Taken by the Sea: 11 Real-life Shipwrecks


The Doña Paz

The Doña Paz shipwreck in 1987 left nothing at all to be discovered after the fact. In the worst peacetime maritime disaster in history, the Doña Paz passenger ferry collided with an oil tanker in the Tablas Strait off the coast of the Philippines. Doña Paz was allowed to carry 1,518 passengers and crew, but as many as 4,500 were onboard at the time of the shipwreck. En route from the Philippines to Manila, the passenger ship hit a tanker carrying 8,800 barrels of oil products. The collision resulted in a ball of flames that immediately engulfed both ships and incinerated almost all evidence of the disaster. More than 4,000 people died, although no one knows the exact number because there was no accurate passenger manifest. Twenty-six people survived the wreck of the Doña Paz. Many of these people reported that at the time of the collision, they saw crew members drinking beer and watching movies.