WATCH: On This Day in 1994, the MS Achille Lauro Cruise Ship Caught Fire and Later Sank Off Somalia

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November 30, 2015

Shipping History reminds us that on this day in 1994, the MS Achille Lauro cruise ship caught fire and later sank near Somalia following an engine explosion. Below is a first-hand account of the incident filmed by one of the crew members onboard:

The MS Achille Lauro caught on fire and sank 125 miles off the coast of Somalia while I was working on board as a crew member. We were rescued by several ships and sailed a few days to Mombasa harbor.

More about the Achille Lauro on wikipedia.

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