At this point in time, pretty much everybody knows about the Titanic disaster and about the 1,500 people who lost their lives when it happened, but believe it or not, there have been a few even more catastrophic shipwrecks throughout history which unfortunately do not get the same attention for whatever reason. It is for this reason that we thought it would perhaps be best if we reminded ourselves of what exactly were the most catastrophic shipwrecks in history and when they occurred. So without further ado, here are the ten most tragic maritime disasters in recorded history.
9SS Eastland – 845 deaths
On July 24, 1915, the SS Eastland along with Theodore Roosevelt and the Petoskey were tasked to take employees from Chicago’s Western Electric Company to a picnic in Michigan City, Indiana. Unlike HMS Birkenhead who suffered from insufficient lifeboats, the SS Eastland had too many. This was because of a recently passed law at the time which forced ships to have a surplus of lifeboats. As a result of the extra weight, the ship became too heavy and unstable, which resulted in it flipping over and sinking while claiming the lives of 845 passengers.