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Disasters: The Kegworth Air Disaster

This week has marked the thirtieth anniversary of the Kegworth air disaster, a plane crash on British soil caused by a long chain of mistakes. At 7:52pm on Sunday 8th January 1989, British Midland Flight 092 – a new Boeing … Continue reading

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MS Herald of Free Enterprise: 30 Years On

Thirty years ago today, in 1987 – just over a week before I was born – the Townsend Thoresen ferry MS Herald of Free Enterprise capsized outside the Belgian port of Zeebrugge, in the worst peacetime maritime disaster involving a … Continue reading

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HMHS Britannic: 100 Years On

November 21st of this year marked the 100th anniversary of the sinking of His Majesty’s Hospital Ship Britannic, the younger sister ship of the more famous Titanic. I may be a bit late for the anniversary, but I still wanted … Continue reading

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General Slocum: 111 Years On

Today is the 111th anniversary of the fire onboard the ferry General Slocum on New York City’s East River. It was New York’s worst disaster before 9/11; over a thousand people died, mostly women and children; and the terrible loss … Continue reading

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RMS Lusitania: 100 Years On

Today is not just the day of the latest British general election, but the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Lusitania, one of the best known shipwrecks after the Titanic. The Lusitania, along with her sister ship Mauretania, … Continue reading

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