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Disasters at Sea

Disasters at Sea

Quest 2018

Disasters at Sea is a documentary series about the most mysterious and unexpected marine disasters in recent history, recreated through the visceral first-hand accounts of seamen and women on their worst day, and for some, their finest hour.Grounded in fact, each episode unfolds as a mystery, providing a suspenseful journey into the little known world of life at sea, and a tribute to the working men and women who sacrificed their lives for it all.A Northwest Pacific typhoon that sunk a cargo ship and launched a twenty-year investigation. An icy fight for survival on an Antarctic cruise. A simple turn that inexplicably capsized a cargo ship in Norway. Shipwrecks of massive scale and significance have rocked the world, perplexed investigators, and changed the shipping industry. Revisit and reexamine some of the most mysterious and harrowing sea disasters of the last 50 years.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Disasters at Sea

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#1 - Queen of the North

7.70

Season 2 - Episode 3

In March 2006, the Queen of the North sank after running aground on Gil Island in Wright Sound. What caused this historically strong and sturdy vessel to sink?

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Disasters at Sea from 10 votes.

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#2 - The Arctic Rose Mystery

7.56

Season 2 - Episode 4

Fishing boats sink frequently in the Bering Sea, but normally at least some of the crew survive. What happened to the fishermen on the Arctic Rose in 2001?

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Disasters at Sea from 9 votes.

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#3 - Deadly Neglect

7.50

Season 1 - Episode 2

Thirty miles off the coast of Virginia on February 11, 1983, bulk carrier Marine Electric struggles to stay afloat in a savage winter storm and sinks into the Atlantic. 31 of its 34 crewmembers are dead, leaving the Coast Guard and the NTSB scrambling for answers. Revisit the harrowing final moments of the 40-year-old vessel and follow the investigation that found dozens of other carriers and their crews at risk. https://www.smithsonianchannel.com/shows/disasters-at-sea/deadly-neglect/1005669/3467454

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Disasters at Sea from 14 votes.

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#4 - The Sinking of the Lady Mary

7.38

Season 2 - Episode 5

In March 2009, scallop fishing boat, the Lady Mary sank off the coast of New Jersey, killing six crew and leaving only one survivor. What happened to the Lady Mary?

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Disasters at Sea from 8 votes.

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#5 - Trapped In Typhoon Alley

7.37

Season 1 - Episode 1

Massive cargo ship MV Derbyshire, carrying nearly 160,000 tons of iron ore, is passing through the Northwest Pacific en route to Japan. Just a few days from her destination, a raging typhoon swallows up the ship and all 44 people on board. Witness the investigation launched by the family of the doomed ship's crew members, and see how their dogged determination for the truth uncovered a shocking problem potentially affecting an entire fleet of bulk carriers. https://www.smithsonianchannel.com/shows/disasters-at-sea/trapped-in-typhoon-alley/1005669/3467453

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Disasters at Sea from 19 votes.

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#6 - Four Minutes To Survive

7.36

Season 1 - Episode 3

Cargo ship MV Rocknes travels through the winding shipping channels of Norway in January 2004, loaded with 23,000 tons of gravel. Suddenly, the ship begins rolling dangerously to starboard, and within four minutes, it's completely upside down. After a desperate search for survivors and a heroic rescue of three crewmen trapped near the engine room, only 12 of the 30 crewmembers make it out alive. What follows is one of the most challenging investigations in Norwegian history--one that involved a stunning chain of oversights and errors.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Disasters at Sea from 11 votes.

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#7 - Storm Watch

7.30

Season 2 - Episode 1

The loss of a huge container ship leads baffled investigators to the bottom of the ocean. Why did an experienced crew end up on a deadly course?

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Disasters at Sea from 10 votes.

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#8 - Fire Fight

7.18

Season 2 - Episode 2

On December 28 2014, the Italian-owned car ferry Norman Atlantic had just left a Greek port with 487 passengers and 12 crew aboard, bound for Southern Italy, when a deadly and disastrous fire broke out on the car deck. What caused the ferocious flames on this passenger ferry and why did it spread so quickly?

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Disasters at Sea from 11 votes.

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#9 - The Ice Ship

7.18

Season 1 - Episode 4

Passengers on an adventure cruise in Antarctica watch on as their ship, the MV Explorer, plows through nine miles of ice. The vessel was built for polar sightseeing, but on this voyage, it springs a leak, and its lower deck is flooded with freezing seawater. All 154 aboard must abandon ship and spend five terrifying hours adrift in lifeboats before they are finally rescued. With the ship now at the bottom of the Southern Ocean, investigators turn to eyewitness accounts to understand what went wrong.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Disasters at Sea from 11 votes.

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#10 - Torn Apart

7.14

Season 1 - Episode 6

A violent crack tears the MSC Napoli apart and leaves the crew stranded. As the investigators dig into the cause of the wreck, they discover an alarming design flaw.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Disasters at Sea from 7 votes.

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#11 - Shipwrecked In Alaska
7.11
Season 1 - Episode 5

Bering Sea fishermen have some of the highest mortality rates of any job in the country, but the sinking of Alaska Ranger on Easter Sunday in 2008 was particularly stunning. Major flooding in the rudder room forced 47 crew members into the icy sea, setting off one of the most daring rescue missions in Coast Guard history. Follow the two-year investigation, which uncovered weaknesses not only in the Alaska Ranger's structure but in the maintenance of many of the fishing trawlers riding these deadly, unforgiving waters.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Disasters at Sea from 9 votes.

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#12 - Snapped in Two
7.00
Season 3 - Episode 1

When a massive bulk carrier snaps in two and sinks into the North Atlantic, investigators rush to find the cause before a similar disaster happens again.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Disasters at Sea from 2 votes.

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#13 - Ignition Point
7.00
Season 3 - Episode 2

An explosion on a chemical tanker in 2004 off the coast of Virginia leads to heroic rescue efforts and an investigation full of shocking revelations.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Disasters at Sea from 2 votes.

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#14 - Fire in the Hold
7.00
Season 3 - Episode 3

When a massive cargo ship explodes in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, an expert chemist uncovers what happened.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Disasters at Sea from 1 votes.

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#15 - Destination Unknown
7.00
Season 3 - Episode 4

The Bering Sea is notoriously dangerous and in 2017 a crabbing vessel mysteriously vanished. Dedicated investigators and experts explain what happened?

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Disasters at Sea from 1 votes.

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#16 - Capsized
7.00
Season 3 - Episode 5

In 1987, a modern ferry capsizes whilst traversing the English Channel. Investigators and experts explain how the incident caused 193 deaths.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Disasters at Sea from 1 votes.

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#17 - Death On The Staten Island Ferry
6.86
Season 2 - Episode 6

In October 2003, The Andrew Barbieri, a ferry between Manhattan and Staten Island crashed into a pier, killing eleven people and injuring many more. How did this happen?

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Disasters at Sea from 7 votes.

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#18 - Towed Under
6.50
Season 3 - Episode 6

In 2007 on the River Clyde, Scotland, a bulk carrier is assisted by a tugboat. Dedicated investigators explain how the journey went wrong, leaving three men dead.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Disasters at Sea from 2 votes.

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