This Day in Maritime History: Achille Lauro Hijacking (1985)


The New York Times reminds us that on this day back in 1985, the MS Achille Lauro with 400 passengers aboard was hijacked. While maritime security has increased significantly over the past ten years, one has to wonder with the recent rise in piracy, if we will be reading about this type of thing soon again.

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Ironically, in December of 1994 the Achille Lauro caught fire and sank off the coast of Somalia, today’s hotbed of piracy.

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Peter A. Mello

Father, son. Lifelong mariner, student of leadership, photographer. Professional creative placemaker.

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