Maiden voyage

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The Bremen left for her maiden voyage in 1929

The maiden voyage is the first journey by a watercraft or land vehicle under real conditions. The analogous expression maiden flight denotes the first flight of an airplane or airship .

After construction and construction, the first voyage has to prove whether the ship has really proven itself. The maiden voyage is usually preceded by trials and extensive tests.

Ship sinks on the maiden voyage

  • The Swedish galleon Vasa sank on August 10, 1628 on her maiden voyage. The incorrectly constructed ship capsized after a gust of wind after a distance of 1,300 m and a journey time of around 20 minutes while still in port. As a result, it was well preserved and can now be viewed as a museum exhibit.
  • The paddle steamer Amazon sank on its maiden voyage across the Atlantic in 1852 after a fire on board, 104 of the 163 people on board perished.
  • The Tayleur sank on January 21, 1854 during her maiden voyage after colliding with a rock. 362 of the 652 people on board died.
  • The RMS City of Philadelphia sank on its maiden voyage off Cape Race in 1854.
  • On April 15, 1912, the British passenger ship RMS Titanic sank on its maiden voyage after colliding with an iceberg . Around 1500 people were killed.
  • The Danish ship Hans Hedtoft collided with an iceberg on January 30, 1959 on the way back from its maiden voyage off the west coast of Greenland and sank. All 95 people on board were killed.

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