The Arctic (1854)
Date: September 27, 1854
Number of deaths: more than 300
What happened: Nearly 60 years before the Titanic met its fate, the Arctic, a transatlantic ship that could sail from Liverpool to New York City in a mere nine days, experienced its own tragedy. Sailing through thick fog, the Arctic collided with a smaller French steamship known as the Vesta off the coast of Newfoundland. As the Arctic began to fill up with water and sink, the captain began to organize an evacuation of the passengers, ordering that women and children be put on the lifeboats first. But the cowardly crew and many of the male passengers made for the lifeboats, leaving every single woman and child to die once the Arctic sank.
5. Dona Paz (1987):
Date: December 20, 1987
How many deaths: 4,000
What happened: The Dona Paz, a passenger ferry boat that traveled back and forth between Manila and the Philippine island of Leyte collided with an oil tanker, causing the ferry to catch on fire and sink. All but a few of the 4,000+ passengers died as a result. Later dubbed “Asia’s Titanic,” it was believed that the Dona Paz was carrying twice as many passengers as it was legally permitted to do. Also throw in the fact that the boat was poorly maintained and operating without a license, and a tragedy like this was eventually bound to happen.