MV Princess of the Orient

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The Princess of the Orient as Sunflower 11.

MV Princess of the Orient was a passenger ferry owned by Sulpicio Lines that sank off Fortune Island, off Batangas province in the Philippines in September 1998.

The sinking[edit]

On September 18, 1998, the 13,935-ton, 195.1-metre (640 ft) long MV Princess of the Orient, sailed from Manila to Cebu during a typhoon. The ship capsized at 12:55 p.m. near Fortune Island in Batangas and sank, and out of the 388 passengers onboard, 150 were killed. Passengers were floating at sea for more than 12 hours before rescuers were able to reach the survivors.[1]

The wreck[edit]

The wreck is resting on her port side at 122 meters (400 ft) below sea level just outside Manila Bay.[2] In the early 2000s, John Bennett and Ron Loos made the first scuba dives to the wreck site.[2][3] Due to the position of the wreck, the actual cause of the sinking may not be discovered.[3]

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Strings of Maritime Tragedies"
  2. ^ a b Stieglitz, Guy (September 2003). "25 minutes at 122m.". Sport Diver Magazine (UK). 
  3. ^ a b Taylor, Mike; Reed, Matt. "Projects: Princess of the Orient". Triton Oceanic Corporation. Retrieved 2011-02-25. 

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