Harry Truman

I know what you all will be thinking that this will be a blog about President Truman, possibly about the order he gave to drop the atomic bombs. Well, you’d be wrong. It is indeed a blog about some explosive events but nothing WWII related. In fact it isn’t about President Truman either. The subjectContinue reading “Harry Truman”

John Jacob Astor IV-The richest man on the Titanic.

It is often assumed that it was mainly the poorer passengers that died on the Titanic, but this assumption is only true to an extend. In fact the richest man on board, an it can be argued the richest man on the planet, also perished in the cold Atlantic waters on April 15 1912. FinancierContinue reading “John Jacob Astor IV-The richest man on the Titanic.”

How the 1953 North Sea flood resulted in a professional football league.

On the night of 31 January – 1 February 1953, many dykes in the province of Zeeland, the southern parts of the province of South Holland and the northwestern parts of the province of North Brabant ,in the Netherlands,proved unable to resist the combination of spring tide and a northwesterly storm. It was to becomeContinue reading “How the 1953 North Sea flood resulted in a professional football league.”

St Elizabeth’s flood 1421

The Dutch have always been in constant war with the sea. Most people know about the 1953 flood but there have been floods throughout the centuries with higher casualties. I specified the year in the title because today is the 597th of the St Elizabeth’s flood, but technically this is the 2nd flood with thatContinue reading “St Elizabeth’s flood 1421”

The sinking of MS Sinfra-Survivors Executed

Sinfra was a cargo ship built in 1929 as Fernglen by Akers Mekaniske Verksted in Oslo, Norway, for a Norwegian shipping company. The ship was sold to Swedish owners in 1934 and to a French company in 1939, on the last occasion having her name changed to Sinfra. Sinfra was confiscated by German authorities in 1942, and used by them in the Mediterranean. On 19 October 1943, Sinfra was bombedContinue reading “The sinking of MS Sinfra-Survivors Executed”

The Titanic

There have been far greater sea disasters then the Titanic but for more then 100 years it still captures the imagination of people like no other nautical disaster. Below are just some pictures of that famous unsinkable ship. Unfinished, at Belfast, on May 31, 1911. Under construction. The Titanic, ready to be launched The icebergContinue reading “The Titanic”

The RMS Atlantic- the “First Titanic”

RMS Atlantic, yard number 74, was a 3,707 ton four masted steam ship; only the second steam ship to be built for Thomas Ismay’s White Star Line. Sometimes referred to as White Star Line’s first Titanic, Atlantic sank  sank on April 1,1873 with the loss of around 562 lives, after striking rocks in Nova Scotia,Continue reading “The RMS Atlantic- the “First Titanic””

The fatal 90 seconds of The Herald of Free Enterprise

The Herald of Free Enterprise disaster occurred on 6 March 1987 after the Townsend Thoresen car ferry MS Herald of Free Enterprise left her berth at Zeebrugge, Belgium, with her bow doors open, capsizing soon after leaving the harbour.The ship left its berth in Zeebrugge inner harbour at 18:05 (GMT) with a crew of 80Continue reading “The fatal 90 seconds of The Herald of Free Enterprise”

31 January 1953- the day the Dutch lost the battle against the Sea.

On this day in 1953, flooding in the North Sea kills more than 1,500 people in the Netherlands and destroys 1 million acres of farmland. The storm also caused death and destruction in Great Britain and Belgium.   A combination of a high spring tide and a severe European windstorm over the North Sea causedContinue reading “31 January 1953- the day the Dutch lost the battle against the Sea.”

The sinking off the MV Wilhelm Gustloff

The sinking of the Titanic may be the most infamous naval disaster in history, and the torpedoing of the Lusitania the most infamous in wartime. But with death counts of about 1,500 and 1,200 respectively, both are dwarfed by what befell the Wilhelm Gustloff, a German ocean liner that was taken down by a SovietContinue reading “The sinking off the MV Wilhelm Gustloff”