Video: The sinking of the Marine Electric

The SS Marine Electric sank during a storm in the North Atlantic on Feb. 12, 1983. Of the 34 crew members on board, only three survived. Out of the tragedy came important changes to the Coast Guard including the creation of the rescue swimmer program.


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    Just saw the show Disasters at sea featuring the Marine Electric and the loss of 31 men. Very sad but also fascinating on the cause.

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    Paul Shrader Sr on

    My step father was an engineer on the Marine Electric and died onboard ship returning from Haifa, Israel to Norfolk, VA, 1974. I was in S. Vietnam, 1969 – 1970 and spent 3 days onboard the Electric when my stepdad brought ammunition and c-rations to Vietnam, to return stateside with helicopters, shot down in country. RIP.

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