Disasters In History

SS Grandcamp

On April 16, 1947, the SS Grandcamp, a French registered ex-liberty ship, caught fire while along the dock in Texas City, Texas. The boat, unfortunately, exploded along with the ammonium nitrate it was loaded with. 581 people died, including 28 firefighters, and 5,000 were injured in what has become known as the Texas City Disaster.

SS Princess Alice

On September 3, 1878, the SS Princess Alice sunk after a collision on the River Thames with collier Bywell Castle off Tripcocke Point. Over 650 people died when the boat went down, which makes it the greatest loss of life along the Thames.