World Major Ferry/Ship Sinkings Fast Facts
Tugs and dredgers try to free megaship blocking Suez Canal
Tugboats and dredgers were working Friday to free a giant container ship blocking Egypt's Suez Canal for a fourth day, forcing companies to re-route services from the vital shipping lane around Africa. The MV Ever Given, which is longer than four football fields, has been wedged diagonally across the entire canal since Tuesday, shutting the waterway in both directions. The blockage has caused a huge traffic jam for more than 200 ships at either end of the 193-kilometre (120-mile) long canal and major delays in the delivery of oil and other products.
Here's a look at major ferry and ship sinking disasters throughout history.
This timeline is not-all inclusive; various incidents with at least 1,000 fatalities are listed. Death tolls vary by source.
Five things to know about the cargo ship blocking the Suez Canal
A massive, 1,300-foot cargo ship remains stuck in the Suez Canal after running aground nearly a week ago and becoming wedged sideways in the waterway, blocking all traffic through the vital shipping lane and causing major traffic jams in the Mediterranean and Red Seas.It soon became clear that major trade delays were on the horizon and would grow with each day the ship wasn't freed.Experts and officials are exploring multiple options to refloat the skyscraper-length vessel, but as of Sunday afternoon its bow section remained wedged in sand and rock.Here are five things to know about the grounded ship and the broader issues it is creating around the world:1.
April 27, 1865 - The Mississippi River steamer Sultana explodes and sinks near Memphis, Tennessee, killing between 1,450 and 1,700 people.
June 15, 1904 -in the East River in New York, killing 1,021 people.
April 15, 1912 -in the North Atlantic Ocean after hitting an iceberg on April 14, 1912, killing 1,503 people.
September 28, 1912 - The Japanese steamer Kiche Maru sinks during a typhoon off the coast of, killing more than 1,000 people.
May 29, 1914 -with the Norwegian ship Storstad in the St. Lawrence River, killing 1,014 people.
May 7, 1915 - The luxury liner Lusitania sinks off the coast of Ireland killing approximately 1,198 people after being torpedoed by a German submarine.
Huge ship blocking Suez Canal partially refloated, more work needed
Huge ship blocking Suez Canal partially refloated, more work neededISMAILIA, Egypt (Reuters) - A massive container ship blocking Egypt's Suez Canal for nearly a week has been partially refloated, the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) said on Monday, raising hopes the busy waterway will soon be reopened for a huge backlog of ships.
February 26, 1916 -in the Mediterranean Sea, killing 3,100 people.
August 29, 1916 -off the coast of China, killing about 1,000 people.
December 6, 1917 - The French ammunition ship Mont Blanc and Belgian steamer Imo collide in Halifax Harbor, killing about 1,600 people.
March 18, 1921 - A steamer named Hong Kong sinks in the South China Sea, killing approximately 1,000 people.
January 30, 1945 - The Wilhelm Gustloff sinks in the Baltic Sea after being hit bytorpedoes, killing more than 9,000 passengers and crew members.
February 10, 1945 - The Steuben, a German transport ship, is torpedoed in the Baltic Sea, killing 3,500 to 4,500 wounded soldiers and civilians.
April 16, 1945 - Between 6,000 and 7,000 people are killed when the German ocean liner Goya is torpedoed by a Russian submarine off the coast of Gdansk, Poland.
Colin Powell Fast Facts
Read CNN's Fast Facts for a look at the life of Colin Powell, former US secretary of state. © CNN PersonalBirth date: April 5, 1937 Birth place: Harlem, New YorkBirth name: Colin Luther PowellParents: Luther Powell, shipping clerkMother: Maud Ariel (McKoy) Powell, seamstressMarriage: Alma Vivian (Johnson) Powell (August 25, 1962-present)Children: Annemarie, Linda and MichaelEducation: City College of New York, B.S. in geology, 1958; George Washington University, M.B.A.
November 1, 1948 - A Chinese merchant ship with as many as 6,000 passengers explodes and sinks off southern Manchuria, killing all aboard.
December 3, 1948 - Between 1,100 and 3,920 die when Kiangya, a refugee ship, explodes after hitting a mine and sinking near Shanghai.
September 26, 1954 -in Tsugaru Strait, Japan, killing 1,172 people.
April 22, 1980 - About 1,000 people die when inter-island ferry Don Juan sinks off Mindoro Island, Philippines, after colliding with the Tacloban City barge.
December 20, 1987 - About 4,300 people are killed when the ferry Dona Paz collides with the tanker MT Victor in the Philippines.
September 26, 2002 -off the coast of Gambia in the Atlantic, killing approximately 1,863. It was carrying around three times its normal capacity.
February 3, 2006 -in the Red Sea due to a fire that originated below deck. At least 1,000 people are killed.
Ever Given's Crew Have Remained on Ship for 3 Weeks as Egyptian Authorities Seize Boat .
The Ever Given, a 1,300-foot ship weighing more than 200,000 tons, made headlines when it became stuck in the Suez Canal on March 23. The ship was stuck for nearly a week, creating a traffic jam that was estimated to hold up $9 billion per day in global trade. On March 29, a group of 10 tugboats was able to dislodge the ship after several unsuccessful refloating attempts. Videos captured the Ever Given's crew and Suez Canal workers cheering when the ship was finally freed. Strong winds and a dust storm were originally thought to be the cause of the blockage.