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Photographer:DDGHANSA [View profile]Title:LAKONIAAdded:Mar 06, 2019
Photo Category: Cruise Ships and Liners built before 1950
Builder: Nederlandsche Scheepsbouw Mij. N. V., Amsterdam, Netherlands
Year of build: 1930 (Yard no. 194)
Owner: Greek Line (General Steam Navigation Co. of Greece), Piraeus, Greece
Measures: BRT 20314, NRT 11605, LOA 186 m, breadth 22,9 m, draught 12,09 m, 14000 bhp, 19 kn
Owner: Stoomvaart Maatschappij Nederland (SMN), Amsterdam, Netherlands
LAKONIA (1963)
Owner: Greek Line (General Steam Navigation Co. of Greece), Piraeus, Greece

On December 22nd 1963, while having 646 passengers and 376 crew on board during a Christmas Cruise, Lakonia (Capt. Mathios Zarbis) caught fire. It was around midnight and many passengers were in the ship´s ballroom. The emergency procedure on board went into a real fiasco. The extinguishers weren´t powerful enough, the alarm signal too weak and only half of the lifeboats were being used. 4 hours after the first S.O.S. call, the first ship arrived to their rescue. In total 128 souls were lost by drowning, the fire or injuries while jumping over board. An effort was done to tug the ship for salvage, but as she was taking water, she capsized and finally disappeared below the waves some 250 miles West from Gibraltar.

From the collection of my grandfather.
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Thomas van Leyden on Mar 14, 2019 21:40 (8 days ago)
Beautiful classic liner of dutch origine
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