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Wrecks and accidents

High drama, bravery, tragedy and triumph over adversity - all emotions that happen when there are accidents at sea.

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Why accidents happen

Ships are vulnerable to all sorts of accidents. Discover some of the things that can happen to a ship, its crew and passengers and how problems can create a disaster.
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Investigations  Investigating accidents in the UK

For the last 150 years, formal inquiries have been held following accidents at sea to British ships. Find out how they happen and what is done with their findings.
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Board of Trade Wreck Reports

View these pages to see full text versions of Board of Trade Wreck Reports.
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Improving Safety  Improving Safety at Sea

Going to sea has become safer because of disasters like Titanic. Discover how mariners are warned of danger and how the shipwrecked are saved.
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Finding out more about Wrecks and Accidents

If you want to find how a particular ship was lost or ended its days, or want to identify a wreck, this section tells you what to do.
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Accidents and the lessons learned

Investigating accidents in the UK

Fact File: What can happen to a ship

Quick quiz
Imagine you are the officer on watch when 'Titanic' hit an iceberg. Looking back, what should you have done?
 Not altered course
Ordered 'hard astern'
Gone to sea with more lifeboats

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