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Costa Concordia Eyewitness Accounts

Michael Poirier interviews Brandon Warrick and his sister Amanda who survived the sinking of the Costa Concordia in January 2012. Michael Poirier interviews Brandon Warrick and his sister Amanda who survived the sinking of the Costa Concordia…

The Sinking of the Sea Diamond

The sinking of the Costa Concordia has drawn inevitable comparisons with both Titanic and other maritime disasters. In this verbatim interview by Michael Poirier, a young survivor of the April 2007 Sea Diamond sinking, Zak Hayes, recalls the…

Recalling the USS Indianapolis

I was in the water, I was swimming away from the ship in the dark... I heard the loudest, worst noise I'd ever heard Interview by Jim Kalafus Cleatus Lebow smiles easily. He is a friendly man, soft spoken, with a pleasant Texas inflection,…

Andrea Doria : The Sinking of the Unsinkable

As with the “unsinkable” Titanic, there is tragic irony in the “unsinkable” Andrea Doria account. We all know too well what caused the demise of the former: the hull breached by the ripping damage of a gigantic iceberg. But how and why did a newer ship, sailing warm waters and built to withstand a powerful impact, meet its end?

My God the boat is leaving us!

Lamport and Holt Line’s Vestris sailed from Hoboken, New Jersey, on the afternoon of  Saturday, November 10, 1928, bound for Barbados and South American ports. She carried 129 passengers in three classes, and a crew of 199. Sunday morning,…

Morro Castle, Mohawk and the end of the Ward Line : Part 4

In part 4 of his epic history Jim Kalafus tells the story of another unlucky Ward Line ship. the Mohawk. Interlude In January 1935, as salvage crews worked to remove the Morro Castle from the beach at Asbury Park, the Ward Line's Havana…

Morro Castle, Mohawk and the end of the Ward Line : Part 3

Jim Kalafus continues the tragic story of the Morro Castle. The Gang's All Here There were a large number of Doctors aboard the Morro Castle's final voyage. As a group, they did not fare well: Doctors Busquet, and Coll were lost 'though…

Swallowed in 14 Minutes

Story of the Empress of Ireland whose loss resulted in the deaths of more passengers than the Titanic disaster.