Top 10 Disastrous Iceberg/Ship Collisions In The North Atlantic
- Titanic, 4/14/12, Southampton to New York City, 1,517 dead.
Note that the sum of the lives lost in Nos. 2 through 10 — 1,452 dead — total 65 fewer than the Titanic. With the lone exception of the 1959 incident and the Titanic, all other major collisions with an iceberg that resulted in loss of life occurred in the 19th century.
Also, note that the Vaillant struck an iceberg on April 14 — just like the Titanic.
Another ship, the Prior, struck a berg on April 14 in 1880 — casualties in that incident are unknown.
Additionally, the surviving members of the Vaillant had to resort to cannibalism to stay alive. Some of the survivors on many of these collisions stayed on the iceberg until they were picked up.
— Source: Brian T. Hill’s website and iceberg database