5 Worst Ship Sinkings For Last 100 Years

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It is probable that the RMS Titanic immediately comes to mind when you hear the words “sinking ship” or “shipwreck.” As horrible and tragic as that ship disaster was, because it happened during 1912 it is no longer part of history within the last 100 years. As well, it was a terrible incident but it is not the worst sea disaster to ever occur. There have been others that caused the loss of many people but also incredible amounts of money and materials as well. Below are five of the worst in the last century.

1. The Most Expensive Shipwreck

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The most expensive ship wreck as far as money spent and lost is concerned, was the 2002 sinking of the Prestige oil tanker. Not only were millions lost because of the ship itself, but there was 77,000 tons of fuel that was also wasted as well. To add insult to injury, the cleanup on the northwestern coasts of Portugal and Spain were done on a gigantic scale and this ended up being the true expense of the entire catastrophe. In the end, a mind-boggling $12 billion was lost because of this incident alone.

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  1. MS Estonia, previously Viking Sally (1980–1990), Silja Star (−1991), and Wasa King (−1993), was a cruise ferry built in 1979/80 at the German shipyard Meyer Werft in Papenburg. The ship sank in 1994 in the Baltic Sea in one of the worst maritime disasters of the 20th century.[1][2] It is the deadliest shipwreck disaster to have occurred in the Baltic Sea in peacetime, costing 852 lives.

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